How Dangerous Are Rats In Oklahoma City?

September 21, 2021

What is your opinion on rats? Do you find these creatures adorable and want one as a pet, or does the sight of them cause you fear and panic? For most people, their reaction to rats all depends on where they find them. See one of these furballs in a pet store, and you might fall in love. Find one crawling across your floor at midnight, and you might just have a heart attack. The question is, what sets these two rats apart? For starters, wild rats are dangerous. To help you better understand the dangerous wild rats that live in Oklahoma City, here is everything you need to know.

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What Makes Pest Rats Dangerous?

Two species of rats are known for invading homes here in Oklahoma City, the roof rat, and the Norway rat. These invasive and problematic pests are not much different from fancy rats, a common pet that people own. What makes them different is that they are free, fancy rats generally are not. You see, rats are not the cleanest of creatures. When allowed freedom, rats will live anywhere and eat just about anything. It is not uncommon to find these pests around sewers and trash heaps eating things like rotting food, dead animals, and other bacteria-covered organisms. 

Rats being filthy is one thing. It is when these pests bring filth into homes that they become a serious problem. If you didn’t know, rats spread disease off their bodies and through their fecal matter and urine. It is not uncommon for these furry creatures to chew their way into boxes of food, scamper over kitchen surfaces, and go to the bathroom throughout homes. Some of the most common diseases you may contract from rats are salmonellosis, hantavirus, rat-bite fever, and leptospirosis. 

If spreading disease directly wasn’t a big enough problem, rats regularly carry other diseases-spreading pests into homes. Two examples are fleas and ticks. These small parasitic bugs carry a laundry list of dangerous and harmful organisms that spread diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and murine typhus. Ticks and fleas are also a threat to indoor pets that do not have flea and tick collars.

Other Problems Rats Cause

Being dangerous to health is not the only problem rats cause around Oklahoma City properties. These pests are also incredibly annoying and destructive. If you didn’t know, all rodents are born with sharp front incisor teeth that never stop growing. To keep these incisors at a reasonable length, rats chew on everything. This includes walls, floors, furniture, books, storage boxes, etc. In addition to this, rats tear apart things like insulation, paper, and fabric to gather materials to build their nests. Finally, on occasion, rats will go too far and will sever electrical wiring or gnaw holes in utility piping. These types of things lead to problems like electrical fires and severe water damage.

What To Do If Your Home Has Rats

First things first, rats are not always easy to identify. If things are going bump in the night, you are spotting rodent droppings in the backs of your cupboards, or you just have a sneaky suspicion that something is wrong, let the experts at Dandi Guaranty come and inspect your home. Our team of trained professionals knows how to identify, prevent, and control dangerous rats. We would be happy to put our experience to work around your Oklahoma City property. Call us today with questions you have about rats in our area or to schedule your Oklahoma city property for a thorough pest inspection. 

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