Do rats bite sleeping babies?
We feel that we should put the record straight when it comes to the myth
that rats often attack and bite sleeping babies. A rat will not attack
anything unless it feels the need to. A rat may very well get closer to a
baby because of the warmth the baby provides, and also because it is a tad
curious, but the chances of that rat seeking out your baby to “eat” it, is
slim to none.
Rats would much rather run away and use their ample abilities to escape a
fight. They don't want to stay and fight you - a human - because you are
much bigger than they are. They know this, and they also know that they will
probably come off worse if it were a case of you versus them. That’s why
they choose to run away - they can swim, dig, and climb their way out of
most situations. What would be the point of putting their life on the line?
If a rat and baby were to be in the same room and the baby were to chase
after the rat, managing to get it cornered in a room, yes, that would more
than likely lash out and attack. This is a defensive attack, however, and
not a predatory one. Much like you would attack the rat in order to keep
your young safe.
Although the chances of a rat attacking your baby are slim, we would always
recommend keeping the two very much separate. You definitely do not want
babies and rooms mixed together, not just for the attacking concern, but
also for the worry about the spread of disease. Many of the diseases that
rats can carry are much more dangerous to those who are young, and also
those who are elderly too.
For more rat information, visit our rat
removal tips page, or for more specific how-to instructions, read the
how to get rid of rats page
with 6 step-by-step instructions. If you have a problem with rats above your
ceiling in your house, read my rats
in the attic guide. The most important part of rat control is sealing
shut entry holes into the building, but after you've done that, you'll want
to know how to kill rats
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