Jacksonville roofratMost people in the Jacksonville area know that rats enjoy scavenging for food in human garbage and often build nests in home attics – but did you know that:
• Rats become depressed when alone; this is why they always travel in packs.
• Rats are excellent navigators due to their sharp memories. They never forget a passage once discovered.
• Rats are extremely adaptable creatures, able to survive in the toughest conditions and live for long periods of time without water.
• Without their long tails for balance, rats would not be the expert climbers and jumpers they are. The also use their tails for communication with other rats.
• Rats are more intelligent than rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters. This fact has led many labs to cease testing products on rats.
• An acute sense of smell makes up for rats’ poor eyesight and colorblindness.
• A full-grown rat can contour its body to fit into a quarter-sized hole in your home.

Rat-Borne Diseases
Rats have historically been the cause of several devastating diseases, including rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV), bubonic plague, typhus, salmonellosis, and Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

This list doesn’t include diseases carried by parasites such as mites, fleas, or ticks, which can be transmitted to humans if bitten by a parasite that has taken blood from a rat. Most rat-carried diseases are spread through exposure to their urine and feces, which easily contaminate a household’s store of food.

Escaping a Rat Infestation
Rats are clever, resourceful, sly, and destructive creatures – not the type of animal you want infesting your home. They can chew through cinder blocks, glass, and even aluminum without dulling their incredibly strong teeth. Allowing a rat infestation in your home can result in expensive repairs and expose your family to illness.

Critter Control of Jacksonville can solve a rat problem by trapping and removing rats, sealing openings into your home or business to bar further entry, and by sanitizing the area to eliminate the spread of disease.