How To Keep Rats Away From Your Manatee County Home

11/27/2021

Most people think that larger pests are easier to detect in a home, but that's not always the case. Nocturnal pests like rats are usually only active at night. Unless you regularly stay up past midnight, you could have an infestation in your Manatee County home for months without even realizing it. Rats are pretty dangerous pests, and they bring a lot of problems with them, so how can you prevent them from invading your property?

a rat in a sink

Rats In Manatee County: Appearance & Interesting Facts

Rats reside within the order Rodentia, which contains roughly 1,500 different species of rodents, making up the largest order of mammals worldwide. Among that order, there are around 60 different species of rats, but in Manatee County that number can be narrowed down to two – Norway rats and roof rats.

Both are relatively similar in looks with large rounded ears, pointed noses, and long hairless tails, but Norway rats are a bit bigger (16-18 inches nose to tail) than their roof rat counterparts (14-16 inches nose to tail). Norway rats are also lighter in color with their brown coats, whereas roof rats tend to be dark brown to black. These particular species weren't dominant until humans began building more sedentary civilizations when agriculture became a popular practice.

Stores of grain and dried goods gave rats easily accessible food and shelter, and in exchange, they continue to provide us with all kinds of problems, including structural damage, cosmetic and property damage, food contamination, and spreading dangerous pathogens:

  • Rat-bite fever

  • Typhoid fever

  • Salmonella

  • Tularemia

  • Hantavirus

  • Plague

  • Leptospirosis

  • Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

  • Parasitic worms

  • Other pests like ticks, fleas, and mites

How Rats Get Inside Manatee County Homes & Tips To Keep Them Out

Rodents like rats have this uncanny ability to squeeze through tight spaces, and they can fit through much smaller holes than you might expect. All they need is a hole roughly the size of a quarter, and if the building material is made out of something like wood, low-gauge metal siding, plastic, rubber, or sheetrock, they can chew on a hole that's too small until they fit through it. In this case, prevention may be a bit difficult, but it'll still significantly lower your chances of an infestation:

  • Clean up the exterior of your property; leaf and mulch piles, lawn clippings, thick underbrush, miscellaneous debris.

  • Trim tree limbs and bushes away from the exterior of your home.

  • Repair any holes and damage around the exterior of your home; siding, roof, trim, foundation, exposed wood, and around pipes and wires.

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on all indoor and outdoor trash cans.

  • Add a 2-foot wide gravel barrier around the perimeter of your home.

  • Address any moisture problems; compacted soil, leaky pipes and faucets, existing water damage, and moisture-retaining rooms.

  • Keep dried foods stored in airtight containers, and never leave food sitting out overnight.

  • Wipe down all counters, tables, and food prep areas daily.

  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum to keep crumbs off the floor.

  • Downsize any clutter and stored items around your home.

How To Handle A Rat Infestation In Your Manatee County Home

Rat infestations are tough to prevent and even tougher to eliminate once they've established themselves. Trying to exterminate an infestation can also be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing, and you shouldn't have to put yourself at risk. Our rodent control experts at Keller's Pest Control provide thorough, effective, and affordable pest control – guaranteed! We know how important it is to keep your home and family safe, so we don't take shortcuts. We use the highest quality pest control products available and pair them with knowledge, expertise, and techniques guaranteed to work every time. So please get in contact with us today to get your free estimate.

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