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When to Call Pest Control for Rats: Identifying Infestation Signs and Taking Action

July 14, 2023

Rats are common pests that can invade our homes, causing damage, spreading diseases, and creating a nuisance but how do you know when to call a pest control team? While seeing a rat scurrying across your floor is a clear sign of an infestation, there are other, more subtle indicators that can help you identify the presence of these unwanted guests. Here we will discuss when it’s time to call us, along with the signs of an infestation that you should be aware of.

Signs of Rat Infestation
Droppings: One of the most evident signs of a rat infestation is the presence of their droppings. Their droppings are small, dark, and resemble rice grains. You may find them near food sources, in cupboards, along baseboards, or in hidden corners of your home.

Gnaw Marks: They have a constant need to gnaw to keep their teeth from growing too long. Look for marks on wood, plastic, or even electrical wires. Chewed wires can lead to potential fire hazards, so it’s crucial to address the issue promptly.

Tracks and Smudge Marks: Rats will tend to follow the same pathways repeatedly. You may notice greasy smudge marks along walls or baseboards, which are left by their fur as they rub against surfaces.

Unusual Pet Behavior: If you have pets and they begin to display a heightened interest in a particular area or start sniffing around walls and corners, they might be sensing the presence of rats or other pests.

Scratching Noises: Rats are nocturnal creatures, and you may hear scratching, scurrying, or squeaking sounds coming from the walls or ceilings during the night.

Nests: Rats create nests with materials like shredded paper, fabric, and insulation. Check for hidden nests in attics, crawl spaces, and dark corners.

Foul Odors: A strong, musty odor may indicate a large rat infestation, as rats mark their territory with urine.

When to Call Pest Control
Knowing when to call pest control is essential to prevent the rat infestation from growing out of control. Here are some scenarios where you should consider seeking professional help:

Visible Signs of Rats: If you have seen rats during the day or night, it’s a clear sign that there’s an infestation, and immediate action is necessary.

Extensive Damage: They can cause significant damage to your property, including gnawing through structures, wires, and insulation. If you notice considerable damage, it’s time to call in the experts.

Health Concerns: Rats carry various diseases and can contaminate food and surfaces with their droppings and urine. If you’re concerned about the health risks posed by a rat infestation, seek professional pest control services.

Ineffective DIY Measures: If your attempts to deal with the rat problem using DIY methods have proven ineffective, it’s time to bring in the professionals. They can be challenging to eliminate without proper knowledge and equipment.

Preventative Measures: Even if you haven’t seen a rat yet but have noticed some of the signs mentioned above, it’s best to take a proactive approach. Pest control experts can conduct an inspection and advise you on preventive measures to protect your home.

An infestation can pose serious risks to both your property and health. Identifying the signs of a rat infestation early on and knowing when to call pest control is essential to prevent the problem from worsening. Whether you’ve spotted obvious signs of rats or just suspect their presence, it’s wise to seek the assistance of a professional pest control service and call us to ensure a safe and effective removal process.  Taking prompt action can help ensure a rat-free and safer living environment for you and your family, if in doubt contact us..


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