Rat Control Tips

How to prevent a rat infestation


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Rats are an undesirable rodent that, once on your property, are very difficult to get rid of. These intelligent, resilient pests multiply rapidly and contaminate food, damage property, and transmit disease in the process. Therefore, it’s important to deal with a rat infestation immediately. Here’s what you should know about rat control.

Rat Control Tips

Confirm the infestation. Here are a few things to look and listen for:

  • Burrows located near firewood piles, plants, vegetable gardens, compost piles, garbage cans, pet food containers, or recycling bins.
  • Newspaper, fabric, and other fibrous materials gathered together nearby any of the above locations. This could indicate a rat nest.
  • Rat droppings located around potential food sources or nesting areas like the ones previously mentioned.
  • Scurrying noises in the attic or basement in the evening and at night.
  • Rat sightings, either dead or alive, on your property. Unfortunately, one rat usually means many rats are nearby.
  • Smudges on walls from dirty, greasy rat hair. Rats are cautious, so they establish paths that they rarely stray from, usually along a wall.

Maintain a clean space to discourage rats from moving in.

  • Store firewood off the ground to prevent rats from nesting beneath it and to make it easier to detect a nest.
  • Keep overgrown vegetation in check to destroy potential hiding spots.
  • Inspect your structure’s exterior for cracks, holes, and other points of entry and fix them immediately. Keep in mind that rats can enter through holes as small asĀ 1/2″!
  • Make a habit of collecting and disposing of trash and recycling a couple times per week. Store trash in cans with secure lids.
  • Store food (including pet food) in containers with air-tight lids.

Trapping

If you want to trap rats yourself, place a generous amount of traps in high-rat-traffic areas. Place the traps on the floor along the wall, about 15′ apart. Because rats are so smart, they are often suspicious of new items in their usual environment. Give it a few days before you see results. Be sure to thoroughly read the packaging instructions and to wear gloves when you remove the rat carcasses to avoid contracting a disease.

Professional Rat Control

Treating a rat infestation is a tough, time-consuming task best left to a professional exterminator. [Company] can remove rodents from your property with our three-part Property Shield program for rodents. Here’s how we can help:

  • First, we inspect your home or business for rat nests, rat-related damage, and possible points of entry.
  • Next, we give you customized recommendations for prevention, based on your property.
  • Finally, we get to work on your existing rodent problem. This involves deploying a targeted system of baiting and trapping to eradicate your rat population.

Contact us today at 610-337-7378 to schedule a free evaluation by one of our trained rodent control experts.


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