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Rat infestations are easily detectable mostly by
the damage they do in and around your homes. If
you don’t store much stuff in your attic, it’ll be
easy to stop the signs of rats living there. And
while signs of rats in your attic might be
disturbing, the big issue is when they start doing
damage to the stuff in your attic – meaning it’s
probably time to call a local wildlife removal
Damage done by rats in attics. First off, we need
to consider the biological hazard rats pose to
humans. Their droppings and urine can spread
diseases like hantavirus pulmonary disease, Lassa
fever or hemorrhagic fever, among others. This
applies to fresh excrements, and even the ones
which have been dried out can easily spread the
viruses and bacteria responsible for those
conditions through dust rising up from the floor
of your attic. Secondly, dead rat carcasses can
spread other diseases and attract other vermin as
well – and you’ll usually find plenty of carcasses
if your home is infested.
The other problem rats can cause when they live in
an attic is that they can actually chew threw
wiring, including electrical wiring, and destroy
insulation. Chewing on wires is bad news in
itself, but it can lead to other, even bigger and
potentially fatal problems – a short-circuit can
lead to a fire, especially in areas where wires
are near insulation materials. Other problems
related to wires being chewed are your appliances
malfunctioning, boilers and air conditioning
machines being stopped suddenly. All of these
things can damage electrical devices, and end up
costing you a pretty penny. This is a clear-cut
case where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound
Last, but certainly not least, if you have rats
living in your attic, you can be sure they’ll use
insulation or the stuff you store up there to
create their own homes. This means your insulating
material will be heavily soiled, chewed through,
and completely destroyed, which means you’ll need
to replace it. If you have valuable stuff or items
from your past stored up there, those can also be
damaged significantly by the rat population up
there. In some cases, people found even chewed
pipes in the attic, which led to flooding and, in
some extreme cases, even structural damage. This
can happen even if rats target the wood in your
attic and go unnoticed for a long period of time.
What should you do? If any of these signs are
present in your attic, and you’re suspecting rats
behind the damage done, make sure you immediately
call your local vermin control professionals. They
can handle these requests immediately, ensuring
that the rat problem is dealt with swiftly and
comprehensively, allowing you to enjoy your home
once more without having to fear the damage rats
can do to your attic anymore. For more
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