Rat Infestation

Posted on: 29 January 2016

Of all the pest infestations you can suffer, none is more upsetting than having rats take up residence in your home. Not only are they large, destructive, and disease-carriers, they can physically attack you and your family. You need to recognize the signs of rat infestation and know what steps to take to combat it.

Infestation Signs

Rats are not subtle creatures. If you have them, you will notice their excrement, which is significantly larger than mouse droppings. Rats may also leave a tell-tale swath of greasy residue against your baseboards and walls.If you have a large number of rats in your home or exterior building, you may notice animals out in the open, a sign that things are too crowded for them to hide, meaning your pest problem has hit critical mass.

Experts also recommend looking for trampled grass paths outside your home, known as rat runs. In addition, you will notice that your cupboards and other household items have been chewed, and in a much more damaging way than a mouse could accomplish. 


Rats are best known for carrying the fleas that caused the bubonic plague, but they are also responsible for causing more modern health problems. They may carry Listeria, Salmonellosis, and Hantavirus. In addition, rodents can cause or exacerbate allergies. Since rats can grow to quite a large size, they pose a physical danger to small children and infants, actually biting them as they sleep. A rat infestation is much more than an unpleasant annoyance.

Control and Removal

Controlling the problem means finding and sealing the entrances that rats are using to get into your home. Until you block their access, killing them will do you no good because more rats will just take their place. You can attempt to find these places on your own or you can hire a professional to seal these places for you. 

When it comes to exterminating the rats, you really need to hire professionals to do the job. Trapping and killing these pests can be a nasty and difficult task, one that many homeowners are simply not prepared to do. A professional can find and kill these pests for you, keeping you safe from the bites and viruses these animals carry. 

If you recognize the signs of a rat infestation, you need professional help. Rats can be dangerous to your health and the health of your family. Call an experienced pest control company like Rice's Inc Termite & Pest Control and have them evaluate your problem.