All year round,
rats cause serious problems in your home. Not only are they the transmission
of a variety of diseases, but their feeding habits are also destructive,
and their nesting behaviors can cause severe structural damage to your
home or building.
As nocturnal animals, rats are most active between dusk and dawn, typically
hiding from humans throughout the day. It is easier to identify signs
of a rat problem, rather than the actual pest.
The following are tell-tale signs that you have a rat problem in your
Rat feces – Often found in concentrated areas, rats can produce up to 40 droppings
per night. They can resemble a large grain of rice is dark brown in a
tapered, spindle shape.
Rub marks – Rats create and use routes along the walls and baseboards. The
dirt and grease on their bodies leave smudges and dark marks on both surfaces
and objects they continuously brush up against.
Footprints – Rats leave foot and tail marks in dusty and less-used areas of
a home or building. To detect an active infestation, sprinkle fine flour
along the floor near the footprints and check for fresh tracks the following day.
Scratching noises – Black rats are known to be agile climbers, gaining access to the
roof of a house or building with ease. On the other hand, brown rats aren’t
known as climbers, but you can hear them scurrying about under floorboards,
decking, and sheds. Whether you hear scratching noises on your roof or
within your home, it may indicate a rat problem.
Burrows – Brown rats are known to dig and excavate thorough burrow systems
for shelter, nesting, and food storage. Check for burrows near compost
heaps, in garages, or under decking or garden sheds.
Nests – Using shredded materials – such as fabrics and newspapers
– rats build nests in hidden areas that are typically near food
sources. Look behind and under appliances near your kitchen.
Damage – In order to keep their continuously growing teeth trim, rats must
gnaw on wood and plastic to do so. If they chew through electrical cables,
electrical fires can occur.
If you have rats or other rodents in your Texas home, act now and
contact Critter Control of Houston for a free home inspection today!