How to Spot Signs of a Rat Infestation

Other than termites, there is probably no home invader that is more feared or loathed then rats. This hatred isn’t without good reason. Just one single rat can cause massive amounts of damage to your home as it goes through and chews on your wires, your fabrics, your pipes and just about anything else -- all while spreading filth and disease that can affect your health and the health of your family for months to come. And, since rats breed quickly, not taking care of your rat problem soon can lead to a long-term battle that never really seems to end.

This is why it’s important to know the signs of a rat infestation. If you can spot your invaders early, you run a much better chance of getting rid of them before they wreak havoc on your home and family. Here are the signs to watch out for:

Rat Droppings

If you’ve started to notice strange, brown objects that look vaguely like large grains of rice, then you might be noticing early signs of a rat infestation. Droppings will usually be concentrated in specific areas but will be found in more parts of the home as the rat slowly invades more of your structure.

Scratching Noises

There might be nothing more terrifying for a homeowner than the sudden, unexpected noise of a critter scuttling through your walls or overhead in your attic. If you’ve started to hear strange noises in the middle of the night, and you’re certain it’s not the sound of a nearby tree branch rubbing on your roof, then chances are you’ve got a visitor.

Rat Nests

Rats prefer to burrow underground, but in other areas, they will also take to building nests out of shredded materials such as paper, insulation or cardboard. Look for nests like these in out-of-the-way areas such as attic corners and unused crawlspaces.

Rat Holes

Many species of rats will burrow holes close to your house -- if not underneath it -- or into other structure, such as a garage or shed. If you’ve started noticing holes around the outside around your home, it doesn’t mean they’ve made it inside yet. However, it may mean that they are near and trying to figure out a way to get in.

Contact Orange Environmental Services

So, what should you do if you suspect a rat infestation? Don’t wait -- the longer you wait, the worse it will get! Instead, it’s best to contact Orange Environmental Services today. Our trained professionals know how to diagnose and treat rat infestations.

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