Did you know rat season is here? When it comes to pest control, Fallbrook and other North San Diego communities have a particularly high need for preventative services during this time of year. Rats are more than just a source of fear for people with rodent phobias. Feral rats are also a great danger to people and pets. The Centers for Disease Control report that rat droppings and urine can lead to problems such as allergens, asthma, bacterial diseases and infections, and respiratory infections, and the creatures have been known to carry such dangerous viruses as the Hantavirus. And not to mention that they often carry fleas. It’s important to get rid of this problem before it leads to such dangerous scenarios.
A Silent Source of Danger
When moving into a new home or thinking about a possible need for termite control, San Marcos residents can easily get an inspection to see if they have an infestation. When they need services such as bee, bird and spider control, Escondido homeowners and business owners typically know they have a problem because it’s become a nuisance in their life that is impossible to ignore. With rats, however, the problem isn’t always so obvious. Small rat populations can infest your home and begin growing right under your nose, so by the time you notice there is a problem it could have already done a great deal of damage.
Look for the Telltale Signs
Even if you haven’t seen any rats, living or dead, it doesn’t mean you don’t have a rat problem in your home. Rats are very good at hiding and going undetected. When the population is still growing, things like rat droppings and smudges along floorboards and walls will become noticeable. But even before these telltale signs, you can look for rat tracks around your home in the low vegetation areas, and rat nests around the roof area. Tiny bite marks may also be present on wood and plastic in and around the home.
Call the Pest Control Professionals
If you think there is any possibility of a rat infestation in your home or place of business, it is imperative that you call the professionals as soon as possible. The traps and other do-it-yourself solutions on the market will not be effective for controlling the entire rat population that has infested the building and they won’t keep the rats from coming back. Rats are also often smart enough to avoid traps, so you could just be throwing your money away with store-bought solutions. A professional, knowledgeable and experienced local service provider like Black Knight Termite and Pest Control, Inc. will have the resources and advanced solution to ensure a rat-free environment now and into the future.