If there are rodents in your home, they typically nest in the attic or basement; two of the primary areas for the insulation and wiring for your home. The evidence of a rat infestation usually includes chewed up insulation and flooring, holes in boxes of food and rat droppings near water and food sources. Rats chew through wiring, which poses a serious risk of fire, their droppings can destroy the structure of your home and they pose a serious risk to the health of your family. Regardless of the severity of the infestation, getting rid of rats is often a difficult task and you should not attempt to get rid of them on your own, because you may be at risk of getting bitten. Prevention is the best form of rodent control, including rats. If you suspect your home has rodents, it is important to contact a professional pest control company as soon as possible. Once these rodents have been removed from your home, it is essential that you take all necessary precautions to prevent another infestation of rodents as well as other rodents. The following tips are beneficial for rodent control and prevention.
Rodents, such as rats, are typically attracted to food and water, so it is important to clean up spills and crumbs as soon as they happen. You should also check the plumbing to ensure there are no leaks, which may attract them. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of rats and other rodents from entering your home is to regularly clean the kitchen floors and countertops with an ammonia based cleaner. If you prefer to use natural products, one of the best non-toxic products to ward off unwanted rodents is peppermint oil. Sprinkling a few drops around both the interior and exterior of your home will typically prevent them from coming into the house. One of the most commonly overlooked places that contain rodent attracting food is the oven. Routinely clean inside, outside and under the stove to remove any food and grease. Keep in mind that most rodents, including rats, are nocturnal, which means they typically scavenge through the house while you are sleeping. So, it is essential that you wash the dishes before going to bed and also make sure the trash bags are securely closed.
Rodents, particularly rats, want to find a place that is warm, so it is important that you routinely walk the exterior perimeter of your home to look for holes, cracks and crevices where they may get in. If you do find holes, it is essential that you seal them as soon as possible with a durable material that rodents can chew through. You should avoid storing old appliances in sheds, garages and other out buildings, because they will attract rats and other rodents that will eventually find their way into your home. Garbage cans should have tight lids and be stored away from the house. Another common way rats and other rodents find their way into your home is by way of tree branches and overgrown trees, so make sure to keep all trees trimmed. The gutters and roof should also be inspected to make sure there is no entrance point that may lead into the house. For example, if the flashing around the chimney is damaged, it will provide an opening into your attic, allowing them a way to travel in and out of the house.
If you notice any signs of an infestation, whether it is rats or other rodents, contact a pest control company as soon as possible. One of the best ways to reduce the risk of a rodent problem is to have a pest control company do routine inspections of your home. Not only will routine inspections help to catch a possible problem before extensive damages can occur, but the technician can also provide you with valuable information about rodent control and infestation prevention.