Are you worried you may have rats in your Los Angeles or Orange County home? Check out Versa-Tech Pest Managements top tips for what to look for.
Black Rats, more commonly known as Roof Rats, found in Los Angeles, Orange County, California and surrounding communities are fantastic climbers. They can take advantage of an overhanging tree, a patio cover, power lines, utility lines or even the ruff stucco and climb straight up the wall to get into your attic.
Once in your attic, rats will begin to take up harborage. That harborage can consist of breeding and nesting, gnawing, and digging, eating and play. These activities can cause some commotion and make some noises. Scratching, digging, and ‘walking’ or ‘running’ sounds along the celling areas are the standard indications.
INDICATIONS OF RATS IN ATTIC
Indications, that if heard and addressed soon, should be relatively minor to moderate levels of activity. Catching this activity soon will save on possible service costs and structure or utility damage. Moderate to Severe indications are dead rat smell, consistent and regular sounds, stains in the ceiling areas, urine odor, or worst of all a plumbing leak or electrical failure.
LISTEN FOR SOUNDS
‘Sounds’ can be deceiving, depending on your insulation. Good batt insulation will muffle the sounds and may mask them altogether and hide activity until it becomes sever. Blown-in insulation offers less of a barrier between the rat and the ceiling drywall.
DAMAGE TO DUCT WORK
Damage to duct work is a major sign and poses a health risk. Seeing pieces of insulation inside any air grate is a major sign that the duct work is damaged, and the a/c and heater should be turned off until a repairs and service done. Once rats entered the ducting of the HVAC, the system is quickly contaminated with rat feces and urine.
AN ACTUAL RAT SIGHTING!
Of course, seeing a rat at any time inside your home is the biggest red flag of them all. What to do? If you are capable and willing, get in that attic and have a look. Please take precautions to wear the proper PPE.
Once in the attic the obvious signs are droppings and track marks. If you have blown in insulation, then ‘holes’ will be made in the insulation like snow. Once confirmed, at least have a free inspection done by a professional rodent control technician so that a small problem does not turn into a big one. If you are not ready to get in your attic, call that pro in for an inspection and for some solid answers.