How Much Damage Can Rats Do to My Attic?

How Much Damage Can Rats Do to My Attic?

Nov 4, 2019, 8:15:14 AM Life and Styles

Whether it’s time, money, or something else you aren’t ready to part with, there are plenty of excuses to put off projects around your home or business. However, by pushing out the start date on your rat removal and prevention plan, these rodents can take an even bigger toll on your schedule and savings. If you’re thinking about stalling wildlife management any longer, take a look at the top-down damage that rats can quickly do to your attic and beyond. 

Structural Damage

One small rat problem can quickly turn into massive trouble for your home or business. Here’s an overview of the damage that rats can cause to the structure of your building just by targeting the attic. 

  • Insulation – Whether they chew through insulation and use it as a nest or leave debris scattered across your attic, rats can put a serious strain on your HVAC system. Elevated heating and cooling costs, poor HVAC performance, and expensive repair are just a few of the consequences. 

  • Roof damage – Because rats have tough teeth and even stronger tenacity, they can take one small area of damage and turn it into something huge. For example, if one of your shingles is damaged and slightly separated from the rest, rats can chew through the tile and open up a huge roof hole. 

  • Water leaks – If rats chew holes that lead from the top of your roof directly into your attic, the water damage from leaking rain can cause massive damage to your floors, ceilings, and walls. Likewise, rats can cause leaks throughout the rest of your home by chewing through water piping in your attic. 

Safety Hazards

Damage from rats isn’t only costly; it’s also dangerous. The chaos that rats cause in your attic can lead to extreme safety hazards including: 

  • Electrical fires – Because rats are constantly chewing to keep their teeth from overgrowing, they can gnaw through any wire in your attic. If your attic is full of spare chords, you might think you’re safe; however, any running appliance that runs into space is at risk of causing an electrical fire. 

  • Mold growth – If not cleaned and sanitized immediately, rat droppings and urine can moisten wood and drywall, causing mold to grow in your attic and eventually spread. Even those without a mold allergy can still suffer symptoms, including respiratory weakness and infection.  

Health Risks 

Rats don’t have to wander throughout your property to spread the danger of disease and infection. Here are just a few of the health risks that rats can introduce to your home or business through an attic infestation.  

  • Weil’s disease – The urine of infected rats may contain the bacteria that causes Weil’s disease. Therefore, an untreated rat problem puts your entire house at risk for the spread of harmful germs and contamination.  

  • Rate-bite fever – If you try to personally handle the rats in your attic, you increase the risk of being scratched or bitten and contracting rat-bite fever. This rodent-borne illness can cause fever, swelling, and ulcers. 

  • Salmonellosis – Rat waste can carry salmonella, which means that rats in the attic put your home at risk of serious bacterial contamination. Symptoms of salmonella include fever, vomiting, and muscle pain. 

Rats are not a force to be reckoned with. Rather than attempting to quickly mend the damage, patch up entry points, and exterminate pests, partner with a wildlife management provider than can challenge infestations of all shapes and sizes. By trusting a professional to take care of critters and safely keep them from returning, you can protect your property without bringing harm to your local wildlife.

Published by Mohammad Shoaib


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