6 urgent reasons to get the war on rats under control

A rat carries fatal diseases as well as ticks, mites and fleas. (Pixabay pic)

Some may think that rats are adorable creatures, but don’t be fooled by their cute outer appearance. If you see one or two running around, or hear their soft footsteps and little squeaks – get pest control ASAP!

If you thought these tiny furry creatures were harmless, you thought wrong. They can bring a lot of harm to your family and home. Thus, here are the reasons why you shouldn’t delay rodent control.

1. Increases risk of disease

It’s a no-brainer that rats bring diseases into your home – they are after all, one of the dirtiest animals on earth.

Due to the fact that they like going through rubbish and mostly live in sewers, they carry numerous diseases.

For example, humans can contract Hantavirus, a deadly virus, just by being in contact with rat urine or faeces. Thus, delaying the termination of these pests will put the health of you and your family at high risk.

2. Fleas, mites and ticks infestation

Not only are they dangerous on their own account, rats are also carriers of fleas, mites, and ticks. This means that a rat infestation in your home may lead to a flea infestation as well.

Did you know? The Bubonic Plague was not caused by a rat infestation as was suggested but by the fleas that were carried by the rats. This shows how lethal rats can be.

3. Damage to wiring

You wouldn’t want your home WiFi to be down because a rat chewed on the wire, would you? Besides that, damaged wires are one of the biggest causes of home fires.

So, don’t take the risk of your wires getting damaged just because a tiny rodent got hungry and thought the wires were coloured liquorice.

Be sure to check your wires for any signs of damage done by rats and hire our electrical experts to get it fixed for you.

4. Contamination of food supplies

Hungry rats will eat your food supplies besides leaving behind their faeces and urine. (Pexels pic)

Rats are attracted to anything that’s edible. So, the first place they’ll go to is your kitchen. They’ll rummage through your pantry, bite through the boxes of food, and even leave their tiny footprints everywhere, tracking in all sorts of dirt and bacteria that could contaminate your food supply.

Even worse is if they leave behind faeces or urinate all over exposed food. Eating rat contaminated food can lead to death.

5. Unpleasant stench

Other than that, the most noticeable thing about a rat infestation is the stench. Their foul smells can cause respiratory problems in humans.

Unfortunately, the stench gets worse if a rat dies and is left decomposing in some part of your home. Most times, no one knows how to get rid of the stench especially when they can’t even find the rats’ hiding ground.

6. Rapid reproduction

If you didn’t already know this, a pair of rats can breed up to 2,000 offspring in a year. They are rapid breeders!

So, if you see or hear a rat, do not assume that there is just one lurking around because it is probably tending to a whole family of rats somewhere in your home.

It is important to nip rat infestation in the bud before one rat turns into an army rats in your home, which will be a lot more work to take care of.

As you can tell, rat control should not be taken lightly. The delay in terminating these pests can cause major health and financial risk to you and your family.

So, don’t delay. Get trusted experts to get the job done for you.

This article first appeared in kaodim.com

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