Rats: The Dirty Thief

There’s nothing fun about finding rats around your home or property. Rats have been plaguing humans for centuries, famous for their continuously-growing sharp teeth, their desire for human food, their tendency to get into homes and buildings and create nests and their health problems – rats are the essence of a pest.

Corporate Care is the expert in rat removal and rat control services and we have the latest methods for finding where rats are getting in and preventing them from returning.

If you think that you might have rats on your property or inside your home then call for a Corporate Care rat control expert at 01707009599 or contact us online to set up an appointment.

Rat Behavior

Rat populations can be found in rural, suburban and urban areas, especially if there’s a water source nearby. Rats need a water source in order to survive even though they don’t drink much water per day.

Rats are also social creatures, which means a hierarchy develops in rat populations. This typically consists of one dominant rat and several subordinates. Although this is typically found in male rats, female rats display hierarchies as well.

Rat Diet

Rats will pretty much eat whatever is placed in front of them. A more technical term for this is “opportunistic omnivores”. From fruit to animal carcasses, don’t be surprised if you find rat eating these items or anything in between:

    • Grains
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Seeds
    • Nuts

Diseases from Rats

There are numerous health problems associated with a rat infestation. These include:

  • Hantavirus – a potentially lethal virus if humans come in contact with rat urine or feces.
  • Rat bite fever – from the saliva of a rat, it comes from rats biting humans.
  • Bubonic plague – the famous disease that nearly wiped out humanity during the Middle Ages was eventually traced back to parasites like fleascarried by rats.
  • Rickettsial diseases – various forms of Typhus fall into this category and can also be carried by rat-borne parasites.
  • Leptospirosis – a disease transmitted from contact with rat urine that is serious eno.

Signs of Rats

How do you know if you have rats? Here are a few of the common signs:

  • Droppings – you might find these in places like cupboards, cabinets and other areas around the home where rats like to hide
  • Scratching sounds – if you hear gnawing and the sounds of scampering in the walls or around the house you might have rats.
  • Damage – a rat’s teeth are constantly growing and that means they have to chew on hard things like wood to trim them back. You might find holes in walls and wood.
  • Rub marks – rats get coated with dirt and they like to rub against the walls to find their way around a room’s perimeter, since they can’t see so well. You can often find smudges as an indication of rats, but they can often stay on walls for a long time, so it might be from an old infestation.
  • Rats themselves – if you see one rat, there’s a good chance there are a bunch more hiding in nests or burrows that you can’t see.
  • Nests and burrows – check behind shelves, boxes, behind the fridge, anywhere that a rat might like to use as a hiding space.

How to Get Rid of Rats

If you have noticed signs of rats, we recommend you seek help from rat management experts for a true solution to the issue. A rat professional can locate the places where rats are based and keep them from entering your property again. These are services that Corporate Care provides and we are equipped to combat your rat problems.

Rat Control Services

At Corporate Care we will do a complete inspection of your home and find where the rats are getting in. We seal up the access points and then go about finding the rat burrows and rat nests that might be inside your home. We work with you to find the right solution, such as rat bait stations, that works with your family, your schedule and your home.

Get rid of rats from inside your home. We will remove the rats and make sure that no more rats come back. Stop a rat infestation today! Contact us online or call 01707009599.

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