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How Dangerous Is It To Have Rats On My Souderton Property?

June 7, 2021


Every home and residence eventually develops its own interesting noises as it settles over time, from creaks and groans to unusual popping sounds. Sounds resembling scratching, scurrying, and chewing, though, are not among the regular settling noises you should be hearing in your Souderton home. Rodents such as rats are more likely to be the culprits, and if your evening routine is plagued with this irritating ambiance, then you should know what kind of pest problem you're dealing with.

Facts About Rats In Souderton

a rat outside

The most common species of rat in Souderton is the roof rat, also known as the black rat or ship rat. It's light brown to black in color with a lighter underbelly, pointed nose, large ears, and black eyes, and it has a long scaly tail. From nose to tail, they can grow up to 18 inches long! What's even more interesting, though, is that they can fit through holes that are 20 millimeters in diameter, which is less than an inch. To put it into perspective, a quarter is about 24 millimeters.

Unlike other rodents, rats are fairly adept climbers, and they'll often build nests within shrubs, trees, woodpiles, and dense vegetation. These pests enjoy hotter climates, so if they infest your Souderton home, they're more likely to build their nests a bit higher than ground level:

  • Attic

  • Ceiling

  • High cupboards

  • Garage

  • Patio

  • Laundry room

  • Between walls and sheetrock

The Dangers Of Housing Rats In Your Souderton Home

There are many problems that a rat infestation can bring to your Souderton home, from food and surface contamination to health problems, to serious infrastructure and electrical damage. Rats are among the numerous rodents whose incisors continuously grow, which means they will gnaw on anything and everything to keep them filed down. That includes walls, baseboards, weight-bearing wooden beams, furniture, floors, plastic and metal pipes, and even electrical wires. The structural damage they cause is so dangerous, it could even result in an electrical fire.

Then there's the risk of food and surface contamination and added bonus of parasites and deadly diseases. If you're dealing with a rat infestation, you'll want to deep clean everything you own, including cutlery and eating utensils, because the pathogens they introduce to your home can be deadly:

  • Ticks

  • Fleas

  • Tapeworm

  • Rat-bite fever

  • Hantavirus

  • Plague

  • Tularemia

  • Salmonella

  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis

Preventing A Rat Infestation In Your Souderton Home

If you want to keep these rodents away from your home, then you'll need to make sure they don't have a reason to be on your property. Rodents are drawn too easily accessible for food and water, and if they can find that then they'll have no problem figuring out how to get inside. In order to keep that from happening, you'll want to:

  • Seal up any cracks, holes, and gaps in the exterior of your home, roof to foundation

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on outdoor trash receptacles, and make sure any food and litter is cleaned up around your property

  • Fix any leaks around your home, and make sure your outdoor spigot isn't dripping

  • Trim any tree and shrub branches away from the exterior of your home

  • Implement a snug chimney cap, if you have a chimney

  • Store all food in sealed containers

  • Clean up any food and drink spills immediately after they happen, and wipe down all food prep surfaces

  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly to keep any food particles off the floor

How To Eliminate A Rat Infestation In Your Souderton Home

Rats are difficult pests to eliminate, not only because store-bought products are usually ineffective, but also because they've grown smart enough to avoid traps. With a dangerous pest like these, you don't want to hedge your bets on something that might not even work. Calling a professional for help is always the best option, and you won't get better help than at Moyer Pest Control.

Our company was founded in 1869, with a sole purpose in mind; effective and reliable pest control service. As a family-owned company, we understand that your family is the most important thing in your life, and we want to make sure they're healthy and safe. We not only eliminate the problem, but we also offer services to make sure your Souderton property is secure against future infestations. Get in contact with us today to start discussing your pest control options.

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