Rat Infestation Signs And Where You Can Find Them
In our previous article on what you can do to keep rats away from your home and business, we discussed the dangers of having rats infesting your home. For example, the Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome virus can easily be spreaded through rats’ droppings. As rats are responsible for the transmission of many diseases, it can be alarming to find an infestation in your area. We also provided solutions to keep them away, such as conducting a proper cleanup and hiring a rat exterminator to settle the problem for you.
In this article, we will be taking you a step further to help you identify whether or not rats are lurking in your premises and if they are, how you can rid your home of them.
Besides the rubbish areas, take a look at these five other common places where you can locate rats if they are in your house.
Especially for terraced houses and bungalows in Singapore, drainage systems such as roof gutters and sewers can be potential pathways that the rats might travel through. These landed homes are directly connected to a common sewer, allowing easier access for rats to enter. Your ceilings, walls and floors are also at risk of being tunnels or even nesting sites if there is enough space for them to move within. Gardens with much overgrowth also provides shelter for rats, which is why this could also serve as a possible hiding ground for them.
Now that you are aware of the first few places to check around, the next step is looking out for indications of a rat infestation:
Gnawed Marks or Chewed Wires. Rats have large teeth which they need to sharpen and maintain in order to bite. Moreover, it is evident of a rat infestation if you find large gnawed marks on furniture or food packaging.
Rat Droppings. Take note that if the droppings are dark and moist, this only means it has been not too long ago that a rat passed through that area. Another thing to pay attention to is the amount of droppings found. The greater the number of droppings, the higher the possibility of their habitat being nearby.
Strange Pet Behavior. If you notice your pet getting excited at an area it never used to hang around at, this could be its instinctive behavior of wanting to pursue the rat. You can be even more certain if you smell an odour around that spot.
Light Scampering Noises. Since they are nocturnal animals, you are more likely to detect such sounds from your ceilings, walls and floors when they move around at night.
Are you convinced that you might have rats? Quickly take action before more start to appear. For example, if you suspect that your garden might be a breeding nest for rats, reduce the overgrown areas and tidy it up. By eliminating their shelter, it would make your garden a less appealing place for them. Rodent populations grow quickly and steadily. Rodent control is best started prior to infestations. We recommend using either glue board or rat cages to place at suspected areas of activity based on the signs that you have discovered.
What we usually do is place baits at surrounding areas and carry out a follow up visit three to four days later. If your area is heavily infested, more visits will be required to ensure that the rats are completely eradicated from your home.