Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
There are several types of rats that infest homes, but three of the most common are the roof rat, wood rat, and Norway rat. All rats are pests and should be eradicated from your home and property. They can be difficult to get rid of, and you'll probably need the help of a pest control company. Rats multiply fast and they can do a lot of damage and spread dangerous diseases. While rats are similar in that they enter your home in search of shelter or food, they often have different characteristics. Here's a look at three common rats and how they might affect your home.
The Norway Rat Is A Burrower
Norway rats like to stay close to the ground. They dig elaborate tunnels in the earth. If they decide to invade your home, they'll probably do it through the crawlspace or other low area. If they nest in your home, they'll prefer the basement or ground level spots. They have no trouble chewing through wood to get inside.
They'll even chew on copper and other soft metal if it gets in their way. These are large rats and they can do a lot of damage inside your house. Keeping them outside is important. Since they can chew through just about anything, plug holes and gaps with steel wool to keep them out. Even though these rats stay close to the ground, they can climb on your roof if they decide to, so seal up your entire home to guard against these rodents.
Wood Rats Like To Steal Things
Wood rats aren't as common as Norway rats, but they are more bothersome. In addition to chewing up your house, they love to steal small things. One of these rats can pack off your wedding ring if they find it on your dresser. They tend to drop what they're carrying and pick up something they like better, so you might wake up and find a quarter where your watch was supposed to be. Wood rats build nests in your home, but they prefer to build nests outdoors. They are elaborate nest builders, and they are attracted to nesting material in your home. This makes them very destructive because they are happy to shred your couch to get to the filling inside. These rats are also quite lively and loud.
Roof Rats Prefer High Places
Roof rats like to stay off the ground. It's likely one of these rats will enter your home along the roof somewhere and live in the attic or stay high in the walls. Even though they like to stay out of sight and keep a low profile, roof rats are destructive. They'll use your house for nest building and dine outdoors if there is a food supply. If not, they'll get in your cabinets and eat stored food or pet food. You may find a roof rat living in the top shelf of your cabinet where food is nearby. These rats, like all rats, contaminate your food, your dishes, and the food preparation area. They give your home a bad odor because of their urine, droppings, and body oil.
The first step to rodent control is to keep them out of your house. If they get inside, the best way to deal with them is to use traps. You can trap them live and release them, or you can use traps to get rid of them for good. If you have a rat infestation, call a pest control company for help. If the rats take over and leave their scents behind, more rats will be drawn to your house in the future. An exterminator like Fowler Pest Control can help you kill the rats you have and prevent future rats from coming back by helping with perimeter sealing.