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28/07/2017 Home Products & Services 0

What You Should Know about Rat and their Infestation in Your Home

Few of us are aware that rats can be made as pets, and they are rather cute since they can be friendly when tame plus they are intelligent creatures. Compared to gerbils and hamsters, they are less likely to bite, and so if your child is searching for a new pet, your good choice could be a domestic rat. However, if you have wild rats in your home, their infestation is not a good thing especially they are not cute. When you sense and show signs that the rats and their families are starting to occupy your outbuildings, garage, attic or basement, then you should already be concern.

There are two main types of rats and these are the black and brown rats, although they come in different sub-species. Coming from Asia are the so-called old world rats which are small, but their relatives found in your cities and towns are much bigger.

Just like humans, rats migrated around the world following soldiers and traders along trade routes between Asia and Europe. Rats were everywhere, hitching rides on ships, sailing between continents, and eventually you see them everywhere after a few centuries.

Just like many pests, rats are nature’s scavengers, and so the more food is available in a place, the more you will see them around. Rats are not fussy with their food, although they prefer diet of meat and vegetables, they will still be happy to loot your trash or raid your vegetable patch. Be warned that rats will also attack smaller animals if they cannot find food in their areas.

Rats have one main reason for being dreaded or scared of in the past centuries and this is because they spread disease. A disease in the past called the black death or the bubonic plague, was transmitted by rats which were infested with fleas, and because of this 25 million people perished in the Middle Ages.

Nowadays, an outbreak of the disease can be prevented since we have now a better understanding of the disease and how to prevent it. However, the spreading of disease is still possible with rats around and so we need to deal their infestation as soon as possible.

One disease that you should be concern of with rats living and breeding in your vicinity is called leptospirosis, the most common rat-borne disease.
If you consume food or water which are contaminated by rats, you could get the disease called salmonella. Another fatal disease due to exposure to rat droppings or rat urine, is called hantavirus, and this is a fatal one. Very common also in the rat population is e-coli, and rats are also infected with this disease leading humans to be contaminated too from food and water that are contaminated.