Do rats chew on wires? Why?
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Rats really will chew through anything, and thatís what
makes them so dangerous as wild animals that invade your
home. Electrical wiring - theyíll chew right through it. The
same applies to wood, plastics, and other building
materials, including brick. In fact, there are few very
materials that these rodents wonít be able to gnaw and claw
their way through. In case you were wondering, aluminum
flashing and steel wire mesh are two things you can use to
keep them out. They canít chew through these two strong
A ratís incisors will never stop growing, and thatís what
makes their chewing action so impossible to stop. If the
rats didnít gnaw and chew on things, their teeth would be
very long. They need the chewing to wear them down. The fact
they the rats might be chewing on your electrical wiring
isnít something the rats have done on purpose to annoy you.
It's just something they do - they chew through everything
and anything that gets in their way.
If that electrical wiring is close to a wooden beam, or it
touches that wooden beam, you have a very dangerous fire
risk. That is actually one of the biggest concerns when you
have rats in your attic, and is one of the biggest reasons
why you should regularly check your attic for signs of
damage, wear and tear, or animal invasion.
Of course, electrical wiring is just the tip of the iceberg.
These are animals that really will chew through anything. If
you have PVC pipes, they'll chew through that, and that can
cause leaks, and in worst-case scenarios, even flooding. If
you have wooden beams or rafters, they will chew that those
too, and that can cause serious structural damage to your
home. These kinds of repairs are not small repairs, and they
will cost hundreds, and potentially even thousands of
dollars to put right. Do you have that kind of cash floating
away spare in case of rat repairs? In this current economic
climate, many homeowners do not.
Wiring behind refrigerators meaning that white goods need to
be replaced or repaired, damage to curtains, walls,
furniture, urine stains, fur and grease staining, the feces
lying around Ö Chewing is only one small part of a very big
problem when you have a rat infestation.
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