Rat Prevention Tips
For some, keeping rats out of their homes can be a serious issue. Not only can these unwanted rodents cause damage to your home, but they also carry several deadly diseases that could threaten your family’s health. Someone in your family could even be allergic to their dander or fur. That’s why, when you suspect you have a rat problem, you need to act fast.
Whether you think you have a rat problem in your home or just want to prevent it from happening at all, follow this guide to decide what steps you should take next.
How Do I Know If I Have a Rat Problem?
Rats are pack animals — they typically live in colonies and have a leader. So, if you’ve seen one rat in your home, chances are good you have a rat problem on your hands. Some warning signs to look for include:
- Foul odors
- Rodent droppings
- Seeing a rat or their nest
- Signs of burrowing in your yard or garden
- Animal gnawings
Because of their intelligence and neophobia, just putting out bait blocks will often not solve the problem. Proper control often entails a combination of traps, bait stations, direct burrow treatments, and a trained eye to address environmental factors like food sources to get to the root of the problem. This process is handled best by a professional
How Can I Prevent Rats?
Prevention is much easier than extermination. To prevent your home from becoming a victim of rat infestation, follow these tips to make your property seem less attractive to rats:
- Eliminate food sources: Don’t leave anything even slightly edible out — including bird feeders, chicken coops or breadcrumbs.
- Secure your trash: Rats love trash, so don’t leave it in view or otherwise make it easy for them to access it.
- Clean up: Pick up after outdoor events or dinners. When you leave leftovers outside, the rats will come for it.
How Do I Get Rid of Rats?
Unfortunately, rats are one of the peskiest unwanted guests to get rid of. Because of their neophobia, they won’t quickly jump to a new food source — the process requires several traps to coax the rats out to where they can be caught. This procedure must be done by a professional, which is why Pest Pros recommends following these tips for prevention to avoid the situation entirely.
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