Rat Control 101: A Complete Guide For Bay Area Property Owners

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Rats are rarely a homeowner’s first thought when they hear scratching or squeaking sounds in the walls or ceiling, but these pests are more common than you’d think. These rodents are social animals that breed rapidly, so the chances of having only one rat in your home are low. Welcome to Rat Control 101, where we will provide everything you need to keep these troublesome pests out of your house.

We’ll start by explaining more about rat behavior to give you a clear understanding of what you are up against. We’ll also review the risks they pose to your family and property and provide our best tips for keeping your home rodent-free. Read on to learn how to achieve successful Bay Area rat control with the experts from The PEST Group.

Understanding Rat Behavior: Insights For Effective Rat Control

Two species of rats invade homes in our area: the roof rat and the Norway rat. As their name suggests, roof rats are more likely to infest areas like attics, while Norway rats prefer to nest in lower levels of the house within piles of debris or other undisturbed material. Both species will eat almost anything we do, and you will likely find food packages with damage and stockpiles of extra food around their nests.

These rats live up to a year and reproduce rapidly, giving birth to anywhere between 25 and 70 offspring in their short lives. Rats are nocturnal and try to avoid people, so you are more likely to notice their signs initially, like droppings and gnaw marks. If you suspect these pests are in your house, contact us today at The PEST Group for assistance in eliminating them before the problem worsens.

Rat Dangers: Health Risks And Property Damage Explained

Regarding health hazards and property damage, rats are among the worst pests that invade North Texas homes. The following list describes some of the potential dangers of an infestation:

  • Rat droppings and urine contaminate food and surfaces, endangering the health of your family and pets.

  • These rodents can spread several illnesses, including rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, jaundice, and trichinosis.

  • These pests gnaw on furniture, through walls and cabinets, and even plastic and lead pipes.

  • Rats in the walls or attic will chew electrical wiring, creating a fire hazard.

The best way to protect your home and family from these risks is to contact a professional pest control company at the first signs of rat activity. Contact us today at The PEST Group to learn more about our rat control services.

Top Rat Prevention Tips: How to Keep Your Home Rodent-Free

Once these rodents are out of the house, there are specific steps you can take to avoid another rat infestation. Here are some of our most effective prevention tips you can start using right away:

  • Eliminate any sources of moisture in and around your home.

  • Seal holes and gaps on the exterior larger than a nickel.

  • Store food (including pet food) in airtight containers.

  • Keep firewood and debris piles away from the house.

The PEST Group is here to help you eliminate these pests and prevent their return. Contact us today to learn more about our rat pest control services.

Call The Rat Control Experts: Ensuring Safe And Effective Elimination

Enlisting the help of a professional pest control company is the safest and most effective way to deal with a rat infestation. Contact us today at The PEST Group to learn more about our rat removal and control services or to request a free inspection.

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