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As a homeowner, being aware of animal threats to your home is crucial. Squirrels, bats, and even possums can make their way in one way or another and pose a significant threat. However, one of the most heinous invaders to your home is the rat. Easily sneaking into your home, rats can nest and make themselves comfortable, endangering you and your family.

Where Do Rats Hide?

If rats are in your home, finding out where exactly is crucial. It is important to remember that rats are nocturnal and are therefore typically found in dark places. Attics are popular places for them to be found along with inside your walls as they can seclude themselves in the dark and nest within your insulation. They will also try to stay near a food source. Droppings in your pantry is a good indicator that there are rats nearby.

The Dangers

If you do find a rat within your home, it is imperative not to attempt to approach it. Rats can be incredibly dangerous, and only professionals should deal with them. Often, a rat cornered by you or a family member will feel threatened and get defensive. Even if caught in a rat trap, there isn’t a guarantee that it will die immediately and they can become violent while pinned down as you attempt to clear the trap. Rats carry diseases and run the risk of infecting your family. These diseases include:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Leptospirosis
  • Lassa Fever

Even without direct contact with the animal, their feces can also spread the disease, and it isn’t worth risking harming yourself or your family.

Rat Removal with Critter Control

Critter Control® of Sarasota provides safe and effective wildlife management. Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced in the human removal of animals to ensure minimal damage. We also offer damage restoration services to repair any harm done to your home. If you are experiencing a rat problem, call us today at 941-355-9511 and receive a free estimate.