I couldn’t sleep last night, so I decided to watch television to make me drowsy. Problem was I started watching a documentary about, what else? Rats.
I was shocked.
Rats can think. I didn’t know that.
They can also get past a trap in a toilet and swim up through the six inches of water in the bowl. I didn’t know that either. Plus they can remember where they came from and dive down and go back out the way the came, through the line.
Rats are a lot like humans because they are greedy. That makes them innovative which makes them even more dangerous. They can eat through concrete and they will eat their own young, if they’re hungry enough.
About ten minutes into the documentary which didn’t seem to have any commercials, I was wide awake and terrified. Yes, rats can be a landlord’s biggest nightmare, or one of them anyway.
What’s the worst rat? The great big Norway rat. If you’ve got them, you will need major critter ridding big time. And we thought squirrels were a nuisance.
Why am I bringing rats up?
Because they are also more common than we imagined. I know they can’t happen to us. But can they?
My point is we need to inspect our properties, and make sure all of our tenants are living up to health department standards. As our post yesterday pointed out, things can get out of hand real fast even in the nicest neighborhoods.
Keep mice and rats out of your properties before they become a problem.