No one ever wants to find a rat in their home. There are probably very few situations you would want to see a rat scurrying around your bedroom. Unfortunately, rats can be common, but because of how often people discover rats living in their homes, there are plenty of efficient ways to remove them and keep them from returning to the space. Here is a great resource to learn more about how to perform humane rat removal at ratpoisonfacts.org
Signs to look for
The most obvious signs of rats are usually one of two things: hearing scurrying in the walls of your home or feces left behind in visible places. These are two of the most obvious and well-known signs of rats living in your home, but they may not have been the only clues available. Rats often give off a strong ammonia smell. Many people do not know this and may believe it to be something else entirely. Once you are aware that this smell can exist because of rats, it can be another clue that helps you realize they are hanging around. You could even potentially smell them before you see or hear them.
Rats do not have the best eyesight. Because of this, many rats will use the same pathways to move throughout your house because of the familiarity. The well-used pathways will eventually develop dirt or grease marks along the walls or footpath. You can look for these signs and it may even be able to lead you to the part of the home they are most often frequenting. You may also see chew marks, shredded paper, or damaged paper food containers. In some unused, dusty areas of your home, you may also see footprints.
Like other forms of wildlife that can be found in the home, they need to be removed both to keep any further damage to your home from happening and to keep your family safe and healthy. Rats have the ability to damage and chew through important electrical or technical cables in the home. This can cause costly repairs and be a potential fire hazard. Rats also can carry and transmit harmful diseases and bacteria through both direct and indirect contact. The bacteria and disease do not have to be spread through touching the rat or a bite. It can be spread through contact with their urine, feces, or saliva as well.
Locating the epicenter of the infestation is necessary for efficient removal and elimination. Trapping one random rat you found in one random part of your home will not be helpful in removing the entire group. If you are having trouble locating the location they are using, a professional can help you pinpoint the location to use for trapping and removing. If you have any damaged or vulnerable areas of your home with cracks or holes, you can start there. If you cannot find any areas of your home like that and are not sure how they are getting into your home, a professional knows specific areas to look for that homeowners may be unaware of.
Once you have located the area of the home that the rats are frequenting, you can begin your method of removal. If you are unsure of the best way to go about this, Mighty Men Pest Control can help you decide the best process and assist you in implementation. Choosing the right method is vital for elimination. You may have to attempt a few methods before you find the right one.
When the rats have been removed and eliminated from the home, the areas that they used as entry and exit points into the home need to be repaired or covered. If you are not sure that you currently have a rat problem, but you see areas of the home that they could use as entry and exit points, it can be beneficial to go ahead and have these areas taken care of. You will also need to sanitize the area to prevent harmful bacteria or diseases from being spread to you or your family. Toss out any contaminated food or food containers that show any signs of gnawing marks.
Make your home unlivable for rats
Rats and other wildlife love the warmth of your home and easy access to food and water. To help control further infestations of rats or other wildlife you can:
-Seal food into solid plastic containers instead of leaving them in paper or plastic bags that are easy to chew. Do not leave uncovered food sitting around the home and clean up thoroughly after meals.
-Access to water is another beneficial factor of staying in a home. Repair any leaky pipes or plumbing. Arrange gutters so that water does not accumulate.
-Keep your home organized and decluttered. Clutter and other house objects laying around in piles or stacks give small wildlife a place to hide. Removing these easy-to-hide spaces makes your home less attractive and gives them fewer places to hide when you begin looking for the infestation.
If you have a rat issue that is overwhelming or seemingly out of your hands, you can contact Mighty Men Pest Control for passionate and experienced service. Sometimes, home remedies or DIY methods might not work for your problems depending on the size or location of the infestation. We can help with those hard-to-reach places and overwhelming numbers. We are experienced and can offer the latest and safest methods of removal to make your home feel comfortable, safe, and free from pests once again.