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Do I Have Rats In My Home?

Rats can be a major nuisance for homeowners, causing damage to property, contaminating food, and even spreading diseases. If you suspect that you may have rats in your home, it’s important to take steps to identify and remove them as soon as possible. Here are a few signs that you may have rats in your home:
  1. Droppings: Rats leave behind droppings that are small, dark, and shaped like cylinders. If you’ve noticed droppings in your home, particularly in areas where food is stored or prepared, it’s possible that you have rats.
  2. Gnaw marks: Rats have strong teeth and will chew on anything they can get their paws on, including wood, plastic, and even metal. If you’ve noticed gnaw marks on your property, it could be a sign of a rat infestation.
  3. Scratching noises: Rats are active at night and may make scratching or scurrying noises as they move around your home. If you’ve heard unexplained noises coming from your walls or attic, it could be a sign of rats.
  4. Burrows: Rats are burrowing animals and may dig tunnels or burrows in your yard or under your home. If you’ve noticed burrows or holes on your property, it could be a sign of a rat infestation.
  5. Nests: Rats are social animals and may build nests in your home, often using materials such as paper, cloth, or insulation. If you’ve noticed a nest in your home, it could be a sign of rats.

(Insulation removal and replacement from an attic after the home was excluded for rodents)

If you’ve noticed any of these signs, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Rats can multiply quickly, so it’s important to address the issue before it becomes a larger problem. To remove rats from your home, you’ll need to seal up entry points, eliminate food sources, and use traps or poison to catch or kill the rats. If you’re not comfortable handling the situation yourself, don’t hesitate to seek the help of a professional.

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