Roof rats, sometimes called citrus or black rats, can be a major nuisance to Florida homeowners. These excellent climbers are able to crawl all the way up to attics and find entryways into the home. They are naturally drawn to attics, garages, and storage units because they seek a warmer environment. Rats also have a tremendous sense of smell, so if another rat has ever made a home in your space, a new one can easily sniff the scent out and seek out a potential mate. Attics and warm spaces in the home also provide an area free of the dangers presented by predators because there are none to worry about.
Signs of a rat in your attic or home include:
- Shredded insulation
- Fecal droppings
- Chewed electrical wires
Rat Infestation Dangers
Rats carry a number of diseases that can be harmful to family members and household pets. These include Hantavirus Pulonary Syndrome, rate-bit fever and leptospirosis, all threatening to human or pet health when one is exposed to fecal matter contamination. In addition to the health hazards, rats can destroy structures, insulation, and electrical wires, air ducts and plumbing.
Animal Wildlife Trappers should be contacted the minute you see evidence of an unwanted visitor. We can quickly determine if a rat has made its way into your home or living space and eliminate the issue. Our professionals will identify entryways utilized by the rodent and seal of these openings and weakpoints or areas of exposure. Once these have been sealed, we will set strategic traps, remove the rats, and then eliminate rodent scent markings and damage created by the rats.
In addition to sealing entryways, Animal Wildlife Trappers will identify any other possible risks for entry such as nearby landscaping that may need to be trimmed back, wood or leaf piles that me need to be cleared, and so on.