What Baton Rouge Property Owners Ought To Know About Rats
December 15, 2020
Here in Baton Rouge, there is no shortage of pests that could get into your home. With that being said, perhaps one of the most unwelcome pests in the area is the rat. Rats are dangerous pests to have in the home as they can spread a multitude of diseases and contaminate surfaces within your home. If that’s not bad enough, they can also cause all sorts of costly damage to the inside of homes. It is important for you to know what your rat control options are should your Baton Rouge home become infested.
Basic Rat Need-To-Knows
Rats are large rodents that can grow to be over a foot-long including their tails. They are generally gray, brown, black, or a smattering of the three in color. Rats have long tails and small ears, neither of which are covered in fur. Additionally, rats, like all rodents, have large front incisors that grow throughout their lives. To keep their teeth from overgrowing, rats will almost always be gnawing on objects, including those in your home.
Rats live pretty much everywhere that people live because they depend upon us for food. Rats will often eat our food scraps and waste from trash bins or other dumps. This also means they will enter our homes if food is left out or stored improperly.
Threats Posed By Rat Infestations
Rats pose many different threats to humans and our property. Of the many, one of the biggest threats that rats pose has to do with the numerous diseases that they are known to carry and spread. Moreover, rats can also spread harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens with their urine, feces, and saliva. Diseases that rats have been known to spread include hantavirus, LCM, plague, tularemia, salmonellosis, and rat-bite fever.
Rats can also introduce other parasites into a home if they are, themselves, infested with them. Such parasites include fleas, mites, and ticks, each of which coming with its own unique issues.
Finally, rats can cause an awful lot of damage to the interior of homes with their teeth as they gnaw on practically everything. They have been known to chew through wires and piping and will even chew clothes, furniture, and just about any other object around which they can fit their mouths.
Rat Prevention Techniques
Rat prevention is no easy task. That’s because rats can fit through incredibly small holes. They can chew new holes into homes which they can then enter through. Therefore, as you seal cracks and holes around your home, be sure to use materials that rats cannot chew through.
Other rat prevention techniques include:
- Take out the trash regularly, and store all trash in bins with tight-fitting lids.
- Store food in air-tight containers or the fridge.
- Wipe up any spills from floors or countertops immediately.
- Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures.
- Cover up or seal off any holes on the exterior of your home including on the roof.
- Trim back tree branches from the exterior of your home.
Your #1 Option Should Rats Infest Your Home
If rats have found a way into your Baton Rouge home, don’t worry, the good folks here at Pelican Pest Control are here to help. Simply give us a call and ask about our Rodent Control Program. You can either opt for a one-time service or choose our monthly plan which provides ongoing treatment to ensure your property remains rat-free all year long. Don’t let rats threaten the health and safety of you and your family. Give Pelican Pest Control a call today!