Rats are exceptionally hardy pests. They can live anywhere from the simplest corn field to the mightiest trash dump, and can survive almost anything – traps, poison, etc. However, they are also one of the most disliked pests the world over. They have been identified as carriers or transmitters of more human diseases than any other life form, except maybe the mosquito. So if you’ve got rat troubles in your home, it may be time to call the professionals to help.
Signs You May Have a Rat Problem
Identifying rat signs inside your home is fairly easy. The most common sign is urine or feces in areas where rats like to congregate – basement storage, pantries, and garages are the most frequently seen places. Other signs include smudge marks from their body oils on walls, the scrabbling sounds of movement in walls and attics, or a family pet intent on staring (or digging!) through the walls to try and hunt them.
Outside your home, rat signs are a little more difficult to identify with certainty. Signs of burrowing around the foundation of your home may indicate rats, but it might also indicate the presence of other burrowing animals like chipmunks or skunks. If you’re not sure that a burrow is inhabited, try filling it in loosely with soil or leaves and check it in a day or two to see if it has been reopened.
What Are Your Options?
The easiest way to control a rat problem is to discourage them from taking up residence in the first place. Seal up any holes with heavy-weight material such as hardware cloth or heavy-gauge screening, and plug gaps in walls and floors with copper mesh like that used for scouring pads.
The biggest change you can make to discourage rats is to make sure your home is spotless. Don’t let rubbish pile up inside or outside your home. Invest in rat-proof containers, such as galvanized cans with tight-fitting lids, for the storage of food, birdseed, grass seed, or any other possible foods kept in garages and sheds. And make sure to dispose of garbage in lidded cans, so that rats can’t get into it.
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