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We Arizonans are welcoming people! We enjoy our friends and family and, when we are able, will help those in need. However, some things or people we don't welcome. For instance, we don't want pests like rats in our houses because they are disruptive, destructive, and disease-spreading rodents. 

It’s hard to stop rat infestations. Without putting in much work, these creatures can get inside your home. Then, they’ll run to a spot you won’t be able to reach. In a short time, they’ll start procreating. Things can get really challenging from there. Since these rodents carry germs linked to human illnesses, you have to get pest control in Phoenix right away.

You may think the best way to get rid of rats is to lay traps or spray pesticides, but that’s the wrong move. These products have a lot of issues that can worsen your situation. Keep reading to learn about efficient rat prevention and management. Action Termite & Pest Control can help with rodents, especially the prevalent roof rat species.

Clear Signs Of Rats In Your House

Once again, roof rats are rampant in the city. They’re very noticeable, as many are 15 inches long. While their fur is mostly brown, black hair are in the mix. Around their abdominal area is black, gray, or white coloring. Their noses stick out, and they have big ears and eyes. Scales are all over their lengthy tails. Alternate names for them include house, tree climbing, and black rats. 

Rats are nocturnal, which means they are active at night, but that does not mean there will not be signs of rats in the house if they are present. We recommend you investigate the kitchen, basement, closets, laundry room, and attic for the following indications:

  • Holes: Rats create two-inch openings in walls and floors.
  • Droppings: Fecal pellets that resemble rods. Rats produce up to 25,000 rod-shaped droppings with blunt ends yearly.
  • Urine stains: Use a black light to look for urine stains on the floor. 
  • Oil smears: The greasy fur of rats attracts dirt as they forage in sewage, garbage, compost piles, and around drains. In the house, they leave smug marks when they brush against walls and corners. 
  • Burrows: Rats outside the house create burrows next to sidewalks, fences, walls, or under buildings.
  • Nests: Inside the home, rats build four to six-inch nests inside walls, in the garage, attic, and basement.
  • Tracks: Tiny footprints with four front toes and five hind toes. Spread talcum powder in suspected areas and wait a couple of days to see if any tracks appear.  
  • Sounds: If you remain still in a room at night, you may hear scratching sounds from the walls or underneath the floor. You may hear squeaking or rustling noises from behind foundations.
  • Chew marks: Rats gnaw on aluminum siding, plastic, cardboard, furniture, and just about anything else except glass and thick metal. 
  • Discarded food: Rats leave shells and other uneaten food along their pathways. 
  • Live rats: Seeing a live rodent indicates a possible infestation. Seeing rats out and about during the day is especially alarming as they’re nocturnal.

You will see these signs of a rat infestation along the trails they create between a food source and their nests. 

Roof rats can get to the top of your residence by crawling on tree branches and power lines. They’ll be able to wiggle through small openings in vents and shingles. The same goes for exterior foundations. Believe it or not, their thin bodies have the elasticity to get in a hole ½ of an inch wide. Not to mention, their teeth are sharp enough to gnaw around it. These types of rats are drawn to dimly lit spaces that are humid and moist. You might see a few in the attic, rafters, or garage.

If you have unwanted pests like rats invading your house, you need our Phoenix pest control experts from Action Termite & Pest Control. Our family-oriented company has removed rats from local homes for over a decade. Please continue reading this article to get answers about rats so you can win the battle against this filthy rodent. 

Rats Cause Property Damage And Spread Diseases

rat infestation is harmful because rats spread diseases in many ways. When they forage in sewers, drains, garbage, and animal feces, their fur attracts the bacteria and viruses lying on those putrid surfaces. Also, when they eat rotting organic material on polluted surfaces, they ingest the disease-causing organisms and later expel them in the cooking, eating, and storage areas in the house through their urine, feces, and saliva. Leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, and salmonellosis are diseases rats carry. 

Another way rats endanger family members are through the fleas and ticks they bring into the house. Like rats, these insects are vectors for various diseases ranging from bubonic plague to tapeworms. 

Rodents cannot reduce the length of their teeth without chewing on various items, so your belongings are bound to be ruined. Things can get dicey if they ever nibble on wiring or pipes. There might be significant shortages or leaks. An electrical fire would be the worst. Any wall crevices rats create with their bites could be entry points for other pests. 

There are several diseases rats carry. A few are salmonellosis, hantavirus, and tularemia. Unfortunately, it’s an expectation that your food and counters will be tainted by these rodents. They pick up bacteria from gross locations like trash cans and alleys. On top of that, parasites are in their hair and their bodily waste has microbes.

How To Remove Factors That Attract Rats To Your Home

Given that rats are attracted to warmth, utilize a dehumidifier. Address excess moisture with relevant repairs, drainage control, and proper ventilation. Minimize the amount of food rodents can access by putting edible things and garbage in very secure containers. These animals nest around organic matter, so you should cut the grass and snip plants often. Also, flush your gutters out frequently. Rats enter Phoenix homes for water, food, and shelter; keeping a dry, sanitary house will discourage rats from staying in your home.

Implementing these prevention tips is the best way to keep rats away:

  • Keep outdoor and indoor garbage containers closed.
  • Remove debris from the yard.
  • Seal cracks in the foundation, along the roofline, and around window and door frames using caulk and steel wool.
  • Provide proper drainage to puddles, gutters, and ditches. Reducing standing water discourages rats from burrowing on your property. 
  • Replace cardboard storage boxes in the garage and attic with sealable plastic totes.

However, remember that sometimes even the best preventive measures aren’t enough to stop rodents from getting through. When that happens, it’s time to call a professional rodent removal expert for help. Rodents are a dangerous pest to deal with that only gets worse the longer you allow them to infest your property. 

Beyond the direct threats to your health that come with DIY rodent removal efforts, there are a number of direct hazards you will face as well. For instance, failure to remove all the biological elements, like droppings and fur, they leave behind will still leave hazardous pathogens in the air. Since rodents can reach into the remotest nooks and crannies of your home, this can make post-infestation cleanup a huge undertaking.

What’s more, rodents are a difficult pest to face. They infest in numbers; even if you catch some of them, without professional-level equipment and tactics, you’re not guaranteed to catch them all. And leaving even one alive can be enough to bring the infestation back later.

When prevention fails, you can’t leave your home to chance. You need the professional rodent removal that only an expert can provide. You need to call Action Termite & Pest Control.

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Rats Around Your Home

The best way to get rid of rats fast is to use our experts from Action Termite & Pest Control. We will conduct a free inspection and determine attractants, entry points, nesting locations, and the type of rodent infesting your Phoenix home. We will then deploy an arsenal of tools to drive the rats out of the house and keep them away. Upon their removal, we will seal points of entry to help prevent future infestations.

It would be difficult to get to rodent nests and set traps or apply pesticides on your own. Besides, commercial products are too weak for infestations. Another problem is that they can cause harm if they’re misused. Leave rats up to us at Action Termite & Pest Control. We have advanced baits, traps, exclusion tools, sanitation methods, and more. Call us today for our safe rat control services and a free inspection!