What Pleasanton Property Owners Ought to Know About Rats

January 15, 2021

Rats are a common home-invading pest in Pleasanton, and they are also one of the most unsanitary pests in the area. They are able to spread many diseases and carry parasites, including fleas, which can carry the plague. While rats might not be a very large mammal, they can be destructive and dangerous, and their dependent relationship to humans makes them a particular problem for home and business owners. Rats have developed over hundreds of years to live alongside humans, and use us for easy access to food and shelter.

norway rat near a shed

A Guide to Rats in Pleasanton

There are two main rat species that often get inside area properties: the Norway rat and the roof rat. These are both nocturnal species, and they have some similarities, but also key differences. So, we've put together a brief guide to help you identify rats in the area.
 
The Norway rat is a brown-grey color with a blunt muzzle, and small eyes and ears. They prefer to live in cluttered areas, and they are great swimmers, but not great climbers. This means they are usually found near ground level.
 
Roof rats, on the other hand, are dark brown with scaly tails, and large ears and eyes. As their name suggests, they are often found in roofs, attics, and upper levels of buildings, as they are adept climbers. 

Are Rats Really That Much of a Problem?

Given how prevalent rats are in Pleasanton and most of the United States, it’s easy to assume they can’t really be that bad. While not all rat infestations are going to cause major issues, they all have the potential to do so.
 
First of all, rats can cause a lot of property damage through their constant gnawing. They are able to chew through many materials, such as plastic, wires, pipes, drywall, and wood. This can cause damage to your personal items, and even cause safety hazards if rats destroy the internal structures of your home or business.
 
Second, and even more concerning, is the fact that rats pose many risks to your health. These rodents can carry many diseases, including salmonella and hantavirus, and also spread parasites as mentioned at the beginning of this article. Along with the risk of illness, rats can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks, and the build-up of their fur or droppings can lead to respiratory problems. 

What Are the Best Rat Prevention Tips? 

Since rats are able to chew through even rather sturdy materials, and because they can fit through holes the size of a quarter, it can be difficult to completely prevent them. But, there are some things you can do to make it harder for them to come inside, and to make your property less appealing to them. These tips are some of the best ways to deter rats, as well as other rodents:

  • Focus on cleaning up food debris by wiping up food and drink spills, doing dirty dishes, and sweeping and mopping floors.
  • Always keep lids on garbage cans. Take out the trash regularly.
  • Seal up any cracks or crevices around the buildings using a combination of steel wool, caulk, and wire mesh.
  • Keep pet food stored inside, and in airtight containers. 

What’s the Most Effective Way to Handle a Rat Infestation? 

Rats aren’t safe to have around your property, as they can put your health, and the health of others around you, at risk. If you have noticed any signs of a rat infestation, the safest and most reliable way to get rid of them is through help from the experts at Patriot Pest Management. We provide both residential and commercial pest control, and we are a family and veteran-owned company with over 40 years of combined experience. Because of this, we value our community and providing high-quality, affordable services.
 
To schedule your inspection, or to learn more about our rodent control options, give us a call at (925) 447-7100, or use our online contact form to reach out. 

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