Identify the extent of the infestation
Before taking any action, it’s important to determine the extent of the rat infestation. Look for additional signs of rats, such as gnaw marks on furniture or walls, urine stains, or nests. If you only find a few droppings, it may be a minor infestation that you can handle on your own. However, if you find a large number of rat droppings or other signs of rats, it’s best to call a professional pest control company to assess the situation and develop a plan of action.
Clean up the droppings safely and thoroughly.
When cleaning up rat droppings, it’s important to take precautions to avoid exposure to harmful bacteria and viruses that may be present. Wear gloves and a mask to protect yourself, and use a disinfectant spray or solution to thoroughly clean the affected area. Avoid sweeping or vacuuming the droppings, as this can release harmful particles into the air. Instead, use a damp cloth or paper towel to pick up the droppings and dispose of them in a sealed plastic bag.
Seal up any entry points to prevent further access.
Once you have cleaned up the rat droppings, it’s important to take steps to prevent further infestation. Start by sealing up any entry points that rats may be using to access your home. This could include gaps around doors and windows, holes in walls or floors, and openings around pipes or vents. Use caulk, steel wool, or other materials to seal up these gaps and prevent rats from getting in. You may also want to consider setting up traps or hiring a professional exterminator to address the problem more thoroughly.
Set traps or use other methods to eliminate the rats.
Once you have discovered rat droppings in your home, it’s important to take action to eliminate the rats. One effective method is to set traps in areas where you have seen the droppings. There are many different types of traps available, including snap traps, glue traps, and live traps. You may also want to consider using bait or other methods to lure the rats into the traps. If you are not comfortable setting traps yourself, or if the infestation is particularly severe, you may want to consider hiring a professional exterminator to address the problem.
Take steps to prevent future infestations.
Once you have successfully eliminated the rats from your home, it’s important to take steps to prevent future infestations. This includes sealing up any holes or gaps in your home’s exterior that could allow rats to enter, keeping your home clean and free of clutter, and storing food in sealed containers. Regularly inspecting your home for signs of rats, such as droppings or gnaw marks, can also help you catch any potential infestations early and address them before they become a bigger problem.
Do you know about Mouse & Rat Diseases?
Mouse poop is a disease-ridden time bomb just waiting to go off, posing serious health hazards to your children. Believe it or not, rodents can carry at least 25 diseases that can spread through their feces and urine, including Hantavirus syndrome, Rat-bite fever, Salmonellosis, Bordetellosis, Pseudorabies, Leptospirosis, and Lymphocytic, to name only a few.
Many of these diseases are transmitted from droppings by touch, or as an airborne pathogen. So, any areas where your children sleep, dishes or surfaces they eat off, or even toys they play with are possible breeding grounds for rodent-borne diseases. These diseases can cause a host of symptoms, including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, chill, and respiratory problems. If you think your child’s illness or yourself may be rodent-related, take your child to your family doctor or the emergency ward as soon as possible.