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Every homeowner dreads having a pest infestation, especially if the pest invading their home is a destructive rodent. A roof rat, house rat, ship rat, or black rat is one of the rodents that Woodland homeowners struggle with. A roof rat infestation can make life in your home miserable because you will walk into your kitchen at night and hear unsettling movements and sounds in your attic. Fortunately, All-Safe Pest & Termite can provide you with much-needed pest control in The Woodlands. We have affordable rates, the latest equipment, and experienced personnel to handle the task.

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Signs Of A Roof Rat Infestation

 

Roof rats in The Woodlands have a unique physical appearance compared to other rats, making them easy to identify. They usually have lean bodies and a tail longer than their bodies. They are black and have pointed facial features, especially their noses. If you want to know whether there is a roof rat infestation in your home, watch out for these signs:

  • You might spot a rat running along the fence, roof, patios, and power lines or through trees. You will likely see them at dawn or dusk because they are nocturnal animals.
  • Rat droppings inside your home or near the house. Droppings are about 13mm in size and have sharp ends.
  • Damaged electrical wires in your home
  • Dirty or greasy trails in your house
  • A rat nest in the insulation or around your property
  • Scratch marks in your home on furniture or walls
  • Pets may display signs of restlessness or stress. They may bark or hiss unexpectedly and show an unusual interest in the roof.
  • If you have fruit trees in your garden, you will find half-eaten fruits lying around.

Like most pests, rat roofs multiply rapidly. A female can have a litter of about eight small rats. So it would be helpful if you enlisted the services of All-Safe Pest & Termite to help you eliminate the roof rat problem as soon as you notice the above signs. The earlier we come in and do rat control, the better.

 

The Dangers Roof Rats Bring To Properties

 

Pests are not fun to have around. Even a roof rat can cause various problems to the home and its occupants, such as:

  • Spreading diseases. They may carry diseases like salmonellosis, tularemia, rat-bite fever, and leptospirosis. Salmonella can cause food poisoning when rats come into contact with food and walk on surfaces where humans eat.
  • They may destroy furniture and walls. They chew nonstop on wood and can even chew on the roof to get access to a building. They can chew ledges, corners, and doors. They also damage insulation in the attic and walls when building nests.
  • They can cause house fires when they chew on electrical wires, leaving live wires exposed and they can short out.
  • They cause damage to the structural integrity and beauty of a home.
  • They can cause flood problems when they chew pipes.
  • They can stimulate allergies and asthma due to dust, droppings, and fur.
  • They spread parasites such as mites, ticks, and fleas.

Roof rats are indeed dangerous to have around. The best thing to do is get rid of them as fast as possible to avoid all the dangers they can cause in your home. A reputable Woodlands pest control professional is all you need to continue living an enjoyable life in your house.

 

Effectively Deterring Roof Rats In And Around Your Home

 

Once roof rats settle in your home and start growing in numbers, it becomes quite challenging to eliminate them. So, the best thing you can do is put measures in place to prevent them from entering and building nests in your home. Some of the effective ways of discouraging them from living in your space are:

  • Keep food in metal containers and cover them tightly.
  • Take garbage outside the moment the trash bin is full.
  • Ensure there are no leaking faucets inside or outside the home.
  • Cover trash tightly inside and outside the home.
  • Use a metallic trash can in your kitchen that has a tight-fitting lid.
  • Clean surfaces as soon as food spills.
  • Ensure your home is always well-organized and clutter-free.
  • Get rid of bird feeders and fallen fruits in your yard.
  • Inspect your home regularly and repair places where rats can fit to use them as entry points like the roof, outside wall, and foundation.

Keeping your home clean is good for your health and will also help keep rats from invading your space. Pests can terrorize you and your pets and make it nearly impossible to live in your home. This behavior is very unacceptable. Apply these tips to keep the furry roof rats out.

 

Getting Rid Of Roof Rats For Good

 

All-Safe Pest & Termite is an experienced rodent control company dedicated to helping locals keep all pests away for the long term. We will determine whether you are dealing with roof or Norway rats and use effective methods to produce long-lasting results. We will bait and trap the rats and return after a short period to monitor the progress. We will help you seal all entry points and get rid of rats on your property. Call us today for reliable rat pest control in Woodlands.

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