How to Get Rid of Rats
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If you have a rat problem in your home or building, only one thing really matters: you need to find out how they are getting in - through pipes, vents, and all kinds of small holes leading into your
house - it's actually not that hard to find all the areas if you know what to look for - and then seal these areas shut. Until you do this one essential task, nothing matters - no rat traps, no poison,
no repellents - all a waste of time unless you seal the holes shut.
Rats are not only an annoying pest, they can also be dangerous. They can live in close proximity to humans and sometimes they do not even seem scared of the possibility of a much larger predator around them. They can also reproduce very quickly so if you see a pair of rats then chances are that soon you may have dozens. They can damage buildings and your property can soon have holes that were not there days before. The can also give you and your pets diseases by urinating in your food and leaving droppings all over your house. Getting a rat problem under control is incredibly important because of those reasons, and this article will give you some ideas to accomplish that goal.
Where Rats Are:
The first thing you have to do is find out where on your property the rats are. You should comb every inch of your home from the attic to the basement. Look for clues that rats will leave like droppings, gnawing damage and entry holes. Many people will be tempted to plug the entry holes, but there is a problem with that. If the rats are trapped in and die in your walls that can mean a big stench in your house for days depending on how big the infestation is. It can also mean you will have dead animals in your living quarters. What you can do is use a material that will be easy for a rat to get through like paper. If the next day the paper is damaged then you can be certain that you have found the entry hole. Keep track of where these locations are because it will make getting rid of your rat problem a lot easier.
Take Away Their Food:
If you have a food source for the rat then you can never hope to get rid of them. The food sources that you should get rid of are leftovers, garbage and even jars that are not sealed. Make sure that if you have left overs that you put them in the fridge right away. Anything that is left out is fair game. If you have an open container for your trash make sure you get a lid or better yet get an aluminum one with a lid, because a rat will not be able to chew its way in. If you have jars make sure that you close them well, if they are just covered rats can either get in or knock them down in order to get to the food inside. Do the same with pet food. Keep it in a sealed container that rats can’t get to, and you will be cutting off the supply. That eventually will get rid of the rats.
Keep Them Out:
Did you know that rats are good swimmers? That’s right; rats can be really creative about the way they get into your home. Some people report that rats get in their homes through the sewer line. That means that you have to make sure their entry points are sealed even the sewer line. They can also get in through your walls roof and windows. It may take a while to find out where the rats are coming from, but having patience is essential if you can hope to block their entry points. Once the entry points are sealed you want to get rid of any of them that have been locked inside. The best thing to do is to get an exterminator to make sure that you have all of them. You can also use traps yourself, but that can be useless if you have more than one mal and one female inside. Consult a professional for best results.
Repellents And Poison:
There are many people who try to use repellents to get rid of rats that have infested. Once they have an established colony they aren’t as likely to leave even for a powerful repellent. There are many other people who recommend poison to kill the animals. The trouble with this is they crawl further into the home to die and therefore you will have dead rats in your home that you’ll have to hunt out and remove. The most common way is with snap traps. If an individual decides to do this there will be many traps and animals to remove and for this reason many choose to hire a professional to help them get rid of the problem.