Everything Nashville Property Owners Ought To Know About Rats
November 5, 2020
If you’re a Nashville native, you agree with us that it’s one of the best places to live in the United States. Sure, it’s a little hot, a little crowded, and seems to bring in a few too many bachelor parties. While the party life isn’t for every Nashville local, we can all agree that the scenery, the history, and the atmosphere equate to one enjoyable hometown. We’re not alone in this sentiment, however. Unfortunately, rats love our Nashville homes just as much as we do.
Rats: Dirty, Destructive, And Worse
When rats invade your Nashville home, it can cause a myriad of problems. They not only look unsettling (measuring up to nine inches long in many cases, not even including the tail), but they’re also dangerous. Spending most of their time in the non-touristy areas of town like landfills, sewers, and dumpsters, rats are known carriers of bacteria. When they get into your house and spread this bacteria to your furniture and food preparation surfaces, your risk of disease incursion is very concerning. Even their urine and feces are toxic when left around the house. They also carry fleas or ticks on to your property, which is especially concerning for pet owners.
If you think you’re immune to bacterial diseases like salmonella and E.coli, then maybe you’re more concerned about your wallet than your health. Rats can cause hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage within your walls by chewing almost anything in their path. With just a small infestation, your linens, laundry, and even your electrical wiring will be chewed or damaged quickly.
Their ability to chew through all sorts of materials, combined with their intelligence, makes them very hard to keep out. Plus, they can squeeze through very small cracks, holes, or crevices, so whatever they can chew through (like drywall, insulation, and thin wooden materials), they can squeeze through as well.
- Keeping them out is going to be a tough job. Preventing the rats’ level of attraction to your property can be something you may be able to do on your own. The best rat prevention tips include:
- Keep your stored food in tightly closed containers made of metal or glass (yes, they can chew through plastic as well).
- Keeping the home clean and decluttered provides them with less access to food sources and places to hide.
Secure outdoor trash in metal garbage bins with heavy, tight-fitting lids.
Once rats do find a way into your home, you don’t want to try and get rid of them yourself. You’ll end up wasting your time, money, and energy getting them out, with less than ideal results. Where would you start? Glue traps? Snap traps? Poison? While these home remedies promise to get rid of rats, they’ll almost always disappoint.
There are two problems with getting rid of rats on your own. First of all, most of these rats are too intelligent to fall for traps. Second of all, rats are very prolific. While you’re catching one or two here and there, they’re reproducing more and more within your walls. If you see a rat, there are almost always more. And if there’s more than one rat, there will probably be some baby rats running around soon.
So, instead of wasting your time and risking further health risks, why not go with the solution that gets rid of rats right away? The most effective and safest way to handle a rat infestation is to contact the professionals at Urbanex. Our professional pest technicians have the solutions you need at the prices you want, so give us a call today for all of your rodent and pest needs.