Rats in your home can be a nuisance, but they are often much more than that. Rat infestations can lead to other serious problems, such as disease or destruction of property. The Center for Disease Control lists numerous diseases carried and transmitted by rats. These include: Leptospirosis, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome, Lassa Fever, and even Plague! Many people think Plague was wiped out long ago, but a number of cases still occur in this country each year. Rat removal is essential for good hygiene.
Also, while rats are not a staple for many larger predators, those such as mountain lions or coyotes are opportunistic hunters, and they will eat them to survive when necessary. A rat infestation can attract these predators and lead to further wildlife problems.
How do you know if your house is infested by rats? Here are some common signs: gnaw marks, droppings, tracks or trails, nests of shredded paper or other materials, foul odors, or agitation of cats, dogs, or other larger pets. Unexplained rustling sounds at night are another possible sign. Action needs to be taken when any of these occur, but rodents seen during the daytime can be especially concerning, indicating the possibility the infestation has grown larger. The gnawing of rats can cause much damage.
For all these reasons, the safest and wisest course when dealing with wildlife infestations is to call the professionals. We are also experts in the removal of any larger wildlife creatures attracted to your house by these rats. If you live in Los Angeles or a surrounding area and become aware of the need for rodent control, contact Animal Capture Wildlife Control. We will rid your home of unwanted wildlife in a rapid, safe, and humane manner.