Have you heard suspicious scuttling in your attic? Seen small droppings or noticed scraps of material in strange places? You may have a rat problem. The Jacksonville area is home to thousands of rats. They are nocturnal and prefer to avoid human contact, so you may not have seen them. But the signs they leave behind are unmistakable, if you know what to look for.
Critter Control of Jacksonville understands the dangers of rat infestations and has a team of highly trained pest removal experts on hand to rid your home of these unwanted guests.
Why are Rats in Attics?
Rats in Jacksonville tend to nest in attics due to the warmth, safety, and easily accessible nesting supplies they offer. Attics often have entry points the homeowner is unaware of. Rats stay because they can find food and water sources, and they aren’t picky houseguests; rats will eat a variety of things found in common households – insects, grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, seeds, and a number of other edibles. It’s common for a household to have a rat infestation without being aware of it, since they are active mostly at night and stick to the shadows.
Why Rats Are Dangerous The insulation in your attic is attractive to nesting rats, and they won’t hesitate to use it. Rats cause more home insulation damage than any other pest. Rats, like all rodents, have teeth that never stop growing – meaning they have to chew constantly to keep mouth pain at bay. They will chew through wood, drywall, and electrical wiring, causing you thousands of dollars in damages.
Rats also carry disgusting diseases that can be transferred to humans through their bites, as well as in contaminated food. Their urine and excrement can be left behind in food stores in your home, imparting the bacterial disease leptospirosis (a cause of kidney and liver damage), which is transmutable to humans. Rats also carry parasites such as fleas, ticks, and lice. Rats are prone to scratching and biting if they feel threatened – never attempt to catch a rat on your own. Call Critter Control of Jacksonville today if you suspect rats in the attic.