Caring for a home involves a number of responsibilities; there are the monthly bills, the upkeep and maintenance, and then there are the unplanned (sometimes horrific) surprises. If you’ve ever heard soft scratching at night, found chewed-through cardboard boxes, or had the supremely upsetting discovery of rat or mice droppings (and trust us, you’ll know the difference) in your pantry, you know exactly what we’re talking about.
Rats are incredibly prolific: if left in an ideal environment, a single pair can become a hoard of 482 million in just three years! Since they are so good at breeding, action needs to be taken at the first sign of invasion. With the proper attention, dedication, and know-how, you can eradicate the furry fiends before they cause any serious damage.
Rats and rodents are more than just nuisances: they wreak havoc on the physical state of the home and the emotional state of its residents. They gnaw on wood and drywall, tunnel through and build their nests in insulation, and can even start house fires by chewing through wires. Worst of all, this damage almost always remains unseen: it’s in the attic that only gets used for storage, the basement that no one ever ventures into, or the walls themselves. As a result, it’s extremely common for the pests to proliferate without any awareness on the end of the homeowner, making the final discovery much more daunting and unsettling, CLEAN ATTIC & CRAWL can help you cleaning your attic to prevent the unwanted rats and rodents.
Despite how common pest infestations are, insurance companies don’t offer financial protection against the damage they cause. If they do offer coverage, it’s usually part of a more expensive package. Since the damage tends to go unnoticed for an extended period of time, the resulting recovery can be costly and disruptive. The best thing to do is prevent the problem from ever becoming a problem to begin with. However, if you’re already seeing or hearing signs of rat infestation, do not hesitate to call a residential or commercial pest control company immediately.
Rats and mice are notoriously good at survival. As their expansion rate proves, they can withstand an exceptional amount of stress before finally being purged from the home. There are three main ways to protect your home from this “verminvasion.”
Whether you’ve experienced this blight or not, you should know that rodent invasions come with a price that lasts long after they’re eradicated: the average home sold for $249,000 in 2017, but a history (or evidence) of infestation can drop the selling price by nearly 9% and extend its time on the market. Don’t lose out because your home isn’t prepared for the creepy critters; ensure you’re protected from their wrath ahead of time.