Rats in your home or business is a serious problem, one of the most serious infestations you can have. It is important to get rid of rats immediately—and rat poison isn’t your only option.

Rats have brought disease and misery to people since before civilization began. From the Black Death to today’s hantavirus (very, very rare in the New York/New Jersey), rats are a common vector for spreading bacteria, viruses, parasites and other pests, like fleas and ticks. Rats are filthy animals—they will swim through sewers and live in rotting trash, spreading contaminates wherever they go. Rats spread typhus, strep, meningitis and aggravate allergies. From their droppings to their breath, rats are veritable disease machines.