What To Do When Rats Invade Your New Castle Home
November 29, 2019
In New Castle, Norway rats are the most common type of rat to invade homes. If you’re unfamiliar with Norway rats, it may help you picture them when you learn that they are the same type that are domesticated as pets. Norway rats are typically brown with black specks and white underbellies. They’re usually around 8 inches long, but can grow to longer than a foot with tails that are slightly shorter than their bodies.
Why Your Home is in Danger of a Norway Rat Infestation
Fall is the most active time of year when it comes to rat infestations. As the weather turns cold and outdoor food supplies become scarce, Norway rats begin to look for warm shelter with a steady source of food and water. Most homes provide for all of their needs as long as they’re able to get inside.
Unfortunately for most homeowners, rats are able to squeeze through seemingly impossibly small holes. Norway rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, and since they are excellent chewers, they can easily make a tiny hole big enough for them to fit through. As horrible as it is to think about, they can also enter homes through toilets that are connected to a public sewer system.
Why You Don’t Want Rats in Your New Castle Home
Most people would agree that ending up with a rat infestation is not something they want to happen. However, the reasons for needing to avoid an infestation go far beyond not liking rats. When rats get into your home, they introduce many dangers to your home.
First, they can spread dangerous diseases through the bacteria, pathogens, and parasites found on their bodies and in their fecal matter. Second, they can cause a lot of damage to your home by chewing through walls, insulation, pipes, wiring, ductwork, and more. This damage can cause leaking pipes, mold, and possibly a fire.
How to Prevent Rats From Getting in Your New Castle Home
There are a number of things you can do to prevent rats from getting into your home. To begin with, you’ll want to make the outside of your home unappealing to them.
- Cut back foliage around your house, keep the grass trimmed, and remove lawn debris so they have fewer hiding places.
- Keep garbage stored in tightly closed bins.
- Reduce moisture and remove as many areas of standing water as possible.
- Look around the outside of your house to check for any damage, cracks, or gaps that could act as entry points for rats and repair or seal any that you find.
There are also things you can do inside to make your home unappealing to rats.
- By installing a screen on your plumbing outflow, you can prevent rats from getting in through your toilet.
- Store all food in containers with tightly fitting lids.
- Clean dishes and counters after each meal.
- Sweep or vacuum your floors frequently.
- Remove your trash on a regular basis.
What to Do When Rats Invade Your New Castle Home
If you see signs of a rat infestation, trying to handle it on your own can be a mistake with unintended consequences. You’re unlikely to eliminate the entire problem and there’s a high likelihood of getting injured or sick in the process. Instead, reach out to Moyer. Our seasoned professionals have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to effectively remove your Norway rat problem.