What Dallas Homeowners Ought To Know About Rats

February 15, 2021

It has been said that dogs are man’s best friend, but who is man’s worst friend? We think it is wild pest rats. These annoying, destructive, and dangerous creatures are terrible house guests that treat people in the absolute worst way. If you don’t know much about these furry home invaders, you are in the right place. Here is everything Dallas homeowners ought to know about rats.

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What Types Of Rats Live In Dallas 

There are only two major species of rats that live in our area: roof rats and Norway rats. Besides their difference in size and a few minor changes in appearance, these two pests are practically the same. They both have sharp front incisor teeth that don’t stop growing and are both hyper-intelligent and adept at scavenging for food and water. They can sneak for long periods without getting caught, and to top everything off, rats are prolific breeders. All it takes is a few months for an infestation of four rodents to have more than 30 members. To help you further understand why rats are man’s worst friend, here are three basic character traits these pests exhibit around homes.

Rats Don’t Care About You

Unlike dogs who can tell when you are upset and react to help you feel better, rats could not care less if you are having a bad day. Regardless of how you are feeling, these pests will disregard you and continue in their annoying harmful behaviors. One thing rats do that worsens the mood of homeowners is make noise late at night. If you didn’t know, rats are nocturnal and live inside the wall and ceiling voids. If your home has an active infestation, your lack of sleep, and the ruckus these pests make will be sure to let you know.

Rats Have Destructive Tendencies 

All rats have sharp and durable teeth. They use these teeth to chew holes through walls, gnaw on the legs of furniture, and cause other damage around homes. In some cases, these pests will damage more serious fixtures such as electrical wires, utility piping, and electronics. On a less severe but equally troubling note, rodents love tearing up paper, fabrics, and insulation which they use to build their nests. Nests that grow as rats give birth to new litters of young.

Rats Get People Sick 

Rats are some of the filthiest creatures that exist on the planet and are often associated with trash piles and sewers. As these dirty pests crawl through homes, they spread dangerous pathogens and parasites. Some of the most common diseases rats spread to humans include salmonellosis, tularemia, and lymphocytic choriomeningitis.
 
Another way rats get people sick is by carrying fleas and ticks into homes. These smaller blood-feeding pests carry their own disease-causing bacteria and are a serious threat to both people and pets alike.

How To Handle A Rat Infestation 

When rats invade a home, it is not easy to get them out. To quickly handle a rat infestation inside your Dallas home, get the professionals at Brinker Animal Removal involved. Our team of highly trained technicians has the advanced industry-leading treatments needed to quickly remove rats from your home. 
 
We also have long-term prevention plans designed to keep rats and other common household pests from coming inside. Contact our team today to get more details about our rodent control services and schedule your Dallas home for a complete pest inspection. We will make sure the job gets done right.

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