For many years, termites were the biggest threat to homes in Austin, TX. In the past five years, roof rats have taken over. These rodents dwell in high spaces, like trees and rafters, and build nests and social colonies there.
Roof rats are native to Texas, but they were not normally seen in the city until recent years. Like all rats, roof rats reproduce quickly and can be extremely destructive. They are responsible for structural damage as they chew through the wood and insulation of a home. They can also invade pantries and cupboards and ruin your food.
These rodents arrived in the city mostly during the 2011 drought, which caused many species of local wildlife to move from the surrounding countryside and into the city in search of food and water. Aside from rats, local officials have also found a higher than average number of raccoons and squirrels in the city.
Once the rats moved into the city, they began to spread. With easy access to food and shelter, they had no need to return to the rural areas. They can now be found in almost every neighborhood in Austin.
As a preventive measure, you should seal off any cracks in your foundation or around the roof that may enable the rodents to enter your home. Roof rats are excellent climbers and jumpers. If there are holes in or around your roof that can be accessed by nearby buildings or tree branches, you might get rats in your home.
How do you know if rats have invaded your home?
- Seeing rodents in or near your property
- Hearing the sound of scratching in the walls or ceiling
- Finding droppings around your house
- Finding chewed or scattered food items or paper bits
If you see any of these obvious signs, you need to call the rodent control experts at DM Pest Control. We have been taking care of Austin’s rodent problems for 25 years. 100% satisfaction guaranteed or 100% money back.
If there’s one rat in your home, there are more. Handling the infestation before it gets out of control is the key to protecting your home and family.