In many homes around Baltimore right now, rats are moving in and taking up a home wherever they please. Just like any other animal, rats search for food and shelter, making warm, heated homes full of delicious food and crumbs a top target for the creatures to infiltrate.
Rats prefer to live outside, but when temperatures turn colder, they often attempt to seek shelter within homes or businesses. The small animals can squeeze into small holes, only needing the width of a quarter to wriggle into a home. Especially when it comes to older homes, such openings are a dime a dozen, giving rodents the opportunity they need to enter a home.
Of course, there are some steps home owners can take to help prevent rats entering the premises. Sealing off all small openings or holes and ensuring food crumbs are not left out are good ways to deter rats, but it can be difficult to stay vigilant about these issues, leaving the chance for rats to sneak in.
It is crucial to keep rats out of a home because of the damage they can do, not only to the house itself but to the people who live in it. Rats often gnaw on wood, electrical wires and insulation, causing structural damage over time and creating a fire risk. Additionally, they also leave droppings and waste everywhere, which creates an unsanitary environment.
There are a few ways to tell if your home already has rats in it. Holes near trees and patches of grass show rats are in the area, and if soil has been clearly moved or otherwise affected near the base of the structure, that could indicate rats as well. Also look for chewing or bite marks on doors, windows, electrical outlets or even table legs.
Rat droppings are dark in color and can often be found in corners or other hidden areas if rats are in the home. Since rats are nocturnal, don’t expect to catch them in the act during the day. Instead, listen for soft scurrying, squeaking or scratching sounds late at night. If you hear any of those sounds, rats could be in the walls or the main frame of the house.
If you think you have a rat infestation problem in your home, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem safely and effectively. Brown rats, which are a common kind of rat, can be aggressive and it is important to have trained professionals attend to the program.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.
Let the rat removal experts at Shumaker Animal Control take care of your problem.
Call us at 443-854-8072 or view the online website at http://www.shumakeranimalremoval.com/ for more information.