Do Rats Carry Diseases?Mice and rat infestations reached epidemic proportions this past year, claiming lives in some areas. The CDC warns that breathing in air contaminated with viruses like Hantavirus is a major risk for humans due to the presence of the virus in rodent urine, droppings, and saliva. Infestations of rodents can spread disease without human contact.
Rodents Can Cause Damage & Home FiresArson is another frequent and devastating effect of a rodent problem. The teeth of rodents like mice and rats grow at a phenomenal rate. True, their front teeth, the incisors, never stop developing. For this reason, rodents like mice and rats need to chew constantly to keep their teeth from becoming too long. The wiring, internet cables, and any other household necessities can fall into this category.
Rat PreventionRat and mouse prevention is much simpler than rat and mouse removal. A few easy measures can usually deter rodents from entering your home, so I’ve included them below.
- Fill cracks and crevices to keep out mice and rodents.
- Make sure your home’s exterior is free of gaps and cracks by sealing them.
- Protect pipes and utility lines by sealing off their entry points.
- Ease the burden of water runoff by installing gutters.
- Get any boxes off the floor and put them somewhere safe in order to prevent rodents from nesting inside
How to Get Rid of RatsThere are some things you can do on your own to try to get rid of a mouse or rat problem if you’re currently experiencing one:
- You set snap traps, positioning them near walls where rodents are most likely to travel. In the event that the snap trap is successful, however, you will still need to dispose of the dead mouse.
- Although mice poison is available, we typically advise against using it. It is important to note that the same poisons used to kill mice and rats can be fatal to humans and pets.