Rats are the ugly stepsiblings in the rodent family. While most people
consider mice adorable, they do not extend the same sentiments to the
rat family. This is for good reason, considering the dangers that rats
can bring. They bring bacteria, disease, and pollution into the home.
They can cause harmful viruses such as the flu and Hantavirus. The rats
usually sneak into the home through small cracks, crevices, and openings
in the home. Once in, they usually beeline for the kitchen and corridors
where there is food. But how can you tell if you have rats for sure? We
have listed some ways for you to investigate.
At night, you might here soft, scratching noises coming through the walls.
Maybe a small pitter, patter in the pantry. Once dark, open the lights
in a room you suspect the rat to be in. If you hear scurrying sounds,
more than likely, you have rats in your home. You should also listen for
any gnawing sounds, as this too can be an indicator.
There are many signs of rats in your home you can look for. Check your
wires, any wrapped packaging, and boxes for chew marks. Move your furniture
to see if you have any openings from which the rats can enter. Also look
in pantries and wall corners to if you find any fresh droppings. These
would all mean that there are rats in the home.
For a more proactive investigation, place a small dusting of flour or powder
around the area you suspect the rats to walk through. There will be pawmarks
or movement of the dust if the rats walked by. In a similar vein, place
a small pile of food and see if it gets touched.
If you believe you have rats in your home, do not try to handle the problem
by yourself. Rats can be harmful, particularly if you try to hold them
yourself. They can bite, which can cause serious health risks. Instead,
contact our Critter Control animal removal team in Reno. We offer free
inspections to make sure you have a rat problem. Contact us today to schedule