More and more Toronto homeowners are shocked to discover signs of rodent infestations in their homes and yards. Rats in particular are now common in the Toronto core and beyond. According to Toronto Public Health, urban environments provide excellent habitats for rodents to thrive and survive. Composting, food waste, vegetable gardens, undisturbed storage/rubbish, low shrubbery, and woodpiles are all are contributing to the increased numbers of rats.
It’s a sure bet that if you see one rat, there will be more nearby. Rodents travel in groups, multiply quickly and a few will quickly turn into an infestation.
Aside from our natural aversion to the rodents, rats pose a serious health threat as they carry a host of diseases, including the deadly Hantavirus. Their droppings can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans. Once the fecal matter becomes dry, it can be hazardous to those who breathe it in.
Rats are also dangerous to the health of your home. They can damage a home’s wiring, piping, chew through drywall and even cause fires by gnawing on electrical wiring. And, if rats are living in your yard, sooner or later they will find a way into your house. Any opening of more than half an inch can provide rodents easy access to your home.
Watch for telltale signs that rats might be nearby. These include:
- dark, greasy marks along baseboards and walls
- black pellet-shaped droppings
- gnaw marks on walls and surfaces
- noise at night behind walls or in the attic
If rats are a problem in your neighbourhood, contact a professional pest control service without delay. Homeservice Club offers a Pest Control Program (PCP) that will take care of those rodent pests effectively―and affordably.
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