Although rats look large, don’t let the hair fool you; they can actually squeeze through small cracks that are only half an inch wide or holes about the size of a quarter. Rats are found practically everywhere and can become a nuisance when they enter your home in search of food and shelter. When not adequately addressed, rat infestations can get out of control, which is why you should call the experts at Critter Control® of Fort Worth, Texas for all of your rat removal needs.
Our technicians have years of experience dealing with some of Fort Worth’s most common pests. After we come to your home and complete our free inspection, we will make a customized removal plan to get rid of the rats for good. Our animal services don’t stop after the removal is complete, we also offer additional services that prevent the rodents from returning, as well as cleaning and repairing any damage they may have left.
- Food contamination. Many rats prefer to eat human food, which is why when it comes to your kitchen, rats are like a kid in a candy store. Rats become a huge problem once they get to where your food is stored because they contaminate more food than they eat. Their sharp, prominent teeth allow them to easily tear through packages, and gnaw on the wood of pantry shelves. As the rats feast until their heart’s content, they also leave their urine and droppings, which not only spoils food but also aids in the spreading of dangerous diseases.
- Health risks. Rats are known to spread diseases such as the plague, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and tularemia, to both humans and pets. These diseases can be passed on through rat bites, the improper handling and disposing of dead rats, and drinking or eating food that’s been contaminated with their urine, feces, saliva, and hair. It’s also possible for diseases to be transferred indirectly through ticks, fleas, and mites.
- Attic destruction. Rats who get inside of your attic will use your insulation as nesting material, which drives up your cooling costs, as well as costs you money to properly repair and replace any additional damage.
- Gnawing damage. To avoid their teeth from overgrowing, which causes injury to their mouth, rats need to chew on something constantly. Therefore, it’s common to discover gnawing through your wires and pipes, which can lead to potential floods and fires.
Let the Experts Help
Rats pose many health risks, so we never recommend you try to remove them on your own. You may have success killing a few with DIY techniques, but you will still need to investigate how and why rats are getting into your home so that you can stop the issues from happening again.
Hiring a professional company such as Critter Control® of Fort Worth, will give you peace of mind that your rat problems will be taken care of correctly from start to finish. For any questions about our safe and humane removal process, call us today at 469.805.6262.