We Solve Rat Problems | Beeline Pest Control of Texas
With fall on the way and the colder weather rapidly approaching, it’s good to start thinking about pest control. Especially our favorite pest of all, the lovely rat. They are very intelligent, extremely acrobatic and capable of sniffing out anything. You will see the numbers increasing as they start looking for water, food, and shelter. You’ll be surprised what damage rats in Texas can do.
The two main species of rats in Texas that homeowners and business owners alike encounter are the Norway rat and the Roof rat. Here are the key differences between them and why you need to be wary of them.
Rats are out of control in Texas
Rats are mammals and they are also very efficient breeders. With colder weather beginning to come in they are going to be searching for warmer and more comfortable places to live. There are a few different species of rats in Texas but they are all wanting to take advantage of your food, water, shelter, and any other resources that they can get their hands on. As well as stealing your resources they have relentless teeth that will be causing harm and creating damage to your property.
Do Rats Bring Health Hazards? The Answer Is Yes.
Rodents are not usually aggressive and they try to avoid people just as much as we try to avoid them. Even though they are not aggressive they are considered to be very dangerous. When they invade homes and other properties rodents contaminate food prep areas and food sources with their saliva, urine, and feces. They are also can spread diseases, such as
- Salmonella: An intestinal bacteria causing fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea
- Leptospirosis: Bacterial infection bringing about body aches, diarrhea and vomiting, high fever, and yellowing of the eyes and skin.
- Hantavirus: Leads to fever, body aches, chills, difficulty breathing, and kidney failure
- Rat-Bite Fever: Not necessarily contracted through bites, rat-bite fever can cause elevated body temperature, aches, and pains, rash, skin lesions, as well as sore throats and has been linked to increased risk of future health issues, such as meningitis, liver damage, and pneumonia.
- Bubonic, Septicemic, and Pneumonic Plagues: Though all these conditions begin with fever and muscle weakness, their symptoms vary from that point. Pneumonic plague leads to severe respiratory issues whereas Bubonic causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, a cough with bloody mucus, and extremely swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms of Septicemic plague include abdominal pain, internal bleeding, and shock.
All these conditions can be spread through contaminated food and water, inhaling particles from droppings, and bites from fleas feeding on both you and infected mice. Intruders carrying these viruses and bacteria place your family in danger. They also bring along dangerous threats like tick and flea epidemics.
Signs Of Rodents & Rats
Most often people don’t realize they have rodents or rats in and around their homes. But, if you look closely or start to smell foul odors, you can usually tell they are they. Here are some rat signs to watch out for:
- Burrows they have dug under structures or debris
- Gnaw marks on vegetables, fruits, nuts, wood, paper, bones, and wiring.
- Disappearing pet food
- Dark greasy travel marks on wall or baseboards
- Tiny dark droppings or a foul urine smell
- Small paths in the dirt or grass leading to where they often roam
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