Trying to get rid of rats on your own can be dangerous, time-consuming, expensive, and in the end, may not yield the desired results.
It doesn’t matter where you live, whether in the suburbs, city or out in the country, you may find yourself dealing with a rat problem from time to time. And especially when temperatures begin to drop, because they are in search of food and shelter. They may find your garage or attic a comfortable place to live, or they may decide to move their activities inside your home.
Many people set a trap or two, and the rats might disappear for a time. But most people who have dealt with rats in the past know that when you have had rats in your house once, they are bound to come back. So, what can you do to get rid of the rats in your house – permanently?
What Attracts Them?
First, what makes your house an attractive place to a rat? Rats are mammals, so they look for warm places to live, especially when it’s cold outside. They also need food, which is harder to find during the harsh winter months. Therefore, they may find both of these necessities in your house.
Rats are opportunistic when it comes to food. If it’s readily available, they are likely to find it. So other factors may attract rats to your home. Some of these include:
- Accessible pet food
- Trash left in the garage
- Messes left uncleaned
- Easy ways to enter your home, such as holes in drywall
- Areas that can provide shelter, such as piles of boxes, woodpiles, etc.
How To Keep Rats Away
Think about what a rat would need to survive when you’re trying to figure out how to keep rats away. The best rat deterrent is to remove any factors that provide them with the food and shelter they need. Some of the steps you can take to keep rats out include:
- Plug any holes that are larger than a 1/4 inch
- Keep woodpiles a little distance away from your house
- Clean your home regularly, especially the kitchen and hard to reach areas such as under the refrigerator
- Store dry goods and pet food in airtight containers
- Feed pets indoors, don’t leave food outside
- Keep litter boxes clean and pick up pet feces from the yard
- Clean up leaf piles and other debris, especially if it’s close to your house
Why Rats Are Such a Problem
Having rats inside your attic, garage, or any other part of your home presents many problems. First of all, they are highly destructive because they cause a lot of damage everywhere they live. They can chew through almost anything, like drywall, wood, thick plastic, insulation, metal, and more.
Also, rats carry diseases like Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Salmonellosis, and many more. They can spread to humans directly through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva. But some diseases they carry can also spread by breathing in dust that is contaminated with their urine or droppings.
How B & D Pest Solutions LLC Can Help
Trying to get rid of rats on your own can be dangerous, time-consuming, expensive, and in the end, may not yield the desired results. You need to get rid of them permanently and get any infested areas with urine and feces cleaned up safely and properly.
At B & D Pest Solutions LLC, we follow a two-step rat elimination strategy to rid your home of these pests and ensure that they do not invade your home again. We will get rid of your rat infestation with safe and minimal use of chemicals. Because of humans’ proximity to the infested areas, we take extra precautions to avoid any toxicity or allergies developing in our customers.
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