If you’re a Miami resident, you may see rats around your home or business in the winter. And if you’re like most people, a rat is one of the last animals you want to see. Not only is it disconcerting to know this creature could pop up around your property and scare the living daylights out of you, but rats can also spread diseases and pollute food.
For instance, you might run into the roof rat (also known as the black rat), which is more frequent in the southern ⅓ of the United States and in coastal states. You might also encounter the Norway rat, which is located all over the 48 U.S. states. In the Sunshine State, you can find Norway rats by canals and coasts.
Learn more about signifiers that you might have rats, as well as issues that can result from these creatures. And, be sure to call Ehrlich at 888-984-0186 or contact us online if you think a rat infestation is on your hands. We’ll ensure that the issue is resolved in an efficient manner.
Think you’ve got rats at your Miami property?
Now, you might be wondering if you have a rat problem but aren’t really sure what the warning signals are. It’s key to stay alert and to contact a pest expert right away if you’ve got a suspicion that rats are on the loose. Looking for the following red flags may help you determine whether you should contact a pest professional.
- Droppings – Adult rats usually have fecal pellets that are about ½ inch long (but can be longer). Feces of the Norway rat can be ¾ inches in length and are frequently located in small groups, particularly in shielded locations – corners, for example.
- Gnawing – A rat will leave a mark that’s about 0.14 to 0.16 inches in width, whereas the mark that a mouse leaves is smaller. Rats may gnaw on corners of doors and wall studs.
- Burrows – Rat burrows range from 1.5 to 3 inches in length and can be created by walls and foundations or under debris.
- Runways – If you have a rat problem, you may notice paths in dirt or dust along the floor inside. Grease marks may also be present.
Rats can certainly be startling to the eye, but if that’s not enough to prompt you to take action, you should know that rats can spread diseases. That’s why it’s important to get professional help if you believe you’re battling an infestation.
For example, rat-bite fever – an infectious disease – can result from bites or scratches from rodents that are infected, handling rodents that have the disease, or ingesting food that is polluted by the bacteria. Symptoms can include fever and rash, as well as others. Get in touch with a medical professional if you think you may have this disease.
Other rat problems
Clearly, you don’t want to mess around with rats. But these rodents aren’t just a health hazard – they can also harm property. This can be a truly frightening thought when you’re trying to relax at home or if you’re tasked with making sure operations in a commercial building are running well.
It is worth noting that rodents often gnaw on electrical wires, which can make have an effect in a place with equipment such as computers – like your office or school. Rats may also start fires due to gnawing electrical wires, and they can harm wall and ceiling insulation. Don’t underestimate what rat teeth can accomplish, either – these pests can chew on cinderblock and aluminum.
Getting rid of rats in Miami
If you want to steer clear of a rat problem at your Miami property, try to keep up with throwing out your garbage and seal up cracks on your structure’s exterior. (By the way, these actions may help prevent other kinds of pests as well.) Actually, rats are able to squeeze through cracks that are only ½ inch in width – a scary thought if you’re not prepared.
Also, eliminate possible places of refuge for rats, such as boxes. Keep garbage in a container that rodents cannot enter, with a lid that fits well. Stow lumber and firewood away from the ground.
Regardless of the preventative actions you take, remember that reaching out to a professional is the best way to get rid of rats if you are experiencing a rat infestation at your Miami home or business. Ehrlich’s trained experts can conduct an inspection of activity and provide treatment to get rid of these pests. If you’re worried about the presence of rats, don’t hesitate to contact Ehrlich today!