The basics you need to know about rat infestations

The basics you need to know about rat infestations

Pest infestations are nothing new in urban cities. They can cause panic with residents concerned about the spread of disease and damage to property.

You will come across many pests, some more destructive and dangerous than others, but many consider the most problematic and devastating to be the rat.

Rats are well known to be one of the biggest culprits for spreading disease, and in some cases can lead to death, which is why rat control in Glasgow is essential.

There are differences between rats and mice, and it’s important to be able to recognize which is which.

Here are some of the differences:

  • Rats are generally much larger than mice, and do not have their tails covered in hair. Mice have a hairy tail and large ears.
  • Mice are easier to spot in your home as they will roam about more, and can be caught fairly easily, whereas rats are better at staying out the way and are harder to catch.
  • Rats will make a home for themselves in the crawling spaces and ground, or in the holes in your ceiling, whereas mice can live anywhere.

Rats are a threat to your property and your health

Rats have sharp teeth which they can drive into many things around your property from raw vegetables to wooden furniture. That is often the best way to spot if you have a rat infestation. If you see puncture holes anywhere, or signs of chewing, then your property may be infested with rats.

If a rat infestation exists then you should be aware of the potential health hazards. Here are some of them:

  • Hantavirus which is usually transmitted through rat urine.
  • Bubonic or yellow plague transmitted via fleas after they have sucked the blood of infected rats
  • Mild fever or serious skin inflammation can occur of bitten by a rat.
  • Leptospirosis which can lead to meningitis is a bacterial infection transmitted by rats which can be fatal.

It is clear that rat infestations are no joke and can cause serious problems, so should be dealt with accordingly. The Pest Experts Ayrshire can ensure that your rat problem is fully eradicated. Call 0800 043 7790 for more info.

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