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Why Are Rats in Fort Pierce Homes?

With more than a mile of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, Fort Pierce, FL, has a warm, humid climate for much of the year. Florida coasts are often home to large rat populations, and this city is no exception. In fact, when homeowners fail to properly secure their trash, it is an open invitation for rat infestations.

Rat Diseases

As many as 35 diseases are associated with rats in Fort Pierce, and the rodents spread viruses and bacteria in a number of different ways, such as:

  • Scrapes, scratches, or bites
  • Contact with saliva, urine, and droppings
  • Parasites in rat fur like ticks and fleas

Home Infestations

Rats in Fort Pierce can enter homes through holes the size of a quarter. Residents might hear scratching sounds coming from walls or noises overhead when the pests enter and exit. Squeaking sounds may also indicate a rat problem.

These rodents are often quite destructive in an attic, gnawing on wiring and wooden framing. Once inside, the pests that find their way to the pantry also contaminate 10 times more food than they eat. When rats in Fort Pierce become a problem, rely on Critter Control for professional removal and prevention.