Rats and humans have lived in disharmony for centuries, but DFW has historically not been an area with a serious rodent control problem like some places. Part of that can be chalked up to population density; our downtown is relatively small and spread out, surrounded by wide, cushy suburbs. This makes the rat population relatively small and spread out. All that, however, is changing.
DFW is booming, which is great for the local economy but bad from a pest control perspective. Construction associated with urban sprawl pushes rats from the fields into neighboring, established communities. As a result, many homeowners are dealing with rodent control Plano TX for the first time. They may try to DIY the rodent problem, however, if you don’t know what you’re dealing with and don’t call an exterminator, the effects can be quite damaging.
Everyone knows that rats spread disease (we’ve all heard of the bubonic plague). They can also cause extensive property damage. Rats will chew through wood, sacrificing the structure of your home. What’s even worse is their propensity to chew wiring. A chewed up wire can cause a house fire. They can even crawl up into your car and chew through wires and hoses, causing thousands of dollars in repairs.
Many people think that because they live closer to the city, surrounded by established neighborhoods and no fields, that rats won’t be a problem. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Essentially, any construction will displace rats and push them into neighboring homes. Popular neighborhoods close to the city are often filled with “tear downs” or homes in need of major renovations. The resulting construction will displace rats, even if they weren’t in the home being torn down. Rats living in any trees and shrubs will be disrupted and look for new homes. If there is construction of any kind in your area, it’s time to start keeping your eyes and ears open for rodents.
Urban development is also extremely hot in both Dallas and Fort Worth right now. As new condos and office buildings go up, the rats will move into the neighboring buildings. As more and more people flock to the city centers of both Dallas and Fort Worth, the population density increases and the incidence of rats increases with it.
If you hear any scuffling or squeaking in the middle of the night, smell a musty odor that won’t go away or see any physical evidence of rat damage, it’s time to call the exterminator. While poison or traps may kill off a few rats in the interim, the growing rat problem in North Texas is not temporary. The better option is to call a pest control specialist, so the rats will get out, and stay out.
All Star Pest Control is here to help you with the on-going process of rodent control in Plano TX. Our specialists will identify the issue, look for any entry points within your home, and help you rid your home of rodent activity for good. If you suspect you have a rodent problem, call us at 469-363-1657 for an inspection.