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Egad!  We don’t want that to happen, do we?

If you’ve ever had a rat infestation in your home, you’ll know how troublesome—and potentially dangerous—it can be.  While I’ve never seen rats gnawing through subway train windows, I have seen my share of the little critters.

How can you tell when rats have invaded your home?

Oddly enough, one of the best ways is to find a dead rat.  Where there’s one dead rat, there are gonna be several more live ones.

Other signs include greasy dirt marks along walls and the presence of rat droppings.  And since rats tend to follow the same paths on their wanderings, you may find evidence of “rat runs” in the grass and vegetation outside the home.

Then there’s the chewing.  Rats like gnawing on plastic and wood.  This leaves jagged holes in walls and floorboards.

While there are several types of rats, the two most prolific are the roof rat and the Norway rat.  Roof rats live in the roofs and rafters of houses (hence the name), have tails as long as their bodies, and sport very little body hair; Norway rats live underground and are fat and greasy.  Both carry a wide range of disease and parasites.

In fact, rats can transmit 70 incredibly dangerous diseases, including the bubonic plague and typhus.  These can be transmitted in a variety of ways—including being bitten and exposure to rat urine and feces.

Clearly, you don’t want rats infesting your house.  But if these nasty little guys are already crawling in your walls, how do you get rid of them?

Stay tuned. . . .

by John Barker  

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  1. By Rats 2! | Fix It Yourself on September 19, 2010 at 10:30 am

    [...] yesterday’s post,  we laid down the foundation for why these critters are a hazard for the homeowner.  As a [...]

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