When people think of their home being invaded by outside pests, the first thing that usually springs to mind is bugs -- cockroaches, ants and termites always top the list of unwanted insects. However, if you ask anyone who has ever had to deal with a rat infestation, they will tell you that this sort of invasion can often be much, much worse.
Why is this? Most bug invasions are gross and unhealthy, but they rarely cause actual damage (termites, of course, being the exception here). On the other hand, rats are not only unhealthy -- bringing in with them the very real possibility of disease -- but they can damage your home and, if confronted, injure you and your family as well.
Take the “Jones” family, for instance. The experience of this family shows how quickly a small number of rats can disrupt your entire home and way of life. This particular family had spent their winter holiday on vacation out of state. When they returned home shortly after the new year, they quickly began to get ready for a return to normality.
However, what lay in store for them wasn’t exactly “normal.” You see, while they were away on vacation, two rats had found a small opening into their attic. From there, the rats were able to crawl through the walls and crawl spaces of the house, giving them access to just about every nook and cranny in the home.
Of course, the family didn’t know this at first. Their visitors weren’t discovered until they tried to do a load of laundry -- and realized that all of the hoses in the washing machine had been chewed through, leaving a large pool of water on the floor. Over the next week or so, more damage was discovered. Hoses, wires, clothing, books -- it seemed like everything was on the rats’ menu.
The family tried to get rid of the rats by buying traps, but the rats were too smart for that. It wasn’t until they called in professionals that they were able to finally catch them and remove them from the house. Then, it was necessary to go over the entire house to seal off any and all possible entrances to the house.
While this family had a relatively easy go of it, others aren’t so lucky. And usually, the families don’t know they have these visitors until they start discovering the extent of the damage. If you’d like to avoid having this happen to you, then the best way to deal with it is to have a professional inspect your home to prevent rats from entering in the first place. If you’d like to know more about how to get this done, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Tim's Pest Control today.