Rats have been a problem for people throughout history. They eat or spoil crops, can spread disease, and damage property. There are stories of old wooden ships sinking because rats had gnawed through them. Every year, thousands of people in this country suffer from rat bites. It’s pretty hard to describe how shocked people feel when they see a rat in their house. Rats are filthy, destructive, and can carry disease. Fifty-thousand people each year receive rat bites. They destroy crops and property. So when they show up in your home, it’s hard to stay calm. Fortunately, you can take several steps to control them.