Rat in the Attic
Rat in the Attic

Rats in Your Tarpon Springs Attic?

Rats are one of the worst pest problems to have here in Tarpon Springs, Florida. They carry a number of dangerous diseases and other pests. Even if you have no direct contact with them. Their droppings can be even more dangerous than their bite. There is also a strong, undesirable odor associated with an infestation. Typical indications of a rat problem are noises being heard at night and scratching in the attic. They leave small droppings and dig tunnels in insulation and other materials as well. Your attic is what they are looking for in terms of shelter and nesting materials. Allowing rats to stay in your attic will result in expensive repairs and a lot of clean-up.  We have knowledge and experience that will work to help you get your home back from these pests.

Dangers of Rats in Your Attic

There are several reasons you should not handle a problem with rats on your own. They can carry external parasites such as fleas, flies, maggots, ticks, and mites. Viruses, such as Hepatitis E, are not uncommon. While most homeowners will not come in contact with them in their attic you will hear and smell them.  Contamination can put your health and the health of your family and pets at risk. They can also cause major damages to your attic. Droppings and urine can saturate drywall and ruin insulation. The worst problem, however, is chewing.  Rats, mice, and other rodents have teeth that never stop growing so they gnaw on whatever is available. If wires are left exposed you are at risk of having a house fire. There are so many reasons to call professionals for help. Your family’s safety should be at the top of that list. Call us today.

Rats In The Attic, Walls

If you see one in your attic, more than likely, it is not alone. They breed very quickly and they need to be removed from your attic before you have an infestation.  An average litter is 6-12, gestation is 22-24 days, and new young reach reproductive maturity at about 3 months. This means your problem can get out of control rapidly and the expense only gets bigger along with the infestation. Make no mistake, these critters can and will create serious damage to your home if allowed to stay.  They will leave an odor in your home that will need professional deodorization and the droppings and urine will need to be cleaned up and sanitized to remove the risk of disease. Insulation, wood, and drywall in your attic can all be damaged. You need to have them removed as soon as you are aware of them.

Rat Extermination

Our team is made up of trained exterminators. We will set traps to capture those that are in your home. We understand the behavior of these animals and know the best traps and where to place them. There are many DIY options out there, but you shouldn’t put yourself or your home at risk. These rodents are covered in fleas that are full of terrible diseases that can be life-threatening.  Let us help you with an extermination and exclusion plan.

Rat Damage Repair

After we seal up the entry points so that they can no longer get into your home, we will safely clean up the damage. Droppings, dead bodies, contaminated insulation, and drywall left behind by rats can be hazardous to you and your family. Attics can be small spaces with poor ventilation so proper gear must be used to disinfect the area. We will sanitize the area and repair the damage that they may have caused.  Call Xceptional Wildlife today!