Rat Infestation: The Common Hazards That It Comes With

September 20, 2022
Rat Infestation: The Common Hazards That It Comes With

Virtually everyone knows that rats and rodents are pests that need to be controlled because their presence poses quite a handful of hazards, including health risks such as leptospirosis and hantavirus. However, not everyone is fully aware of the danger that comes with a rat infestation, particularly to the place you call home.

If you happen to discover an unfortunate rat infestation in your home, let these hazards convince you to have them controlled at your earliest convenience;

Damaged electronics

Rats are known to be notorious chewers, and they will chew away at anything – furniture, books, clothes, and even soap. But one of their most damaging bites is those done upon electrical wiring. When they chew on wires, it can lead to damaged electronics and busted appliances.

After a long and tiring day at work, you would want to come home to your air-conditioner and television, only to find out that neither of them works anymore as rats have infiltrated your home and tore the electrical wirings into shreds. Yes, rats can very much ruin not just the most expensive electronics, but also your day.

Damaged water system 

If there is one thing that rats are good at, it is swimming. These pests are known to tread water for up to three days and can hold their breath for as long as three minutes. However, just because they do this does not necessarily mean that they hang out at your water reservoir to relax – rats are there to find an entryway to your house, and when they fail to do so, they would sometimes puncture pipes to find their way in.

When rats damage your water system, it can lead to a non-functioning faucet or a toilet flush that does not work. When there is no water to wash away dirty dishes or other dirt and grime, rats will find more reason to infiltrate your house as they are attracted to these elements. In worst-case scenarios, the water system damage wrought by rats can result in floods.

Structural fire 

You might not realise it right away because rats inflict damage behind your back, but fire is one of the most damaging results of a rat infestation. These can stem from a short-circuit when a rat bites on the wirings behind your walls or on the gas pipes that lead to your stovetop. Both incidents are highly unpredictable, which makes the presence of rats all the more alarming. When your house is on fire, there will be many implications – health, material resources, finances, and much more. In the worst possible outcome, it can even sometimes be fatal, especially if the fire breaks out at night when everyone is asleep.


Rats are not only threats to your health but also your safety. To promote the well-being of you and your family,, it is best to have a rat infestation controlled as soon as possible so that the damages their presence comes with are kept to a minimum.

At PestClinic, our pest control in Singapore includes not only the pest control itself but also inspection to ensure that your home is free and safe from any lingering rodent infestation. To learn more about the equipment we use to eliminate these disease carriers, do not hesitate to contact us today!

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