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The presence of rats in your home or your business location is not something you should take for granted. Rats are harmful pests that have ill-effects on your property, stocks, produce and health. Here are top reasons why rats are harmful pests.

Destruction of Property, Stock and Produce

Rats seek shelter when outdoor circumstances, such as weather and habitable locations, become unlivable or harsh. The bad thing about this is that these pests tend to seek shelter in places used or inhabited by people. One of the first signs of rat infestation is the destruction they cause to property, stock and produce. Look around homes and businesses. If you see chewed up materials, furniture and foundation, as well as rat droppings, these places likely have rats in-house. Over time, it can get costly. You will need to clean up after their destruction spree, as well as replace anything they destroy.

Health Costs of Rats

Rat droppings or feces are major health compromises when you have rats in your property. When these droppings accumulate, bacteria spread and can contaminate food and other items. Contact or ingestion of these materials can trigger allergic attacks or even cause sickness. At the same time, rat droppings can be blamed for spreading a variety of diseases (both bacterial and viral in nature). These include:

Bubonic Plague

Back in the Middle Ages, the Bubonic Plague or “black death” was responsible for killing a third of Europe. The disease is caused by the bite of an infected rat flea. Bitten people can experience headaches, fevers and swollen lymph nodes, which then may lead to death. Sadly, in this day and day, there is still recorded instances of black death. For instance, in 2012, a girl in Colorado was infected during a camping trip.

Rat-Bite Fever

Rat-bite fever is caused by contaminated rats, or by eating food contaminated by rats. Symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle pain and vomiting. The disease can be fatal when not treated immediately.

Salmonellosis

Salmonellosis is caused by rat droppings, particularly when you eat contaminated food. Once infected, you will experience fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Prevent Rat Infestation

Once you detect the presence of rats in the premises, make it a point to contact your trusted pest control services. Rats are hazardous pests, and their presence should not be left to chance. You cannot risk your property, much more your health, to this. It takes as little as getting on the phone to call for pest control, in order to take better care of your valued investments.

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