How Rats Find Their Way Into Liberty County Homes And How To Get Them Out

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Because of the fine dining, riverboat opportunities, and historic venues, many people envy those of us who live in the Savanah area. As you know, Savanah is the oldest city in Georgia, and we have an incredible five historic districts replete with stately buildings, houses, and other venues. Unfortunately, our historic structures, long, humid summers, and other factors create a haven for rats. 

If you have rats in your home or have seen them running around on your property, you need the Savannah pest control team from Prestige Pest Control. We are passionate about pests, and for over thirty years, we have been eradicating pests, wildlife, and rodents from Liberty County homes. 

How To Tell If It's Rats Scurrying Around Your House

The subtropical climate of Liberty County, the constant influx of tourists, the historic structures, and other elements attract wildlife and rodents to our corner of the world. What are the signs that differentiate between the rodents in Georgia and rats?

  • Chew marks: Because rats have to wear down their constantly growing incisors by gnawing on objects, teeth marks on concrete, plastics, wood, aluminum siding, paneling, and more are evidence of a swarm of rats on your Liberty County property.
  • Trails: Rats create a path to food sources from their nests, and proof of the pathway includes partially eaten food, droppings, and grease marks along the trail.
  • Oil marks: Rats have oily fur that leaves spots on walls and openings. 
  • Putrid aroma: A poorly ventilated room or area with a nasty smell due to the urine indicates an army of rats. 
  • Tracks: An obvious sign is the four and five-toed footprints rats leave in dusty areas. 
  • Droppings: Because rats can eat up to a third of their body weight in food, they have a tremendous output of feces. A rat produces 25,000 pellet-shaped black droppings annually! They leave droppings along pathways and wherever they are foraging for food.

If you see these indicators, professional rat control is needed. 

The Damage And Dangers Of A Rat Infestation In Your Home

When you see signs of rats on your Liberty County property, the damage will not be too far behind. Rats cause damage by gnawing on the insulation around wires, destroying food packaging, boxes, upholstery, insulation, and appliances. Rats will gnaw on just about anything, except glass or most metals, to get materials to build a nest or to access food. Rats also destroy items with their feces and urine. 

Not only do rats damage your home, but they also put your family at risk of contracting a disease. Leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, and salmonellosis are common Diseases rats carry. Rats contract these diseases from ticks and fleas and the consumption of garbage, rotting food, etc. They also pick up the pathogens foraging over animal feces, sewers, and other unsanitary places. 

As a rat travels over surfaces in the house, pathogens fall from its fur and contaminate surfaces. Rats pollute areas from the feces and urine they deposit; saliva left from chewing on packaging spoils food products for human consumption. 

The Safe And Effective Way To Remove Rats From Your Home

The best way to get rid of rats is to allow the experts from Prestige Pest Control to work their rodent eradication magic! You can expect these four things from us for rodent control: inspection, treatment, exclusion, and a warranty. We determine the rodent causing the problem, create a strategic plan to remove the infestation, identify entry points and take action to seal them, and back it up with a warranty. 

Four Easy Rodent Exclusion Tips To Prevent Future Rat Infestations

Once our pest control professionals from Prestige Pest Control have eradicated the rats, don't let them re-infest the house by doing the following:

  1. Inspect the home for entry points.
  2. Seal gaps and cracks leading into the home.
  3. Replace or install door sweeps.
  4. Seal vents and chimneys with heavy gauge screens.

Inspect the foundation, doors, windows, and around wiring and pipes entering the structure. Depending on the hole size, use steel wool for small holes and sheet metal or concrete for larger holes. For more help or a professional consultation, contact us today!