The Dangers of Rats in Your Attic

Is there a soft pitter patter above your head? Do you have unexplainable stains on your ceiling? You might have rats in your attic. Not only are these invasive critters detrimental for your home, but they can cause a lot of health problems in humans. You don’t have to come in direct contact with a rat to catch a disease it might be carrying, either. Most sicknesses are carried through their urine and droppings, which can seep through the attic floor and onto your ceiling below.

Health Issues from Rat Urine

At Critter Control® we urge our customers not to go anywhere near rats or their carcasses. However, even this isn’t enough sometimes. If rats are running rampant around your home, they are tracking their urine and feces wherever they go. Just because their infestation may be fixed in your attic doesn’t mean their germs will stay there. And since rats will always be looking for food, they will eventually make it to your kitchen, where you and your family are the most susceptible to germs.

Recently, multiple cases of leptospirosis, a disease transmitted by rats, broke out in a New York neighborhood and resulted a fatality. Even though the patients may not have come in contact with any rats, they may have been in an area where rats reside, and that is enough to catch the disease. Health officials recommend to always wash your hands after touching something that may have been in contact with a rat, and always wearing shoes when you deal with dirty things, especially garbage. To read more about this, you can check out the New York Times article.

Call the Experts

If you’ve got rats in your home, it could be a matter of life and death. Don’t out your family at risk. Call the experts at Critter Control® to rid your home of dirt little critters. We’ll come up with the most humane and convenient way to drive the rats from you home, and clean up after any messes they may have left behind. To schedule your free consultation, call us today at 954-271-1558.