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Rat Control 101: A Complete Guide For Lewisville Property Owners

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Having rats in your home or business is disturbing, and these pests can create serious problems for property owners. Rats are commensal animals, which means they are happy to share our food and shelter, whether we like it or not. Welcome to "Rat Control 101," where we will provide everything you need to achieve effective pest control services in Lewisville.

We'll start by describing rats to help you confirm they are the problem pests in your home or business. We'll also review the health risks these rodents pose and provide practical rat prevention tips to help you keep them out. Learn more about these troublesome rodents and how to get rid of them for good with the pros from Adams Exterminating Company.

Physical Characteristics of Rats: How To Identify A Rat

Two types of rats invade properties in our area—Norway and roof rats. Norway rats are 7 to 9 1/2 inches long (not including the tail) and have long, heavy bodies with bristly brown fur interspersed with black hairs. Roof rats are between 6 and 8 inches long (not including the tail) and have long, thin bodies with soft brown fur with black hairs intermixed.

You may notice droppings, footprints, greasy rub marks along walls, and damaged food packages. Rats are social animals, so if you see one or any signs of them, there are likely many hiding throughout your home or business. Contact us today at Adams Exterminating Company for assistance identifying and getting rid of rats.

Rat-Borne Diseases: Common Illnesses Transmitted By Rats

Rats are dangerous pests to share your space with. These rodents contaminate surfaces and food with bacteria and diseases. Dried rat droppings can also cause illness when they become airborne.

The following list includes the most common diseases rats carry:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Cowpox virus
  • Tularemia
  • Jaundice

If you suspect rats are in your home or business, the sooner you get them out, the safer everyone will be. Contact us today at Adams Exterminating Company for help getting rid of rats and preventing future infestations.

Rat Prevention: Simple Measures To Keep Rats Out

Rats are not only a health risk but will also chew through pipes to gain access to food, destroy insulation, and gnaw on wires, creating a potential fire hazard. Once rats find a way inside, it can be challenging for property owners to get them out.

Here are some simple steps you can take to keep rats away from your home:

  • Seal any holes or gaps on the exterior of the structure. 
  • Store food in rodent-proof glass or plastic containers with airtight seals.
  • Remove garbage frequently and store it in receptacles with secure lids.
  • Eliminate moisture problems such as leaking pipes or air conditioning units.
  • Ensure adequate ventilation in attics and crawl spaces or install a dehumidifier.

The pros at Adams Exterminating Company can help you eradicate your rat problem and ensure these pests don't return. Contact us today to learn more about our Lewisville rodent control services.

Professional Rat Control Services: The Benefits Of Expertise

DIY rat extermination using store-bought baits and traps may catch one or two rats, but these animals are clever and will quickly learn to avoid these products. The simplest and most effective way to get rid of rats is to team up with a professional company that offers rodent control services. Contact us today at Adams Exterminating Company to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Lewisville, or to request your free estimate.

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