Damage & Disease Caused by Rats

Concerned that you have rats sharing your living space? If so, that concern is valid. Rats are not only annoying to live around, but they are also dangerous. Rats are known to do a lot of damage to a home and they also spread diseases that are dangerous to your health. It’s best to call a rat exterminator for help.

Rats Can Cause Serious Damage in Your Home

Rats are notorious for chewing, clawing and gnawing on anything and everything around your home. Due to these habits, they often cause a wide range of damage, including but not limited to:

  • Woodwork damage: Rats can chew and gnaw on the woodwork around your home, especially baseboards. They can also chew through kitchen cabinets looking for access to food.
  • Insulation damage: Insulation is the perfect nesting material for rats. They can rip it up and destroy it, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair and replace.
  • HVAC damage: Rats can also enter your HVAC ducts and chew and gnaw the material, resulting in the need for serious repairs. They can also urinate inside the ducts, leading to an odor around your home.
  • Lingering odors: Rat urine doesn’t simply go away. And the result can be long-lasting odors.

Rats can also cause potential fire hazards by chewing on wiring located throughout your home. Out of the thousands of house fires each year, some of them are due to rodents.

Diseases Are Often Spread by Rats

Rats can spread dangerous diseases throughout your home. For example, rats are common carriers of the hantavirus, which causes symptoms such as fever, fatigue, muscle aches and more.

They can also cause diseases such as salmonella, tularemia, rat-bite fever and even the plague. Some of these diseases may even be life-threatening if left untreated.

Rats are also known to carry other pests such as fleas, ticks and mites. These pests are known to feed off of humans and could potentially become another nuisance in your home. It’s best to call an exterminator to help you get rid of rats as soon as you see any signs.

Got Rats? Call the Professional Exterminators at All Pest Control.

Rats aren’t only a nuisance, they can be dangerous to your home and your health. If you suspect you have a rat infestation, it’s best to reach out to a professional who can help. To learn more about our services or for a free estimate, give us a call at 503-461-1398 or send us a message.