Rat-borne disease spread in the home
The principal vector for rat-borne disease transmission to people is through rat droppings. Phoenix rats do not have a very civil sense of waste elimination. They are out of control! They do not think of your preferences when they decide on where to utilize the restroom. The sad outcome is, that they frequently do so all over your house. This includes areas like your attic, kitchen counters, closets, below furniture, inside walls and vents. Whenever feces builds up from any kind of type of animal, the danger of disease transmission to human beings and pets escalates.
Rats Transmit Hantavirus
Rats can transmit the very infectious virus called the hantavirus. This health condition can be passed to humans when they enter into contact with rat droppings, pee, or nesting materials. This danger makes it crucial to control your rat pest infestation. If you venture into a rat-infested attic and mingle with animal waste, or you have a water leak that spreads through rat pee or droppings, the hantavirus can come to be aerosolized and enter your lungs with the oxygen you inhale.
The hantavirus symptoms resemble that of the usual flu virus: high temperature, muscle ache, fatigue, impaired breathing, chills, etc. There is no well-known treatment for the hantavirus, and signs and symptoms really need to pass normally. If you catch the virus in this fashion, it is very important to control access to yourself from family and friends until the contagious period can pass (typically around 2 weeks).
Damage and Hazards Caused by Rats
Rats cause all sorts of destruction to your home. They have no problem tearing apart your roof covering, sheet-rock, and insulation. They do this because they are searching for food to consume, water to drink, and safe and comfy areas to sleep. Rats also have teeth that continue to grow throughout the course of their lives, so they really need to grind them down. Here are the primary kinds of damage and hazard that they cause:
- Chew through pipes: Rats will chew on metal pipes to grind their teeth down, and through PVC pipes to get at water from the line. A control program lowers this risk.
- Water leaks: If you fail to control a rodent infestation, it’s no surprise that you might have a leaky pipe or a full blow wet spot forming in your house.
- Chew through wires: Wires are another vulnerable target for Rats with teething issues.
- Fire Risk: When rats chew through wires, you run a high risk of fire from shorts.
Rodent Entry Points into your Home
Can you believe that a Rat can fit through a hole an inch in diameter? Even if the hole is rather little, rodents native to Arizona are natural chewers and will certainly expand little openings until they are big enough to invite all sorts of wildlife inside. They have really sharp teeth and do not mind using them to make their entrance ways much more accessible
Were you aware that Rats are exceptional climbers? They are able to scale trees, poles, and rough surfaces made out of brick and cinderblock. One of the most usual entrance points that we see during a control program are A/C tubing exhaust openings in your homes siding. We also see a lot of rats get in through the roof and eave areas, making it very easy for them to come into your attic. Garage doors are a huge issue, as they are not sealed nearly as well as typical doors into your home.
It’s also crucial to consider exterior control issues, like fractures in your foundation, holes in pipes, and loosened screens. DIY house repair work and upgrades can often introduce holes that wildlife are eager to exploit.
Rodent Behavior and Control
Phoenix area Rats and rodents have different preferences, yet you need to understand that they are all omnivorous (meaning they will certainly consume both plants and animals) when they are hungry. Rat teeth continue to grow till the animal passes away, so it is essential for them to routinely grind their teeth down to control the growth. If you hear scratching or gnawing sounds during the night, this is most likely the reason. Due to this, rats have a high capacity for causing considerable property damage.
Rats and rodents have a tendency to be nocturnal, unless their environment comes to be nerve-racking. A hazard of malnourishment or a predator could make rats active during the day. Rats survive in all sorts of habitats, including ground burrows, trees and dense vegetation, damp sewage systems, and also inside attics.
Rats native to Phoenix are typically extremely scared of people, and they are clever enough to stay out of sight, and do their best to stay out of mind. They have an outstanding sense of smell that will tell them when prospective predators are nearby, so they are normally well out of sight before you walk into a room. Due to this, you are unlikely to catch them red handed trashing your stuff.
Rodent Control Procedure: Here are the steps for our Phoenix Clients
The most important part of a rodent control program is the inspection. Our Rodent Pest Control team makes sure to do a thorough inspection of your house. Our job is to identify how exactly these rats and mice have been gaining entry in the first place. We check your attic, roof, pipelines, foundation and exterior walls for gaps and holes that your rodents could be sneaking through. We also make sure to check nearby trees, bushes, and poles that rats and mice might climb to get roof access. Once we see these risk factors and entry points, we have a good idea where rodents have entered your home and made their nests.
2.Rat and Mice Exclusion
Now that our control team has found the hotspots and entrance points, we know exactly how your rodents have been getting in and out of your home. Before we take any kind of extermination action, it’s vital that your rodent control team seals these spaces and openings. One of the most successful solutions for the prevention of future infestation is to utilize steel wire mesh. This mesh enables essential openings like vents to stay open, yet has small enough holes to control wildlife access. The mesh we make use of is made out of strong, galvanized steel so rodents can not chew through it.
3.Rat Extermination and Removal
Now that we’ve seen to it that brand-new rats and rodents can not enter, it’s time to carry on to the major control procedure. There are no methods that are both effective and totally humane to handle a rodent control problem, so we employ the use of snap traps to very quickly and promptly manage an indoor rat issue. We have spent a lot of years developing our trapping and control proficiencies, so we know the best techniques, sites for traps, and the correct bait to employ. We abide by all state laws in Arizona when it comes to rat extermination.
We completely reject the use of poisonous substances to control a rat population, especially inside your house. It’s never a good strategy to introduce poisonous substances to control pests into an environment that you, your loved ones, and family pets stay in. It is an entirely unneeded danger! Also, the majority of poisons cause rats and mice to look desperately for water before they dehydrate. This will put your water lines in significant danger.
4.Rat & Rodent Feces Decontamination
If your control program is successful, your rats are gone, however the danger is not. Rat waste is a considerable vector for disease transfer to humans. It is also just plain nasty! Rodent pee, droppings, and nesting materials really need to be appropriately and safely removed and decontaminated. If we avoided this step, you would have a biological time bomb sitting in your attic, inside your walls, or in your cellar. We utilize personal protective equipment and special chemicals to effectively decontaminate your home after an infestation has been cleared up.
5.Rat Damage Repair
It’s most likely that your rats did a number on your house. They may have trashed your insulation, damaged your pipelines, chewed through your wires, or damaged your HVAC system. Our AAAC Wildlife Removal pros are also very well trained and talented at wildlife damage repair. We will return your home to like-new condition. We’re simply the best Phoenix pest control service there is!