Don’t ignore rodents – because they certainly won’t ignore you
It’s an easy mistake to make. You notice the signs of a rat’s presence, so you deploy a trap. Days pass and nothing happens. The signs of infestation continue, but it’s not affecting you very much – so you simply ignore it and go on with your life.
This lack of response is dangerous. Rats and mice often carry diseases, which they spread to humans via their droppings or urine. Leptospirosis and salmonellosis are two of the most common ones, but the most famous example is of course the bubonic plague, or Black Death, which ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages.
Ticks, fleas, and lice also love to ride around in the hair of rats, often jumping off and colonising various parts of your house as soon as they get the chance.
Because rats gnaw constantly to sharpen their teeth, they frequently damage pipes, insulation, skirting boards, wooden furniture, and other parts of your property.