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Rats cause many issues for homeowners, especially with their constant chewing. Because rats have incisors that never stop growing, they must constantly gnaw on things to help wear down their teeth. If rats are unable to keep the growth under control, they would never be able to close their mouth, much less eat, which would result in them dying.

Materials Rats Love to Chew

Rats will pretty much chew on any kind of material that make up the interior and exterior of homes including:

  • Plastic
  • Brick
  • Lead
  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • Cement
  • Asbestos
  • Cinder Blocks

Damages That Occur from Chewing

Some issues that can happen from rats frequent chewing are:

  • Water Damage – Soft, polyethylene tubing used for water lines can easily be chewed through by rats and other rodents, resulting in significant water damage.
  • House Fire – Though rats prefer to gnaw on wood, they are known to chew on the plastic covering of electrical wires, causing millions of dollars in structural damage in the United States each year. Another concern is that rats can electrocute themselves while chewing on the wires, killing themselves, which can not only cause a fire but a massive odor problem when the animal begins to decompose.
  • Torn Insulation – Rats tear and shred apart attic insulation to use for their nests. This can cause significant increases in your homes cooling and heating costs. Even worse is the urine and droppings rats leave behind, contaminating your attic, and putting your health at risk.
  • Damaged HVAC System – Rats often build their nests inside of heating and cooling ducts, which not only makes your HVAC system less efficient but also exposes everyone in your house to harmful germs and bacteria.

As you can see, rats chewing habits cause many issues for homeowners and therefore needs to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further health risks and extensive structural damage.

If you are having rat problems in your home, let Critter Control® of Orlando help you get rid of them. We will perform a free home inspection to see what improvements can be made to keep rats from getting in, such as installing metal vent screens and repairing any roof soffits that have been chewed through. Our experienced technicians know precisely where to look for damage, which means your home can get the protection it needs a lot sooner. For more information on the residential services we provide, call us today at 407-295-7194.

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