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The Essential Pest Control Tips: Rat-Proof Your House

In a previous article (please link to The Essential Pest Control Tips: Rat-Proof Your House), we discussed tips on how to cockroach proof your house. Today, we’ll be looking at a different kind of animal for pest control: the rat.

Pest Control - how to rat proof your house

Rats are very destructive creatures. Their teeth doesn’t stop growing in their lifetime, so in order for them to keep its size normal, they gnaw on numerous substances such as wood, concrete, metal, etc. If you find holes, chips, dents, and cracks on furniture in certain areas in your house, you can be sure that a rat or mouse has been scurrying nearby.

Another dangerous fact about rodents is their surprisingly fast breeding. Since male rats can reach maturity in about 4-6 weeks, they can start breeding by then. In a Serious Facts article, Peter M. notes that 2 rats can have more than one million descendants in 18 months! That large number of rodents could utterly destroy your home!

Like most pests, rats are also the cause and/or carriers of multiple diseases. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention established that rats can cause serious diseases such as the plague and lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, and rat-bite fever. Rat urine and droppings also cause leptospirosis, kidney, liver, and heart problems.

After reading the devastating effect rats have on your health and home, doesn’t that make you want to get rid of them all the more? We hope so. If you’re wondering how to do that, look no further. Here are essential pest-control tips to make your house rat and rodent proof.

Tip #1: Regularly trim your yard

One of the surest ways to keep rats away from your vicinity and out of your house is to keep your plants and hedges neat and tidy. Christopher Solomon of MSN Real Estate says that shrubs and trees give them protection and shelter. Solomon adds that tree branches should be 18 inches from the ground, while higher branches should be 3 feet far from your roof, as rats can access a home from there as well.

Tip #2: Look for and seal entry points

Take the time to walk around your house (inside and out) and find possible entry points such as holes or cracks in walls, doors, etc. Rodents can amazingly squeeze in spaces where coins can slip through. Some materials you can use to seal these spaces are steel wool, metal sheeting, and caulk.

Tip #3: Sticky paper

Place these traps along corners in your kitchen and/or living room at night. In the morning, you might find a rodent or two stuck, verifying that there is an infestation somewhere.

Tip #4: Store food in airtight containers

Just like for other pests, doing so prevents rodents from being attracted to the smell and contaminating said food item when they nibble through the container.

What are other ways you know of that can rat-proof your home? Have you tried these 4 methods and was it effective? Do you have opinions you’d like to share about keeping rodents away from your house? Do share them in the comments section below. Thanks!

2 Replies to “The Essential Pest Control Tips: Rat-Proof Your House”

  1. Hello, very good article, you were spot on most everything, but I did notice you missed one area in need of rodent control. Besides rat Proofing the structure you also need to do a couple of other things to ensure rodents are not living around the exterior and not attracted to the structure.

    Exterior Rat Control

    It is very important to make sure there are no rats living outside the structure, if left alone the rats outside will eventually create a new hole at a weak spot and get back in. So placing rodent bait stations around the exterior and servicing on a routine basis is key to making sure your garden and landscape are free of rodents.

    Attic Cleaning

    When Rats are living in the structure, especially the attic space they are leaving rat feces and urine, these things cause odors, and these odors are like a beacon calling to rats outside that there are rats in that building and that’s where they should go.

    So besides Rat Proofing the Structure a good rat control program outside will greatly reduce the chance rats will get back in the structure.

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