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About Rats

 
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Rats are attracted to areas that offer accessible sources of food. These rodents will eat crumbs on the floor, trash, food in your cabinet, pet food, etc. By maintaining a clean home, rats will be forced to find somewhere else to live. So here is how to prevent infestation.

  • Sweep, mop, dust and sanitize surfaces regularly.

  • Store all food and pet food in rodent-proof containers.

  • Do not leave pet food out after feeding times.

  • Keep all indoor and outdoor garbage in secure airtight containers.

  • Clean up fallen berries, fruits and seeds that surround your home.

The more rats you have, the more effort it will take to get rid of them. Before taking any further steps to control rats, determine the magnitude of your infestation.

Although rats rarely make themselves visible, they do tend to leave behind signs of their presence, and these are the best indication of the amount of rats present. Signs of rat activity include:

  • Rat droppings

  • Grease marks along floorboards, walls, doors, windowsills, etc.

  • Tooth marks in wood or other structural materials

  • Large (2") holes in food or other packaging

  • Chewed insulation, pipes or electrical wiring

  • Rat tracks in dust or soil

Rats have a very high rate of reproduction, so a small rat problem can turn into a large infestation quickly. This is why it’s important to take control of rats at the very first signs of damage.

Rat-proof materials like metal, steel wool or concrete are necessary for sealing holes in your home’s interior or exterior. Other building materials like wood, foam insulation, neoprene seals, plastic, rubber and vinyl are insufficient - as rats can easily chew through them.

The best form of rat control is an integrated method that involves eliminating attractants, trapping and repelling. Utilizing multiple rat control solutions will result in the most effective defense.

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