The Dangers Rats Bring To Milwaukee Properties

2/1/2021

Pests bring problems into homes; this is a simple fact of life. The severity of these problems, however, completely depends on the pest. Some pests are annoying; others cause damage to personal belongings, furniture, or the structure of the home. Finally, some pests threaten health and safety. Can you guess which of these three problems rats cause? If your answer is "all three," you would be correct. Here are all the problems rats bring to Milwaukee properties and the dangers they pose to area homeowners.

a rat on a wood pallet

The Annoyance Of Rats

Are you a deep sleeper? If not, what does it take to wake you up at night? Would the sound of scratching and pitter-pattering coming from inside your walls disturb your rest? If so, you would not like to live with rats. Although rats do their best to avoid human interaction, they do nothing to hide their presence inside living areas. You may even find yourself face-to-face with one of these large, scary-looking rodents if you are unfortunate. The destruction and dangers these pests bring into homes are also annoying.

The Destruction Rats Cause

Rats are born with sharp front incisor teeth. These teeth never stop growing and require constant filing to keep them at a reasonable length. To avoid overgrowth, rats chew on things constantly. If your home is dealing with an active infestation, you may start to notice gnaw marks on furniture, holes through walls, damage to boxes of food, torn up books, shredded fabrics, and torn up insulation. Other destruction these rodents cause happen in places you cannot see, such as inside walls. More specifically, rats sometimes sever electrical wires and gnaw holes into utility pipes sometimes leading to more serious problems such as electrical fires and severe water leaks.

The Danger Rats Pose

Rats are not nature's cleanest creatures. They regularly crawl through filth, roll in grime, and ingest bacteria-ridden things. If you didn't know, the dirtier something is, the more likely it is to be host to dangerous disease-causing bacteria. In the case of rats, they spread sickness over countertops, kitchen tables, and other surfaces around homes off their bodies and with their fecal matter and urine; this is one reason you should always wear safety equipment when cleaning up after these pests. 

Some diseases rats spread indirectly, not from their bodies, but from the parasitic pests they carry. Two common parasitic pests rats carry into homes are fleas and ticks. These small blood-feeding pests regularly bite people and animals and spread a variety of dangerous sicknesses such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and murine typhus. 

How To Protect Your Home From Rats

Now that you know why you don't want rats inside your home, let's talk about some ways to keep these pests outside where they belong. Here are a few great places to start.

  • Seal entry points in your home's exterior.

  • Keep your living areas clean.

  • Reduce the clutter in and around your home.

  • Address moisture problems. 

  • Clean up your yard.

  • Store food inside airtight containers.

  • Pick up after your pets.

For more help with a rat infestation or to prevent rats from invading your Milwaukee home, turn to the experts at Ewert Pest Control. We use advanced rodent control methods to handle troublesome rats in our area and will be happy to put our experience to the test on your property. Call us today to find out more about our rodent control and find a time to have your home treated for these invasive and dangerous pests.

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