Rats are common pests throughout the world. There are many species in the genus Rattus, but the main species that causes problems for Scottsdale, Arizona residents is Rattus rattus, or the roof rat.
Roof rats will cause serious damage to your home. In their constant search for food and water, they can:
- Chew through wires, wood and plastic pipes
- Contaminate food
- Destroy belongings
- Spread germs
They have even been known to bite people and pets. This can cause scary illnesses like rat bite fever.
Rats are easier to get rid of when they are detected early. You don’t have to search your home every day, but you should be aware of signs that signal the presence of rats.
The most common signs are:
- Obvious rodent damage and droppings
- Scampering and chewing noises coming from the walls or ceiling
- Unexplained odor of urine
- Pets acting strangely and paying unusual attention to the walls
- “Rodent runways,” or rub marks on the floor along walls
What To Do If You See The Signs
You want to get rid of the rats as soon as possible, prevent more from coming in and clean up the damage.
Extermination and prevention depends on proper use of traps and poisons. Your home needs to be inspected for entry points and things that attract rodents too. This is one case where it is well worth the money to hire a professional. Remember, you need quick results to prevent further damage and health risks.
You should start this right after you call a pest control specialist.
- Look through your pantry and discard any food that shows signs of contamination
- Clean all floors, counters and other frequently contacted surfaces in your home with a disinfectant cleaner
- Check your storage areas for damage to cardboard boxes and their contents
- Keep your garage floor cleaned and even consider epoxy garage flooring if you are in Phoenix.
- Consider calling a professional home inspector to see if there is any major structural or electrical damage that needs to be fixed
Keep Them Out
Pest control services don’t end when the pests are gone. Be sure to follow your exterminator’s suggestions to prevent reinfestation.