Do rats bite sleeping babies?
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If any wild animal is cornered, there is a good chance it will lash out
at anything or everything that comes close to it. The chances of a rat
climbing into your home, into a crib, and then biting your baby, is
relatively slim, but that’s not to say it cannot happen. In most cases,
it will be the warmth of the baby asleep in its crib that brings the rat
in further, not the promise of food.
Rats are very small creatures, and they have both size and speed on
their side. If you enter the same room as a rat, the rat will more often
than not scamper away, somewhere too fast and too well-hidden for you to
chase after it, and then get your hands on it.
Rats, just like the majority of other wild critters, would simply prefer
to run away and hide than stay and fight. They’re smaller than you are,
and they know they won’t win that battle. They are even smaller than a
baby, and most humans are predators - a danger - to these rodents. Once
again, they're more likely to scamper away than investigate and get a
If you have a baby in your home, you should not allow a rat to come
anywhere near it. If you have spotted a rat or a mouse, it’s time to get
them out, and the only way to do that successfully is with a successful
seal-and-repair operation, followed by a length trapping and disposal
process. It's not pleasant, but it does need to be done. Rats, although
they probably won't bite your children, can pass on many dangerous
diseases, and some of these could even potentially result in death. It's
just not worth the risk. If you have rats in your home, it's most
definitely time to get them out.
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