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Rat outside on mossy logAs Polk County’s population expands and more land clears for new homes and businesses, displaced wildlife looks for new shelter. Wild rodents such as mice and rats often search for shelter inside the attics and walls of residential properties, and there are a number of ways for them to get inside. If you notice any sign of rats in your Lakeland residence, contact the professionals at Critter Control® of Polk County to fully inspect your property and safeguard it from invading rats.

Signs of a Rat Infestation

Nuisance rats can cause a lot of costly damage to a home or business. Be on the lookout for any of the following signs that rats are in your building.

  • Soiled attic insulation
  • Frayed electrical wiring
  • Chewed drywall and molding
  • Droppings around attic opening
  • Foul smells throughout property
  • Scratching, squeaking, and scurrying noises

Dangers of a Rat Infestation

Aside from expensive structural and cosmetic damages, rats can also spread infectious diseases that can pose serious health hazards to your family, pets, and tenants. Common illnesses that rats can transmit to humans include:

  • Salmonella
  • Leptospirosis
  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis
  • Hemorrhagic Fever and Renal Syndrome
  • Rat-bite Fever

Once rats enter your domicile, they will quickly begin to nest and reproduce. Therefore, if you think rats are present anywhere inside your property, you must take action immediately. Unfortunately, over the counter rat control remedies such as poisons, traps, and sprays are both harmful to people and ineffective for wildlife control. For a permanent solution to your rat problem, you must rely on the professionals.

Rat Removal Professionals

The experts at Critter Control® of Polk County have been in the business of rat removal for over 30 years. Our experienced techniques have been honed and perfected to effectively remove rats from Lakeland homes and businesses and keep them from coming back. We also practice safe, non-toxic methods of removal that will ensure the well-being of everyone in your residence. If you have any questions about our services or want to schedule a free consultation, call us today at 863-204-2815.

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