Ever heard the term city rats? How about sewer rats? These are some of the names that rats have been given because they are so commonly found in cities. And while they are somewhat of a “normal” sight to city dwellers, they are still a major health risk. The Seattle pest control experts at Sprague Pest Solutions would like to offer some insight as to why rats seem to love the city life so much.
Perhaps the biggest reason that we find so many rats dwelling in Seattle and other cities is simply because there are so many people living in these urban areas. Rats are commensal rodents which means they depend upon us humans for their survival. With such a large population in one area, it makes finding food, water and shelter a relatively simple task for Norway rats and roof rats as well as other rodents. There is in fact an abundance of food from restaurants and other commercial facilities as well private residences and plenty of places to find secure shelter. The city really is the perfect place for rats to thrive which means that until each person and each business is careful to avoid any food debris, the rats are going to keep thriving.
There are many health and safety concerns when it comes to rats in the city. Some of these concerns are:
Contamination to food and food surfaces
Contamination of water sources
Spread of harmful pathogens through contact, urine, and feces
Structural damage from infestations in buildings
By eliminating the conditions that allow rats to survive, residents and especially Seattle based businesses can help prevent the spread of rats across the city. Please click here for more information on rat prevention tips.
To resolve rodent problems in Seattle, please contact Sprague Pest Solutions. Our trained and knowledgeable technicians will work with your facility to eliminate existing rat activity and to help you prevent new infestations from occurring with our comprehensive rodent control program.