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Rat mites. Even the word combination can invoke nightmares.
Tiny, disgusting, and literally living on the back on nasty rodents, these creatures are something that you don’t want to see in your property. With that being said, what exactly are rat mites? How does one get them in their home? Are they more dangerous than bed bugs?
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As you can figure out by the name of the insect, rat mites are little spider-like bugs (only 0.75 to 1.44 mm) that can be found living on the backs of rats. Even dead rats. Disgusting, we know.
But it gets even worse.
Rat mites can also choose another type of host to munch on – people. They like to feast on blood, which, needless to say, doesn’t end well for the host, as their bites can lead to dermatitis and other types of skin issues. At this point, you are probably wondering can rat mites live on humans, and the answer is no, they can’t,
Still – why are they worse than bed bugs?
Because a rat mite infestation means that you probably have another type of pest issue in your property – a rat one.
Now that we’ve covered what exactly are these creatures, it’s time to talk about rat mites symptoms:
As rat mites and bed bugs share quite a few characteristics – they are both tiny, like to suck on blood, and love to leave itchy skin marks behind, it’s hard to figure out what you are dealing with, however, hard doesn’t mean impossible. Without further ado, here are the main differences between bed bugs and rat mites:
If you are looking for a DIY solution for your rat mite problem, the news isn’t great – there isn’t one.
Your best option is to call a professional pest control company and have them inspect your property and treat it for the rodent infestation. And we suggest doing this as soon as you spot the first signs, because not only can a rat mite infestation cause you serious health issues, but it can also be an indicator of something a lot larger and far more dangerous happening inside your home – a rodent infestation.
As with all types of infestation, the key to keeping your home safe is practising prevention. With that in mind, here is what you can do to keep rat mites at bay:
If you’ve figured out that you have a rat mite infestation and you are running around in circles, panicking, stop and call Fantastic Services! We offer professional pest control solutions that will cleanse your property of the nasty vermin in no time.
The methods that we use are proven to be highly effective and are performed by experienced, vetted, insured, and additionally trained exterminators. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention that they are also budget-friendly!
So, what are you waiting for? Send those nasty rat mites packing with the help of Fantastic Services’ rat mite extermination service in Australia – you won’t regret it.
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