Rats may like to live close to humans, but they bring nothing but disease and destruction into Bradenton’s homes and businesses. Having rats can come with serious health risks, so here’s what Bradenton property owners should know about effective rat control. Why and how they get into our homes and businesses, why they’re so hard to get rid of, and how you can prevent them in the future.
What Rats Live In Bradenton?
Florida may be home to sunny beaches and palm trees, but humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy what the Bradenton area of Florida has to offer – plenty of rats do too. While there are numerous rat species that call our region home, for Bradenton residents, the biggest concern comes from rats.
Norway rats are a larger rat species, and they typically invade entry points close to the ground such as foundation vents and mobile homes. They are brown in coloration and the larger of the two species, typically measuring about 16 inches in length, including their long tails.
Roof rats, also sometimes called ship rats or black rats, are thinner and more agile and make excellent climbers. They are black in coloration, and typically measure about 6-8 inches in length.
Why And How Do Rats Get Into Bradenton Properties?
For centuries, rats have tried to stick close to human civilizations, usually by invading homes, ships, and even businesses. Rats associate humans with the things they need to survive: water, shelter, and food. It’s for these same reasons that they aren’t shy about breaking into your Bradenton property.
Rats can enter your home or business in a couple of different ways, but the most common is by crawling through openings in your soffit, fascia or roof. The AC line entry to the house is another common entry point for rats. They only need a gap as wide as their skull to get inside and start doing damage.
Why Are Rats So Hard To Get Rid Of?
Rats don’t mind inviting themselves onto your Bradenton property, and they’re not keen on leaving either. Getting rid of a rat infestation is tricky for a couple of reasons. Not only do rats reproduce quickly, but they’re also small enough to hide in the tiniest of cracks and crevices. Vents, wall voids, and other cracks can all become hiding spots for rats, and these critters are clever enough to relocate if they think they’re in danger.
Nobody in Bradenton knows these rodents more than us. We’ve got the right tools and experience to permanently exclude them from your property. If you suspect you’ve got a rat problem, call us, the industry leader, Rodent Solutions, for more information or to schedule an inspection.
Effective Rat Control In Bradenton
Effective rat control means taking proactive steps to keep rats away, such as:
- Don’t leave leftovers, food scraps, or even pet food sitting out around your home
- Empty your indoor and outdoor garbage cans before it’s full and make sure it’s sealed
- Hire Rodent Solutions to perform a rodent exclusion. We will use rat-proof materials, like metal flashing, metal wire and other specialized materials to block off rat entry points.
- Ensure your garage door fits properly to the ground when it’s closed. If not, we can help rodent proof this gap.
- Eliminate standing water and drainage issues around your home, like flooded gutters or plumbing problems
Of course, the best defense against rats can only be achieved with the help of a professional pest control company. If you’re looking for a long-term solution against rats and other pests that call Bradenton home. Contact Rodent Solutions today for more information!
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