Rodents have gotten a bad reputation over the years, leading to a situation today where just the mention of the word Rat sends a wave of panic through some people. Just the suspicion that a rat may be present in the home is enough to send a homeowner into a frenzy, desperately searching for methods to remove rats on their own. But there are some amazing things about these little critters that most of us ignore.
Adorable, Hygiene-Obsessed Pets
Owners of pet rats will be quick to tell you how adorable and cute they are. One of the endearing features of pet rats is that if you tickle their tummies they’ll burst into rat laughter. They’ll also be quick to dismiss the idea that rats are unclean, explaining that their pet rats actually clean and groom themselves quite frequently.The average body length of adult rats is 9 to 11 inches.
In the Mind of a Rat
In addition to being adorable, these little critters have a remarkable memory! Not that you’d want the non-pet versions of these critters to remember where you live once removed.
They also love company. This is why pet rats thrive more when they have companions. They get lonely easily, of course, this also means that if you spot one wild rat in your home, there is likely to be a nest with others somewhere.
The Risk of Home Invasion
No one wants wild animals, including rats, loose on their property. Removing rodents becomes even more important when you consider that these tiny little rodents can cause significant damage and health risks.
Like many other foraging animals, rats will make their home wherever they can find a regular supply of food and great hiding spots. They love crevices and corners and will eat almost anything from human leftovers to paper. They also love moist spaces and will look for a shelter that will check off all of these boxes.The life span of a rat is about 1 to 2 years.
The first step in getting rid of rodents on your property is removing the attractions. This means ensuring that your garbage is secured and disposed of properly, instead of open and lying about near or in the home. Additionally, a spring cleaning of your space that focuses on decluttering can make the environment inhospitable for rats thereby driving your unwanted guests away.
There are many dangers with having rats in the home and property owners must be vigilant against it by employing some preventative strategies. But removal is no simple feat since the little critters can be so cunning and elusive, therefore sometimes the DIY strategies simply do not work. The best defense, in these cases, is a professional defense like the services provided by Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.
When rats invade, the first thing you want to do is identify the extent of the infestation. This is where the expert animal control technicians become crucial. At Skedaddle, our animal control team members are trained in assessing properties to determine the extent of the invasion.
In addition to assessing, Skedaddles team is equipped to successfully remove all rats from your property. After removal, our team provides additional support services to protect your property from the after effects of infestation. This includes a comprehensive cleaning and the application of protective techniques that prevent future infestation.