It’s common knowledge that rodents aren’t good to have in your home. Just thinking about them makes most people cringe (except for the handful of people who keep domesticated rodents as pets).
Humans associate rats with dirty environments and illness and they’re not far off. These little critters often destroy wiring and rubber pipes within roofs, cars & kitchens. They carry a number of dangerous diseases and can sometimes even be aggressive towards humans. So if you have a rat problem and you’re wondering: “Why are rats so bad?”- have a look at the below facts:
Facts About Rats
- Rats are filthy. They carry a number of transferable diseases like typhus, leptospirosis, hantavirus and meningitis. Rats are famous for biting humans (often infants) while they sleep, transferring their diseases through saliva. The most common illness is rat-bite fever which causes the following symptoms: joint pain, vomiting and fever. If left untreated, it can be fatal.
- Rats can live in water for at least three days which means if you flush them down the toilet, their chances of surviving are pretty good. What’s even worse is that they’ll use the same route to re-enter the building.
- Rats have razor-sharp teeth which they use to gnaw through electrical wires, rubber, plastic & lead pipes and even cinderblocks.
- A Rat’s teeth grow 10 to 12cm per year so they have to continually gnaw and grind to be able to close their mouth.
- A female rat goes on “heat” at least 15 times per year and can mate with as many as 500 male rats each time during a 6-hour period. This can result in an offspring of nearly 2 000 per year.
- Rats consume their own faeces for nutritional purposes
Looking at these facts, it’s clear to see why it a good idea to rid your property of any ongoing rodent infestation. Getting rid of them can also be a challenge which is why we suggest you get help from seasoned pest control experts like Pest Control Pros. For more information on rodent control or to book a free consultation, get in touch with the team today!