Rats and mice cause 8% of all house and building fires in the U.S. In U.S. average 1.6 million home and building catch fires each year. In the last 10 years, more than 194,000 people have been injured in home and building fires, and almost 37,000 people have died. Rodents started 8% of all these fires by chewing through electrical wiring and causing a short circuit. Plastic insulation surrounding electrical wiring exists because electricity is quite hot when it goes through wires. The insulation protects nearby objects from getting overheated. However, when a rat or other rodent has been going after your wires, they leave nothing left but the hot, exposed metal. From there, it’s only a matter of time before the wire either short circuits, causing a spark, or heats up and causes something nearby to ignite. Usually household insulation or other debris that are stirred up by the rodents are what sets fire.
In the U.S., 30% of all homes contain unwanted rodents. In fact, these rats and mice are known as ‘commensal’ rodents. The term means ‘eating at the same table with’ humans, and they’re called that because they thrive in close proximity to people.”
All rodents have prominent, continually growing incisor teeth. Because these teeth never stop growing, rats and mice find pleasure gnawing every day to wear down their teeth. If they don’t, the incisors grow too big to gnaw food, and they can´t feed properly. That’s why they like to make their home where there’s plenty to chew on: between walls, in drop ceilings and subfloors, in attics and garages, behind appliances, and in pantries.
One pair of mice can make 15,000 more mice in just one year. In addition to starting fires, rats and mice carry 35 known diseases, some of them are fatal, so it’s important to get them out of your home pronto. The solutions such as poison and traps are dangerous to children and pets, leave a mess for you to clean up, and don’t work all that well.
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Tenant at odds with landlord after rats infest home
August 07, 2017
HOUSTON, Texas: A family renting a home in northwest Harris County said it is so infested with rats that they cannot live there safely.
“It’s a nice house. It’s just, you know, rats, everywhere,” said Chantel Edmonson.
Edmonson said she and her family moved into the home on Fernstone Lane in May.
They didn’t find out about the rats until June after they talked to a former tenant who said they also had problems with rats.
Edmonson said she asked the landlord to take care of the problem, but claims he won’t.
“Feces all over the counter. Every day they’re crawling up here, my kids are terrified because they can hear them so much in the back part of the house,” said Edmonson.
A few days ago, a rat was caught stuck between the cabinets and dishwasher eventually it had to be pried out by an exterminator.
“You could see hands and feet. He was huge,” she said.
The family believes there are dozens, if not hundreds of rats, in the attic and walls.
Chamari Edmonson, 11, said the rats makes her nervous to be in the house.
“I’m like…this doesn’t feel like a home,” she said.
We’re scared to open our windows,’: North York community deals with rats
July 14, 2017
Residents in North York say they’re frustrated after voicing multiple complaints about a rodent problem in and around their townhouse complex.“Because the rats keep passing, I have to keep washing the floor,” Betsy Andrade told CTV News Toronto on Friday.
“We’re not talking about little creatures here. We’re talking about big boys,” said Andrade, adding that she would move if she wasn’t eight months pregnant. “We’re scared to open our windows, open our doors. We’re scared of everything.” Other residents said they also complained about the infestation. “It grossed me out because rats have diseases,” said tenant Thomas Ellis. Another resident said the critters make unpleasant noises.
“You hear them screeching and scratching on stuff,” said tenant Alesha Bacchus, adding that a rat had even chewed through her daughter’s shoe from inside their home. The property manager, who did not want to be identified, told CTV News Toronto in a telephone interview that he hadn’t heard of the rat problem before. “It’s a serious issue, so it’s not something we would sweep under the carpet,” he said. “The person they should have complained to is the superintendent.” But residents say they already have. “I’ve been complaining about it and the super doesn’t want to do anything about it,” said Bacchus. As of last week, the number of complaints about rats has not increased, said City of Toronto spokesperson Wynna Brown.
The owner of the property told CP24 that there was an exterminator called to the complex in June. On Friday, they were called again to try to fix the problem. Counc. Anthony Perruzza told CP24 that property standards bylaw officers have visited the townhouse on several occasions. The landlord was asked to get rid of the rats, he said. According to Toronto spokesperson Tammy Robinson, if the owner doesn’t comply, the city can take over and bill them. The superintendent did not want to comment.
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