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The Essential Pest Control Tips: Rat-Proof Your House

How to rat-proof your house

  1. Trim your yard
  2. Look for seal and entry points
  3. Sticky paper
  4. Store food in airtight containers
  5. Mouse/rat traps
  6. High-frequency pest repellent
  7. Rat bait
  8. Proper home cleanliness

In a previous article (please link to The Essential Pest Control Tips: Rat-Proof Your House), tips on how to cockroach proof your house were put into thorough discussion. Today, this piece will be looking at a different, yet well-known kind of animal for pest control: the rat.

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Rats are very destructive creatures. Not only do they bring diseases with them, but they can also be a detriment to anything, and anyone in the household.

Their teeth don’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.

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 your home from there as well.

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 into spaces where coins can slip through. Some materials you can use to seal these spaces are steel wool, metal sheeting, and caulk.

To get the job done, all you need is a bit of concrete. That way, you won’t have to worry about the rats re-entering your home.

3.  Sticky Paper

This method of rat-proofing is one of the most common ones around. With this, you’ll be able to know whether rats are indeed in your home or not.

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.

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. By doing this, you’ll be able to preserve your food under the right conditions, further warding off the risk of spoilage and warding off rats.

5.  Mouse/Rat Traps

Using this handy little contraption is also one of the most common methods in rat-proofing your home. When put in the wrong hands, however, it can cause massive amounts of pain to the wrongdoer.

Anyway, using this trap to rat-proof your home is pretty simple. All you have to do is lure them out by placing food on top of the trap’s trigger. Once that’s been done, all that’s left for you to do is wait for them to take the bait. Just be sure to dispose of the rats once everything has been set and triggered.

6.  High-Frequency Pest Repellent

In today’s day and age, many aspects of everyday life are getting a technological boost, especially home improvement and warding off pests. In fact, one of these devices that can help in the latter is a high-frequency pest repellent.

How this works is simple: Simply plug your device into any area in your home and, soon enough, any pest residing within the dark corners of your home will be affected by the sound waves emitted by the device and pack up and leave. This is an easy and convenient approach for every household of this generation.

7.  Rat Bait

Speaking of rat traps, another key method in rat-proofing your home is the use of actual rat bait. They’re these little pellet-shaped items that rats eat…at the cost of their lives.

For this to be done, just place the baits in different areas of your home. Then, like the use of rat traps, all that’s left to do is wait for them to literally take the bait.

8.  Proper Home Cleanliness

As with any other pest, rats are attracted to places where filth and dirt are an abundance. Those kinds of surroundings make it suitable for them to breed, nest, and even leave droppings everywhere.

For this, as how it is usually mentioned with other articles related to the topic at hand, cleanliness is and will always be a key factor in warding off all kinds of pests away. Just be sure to clean your home on a regular basis to maintain cleanliness, order, and a pest-free environment.

Key Takeaway

There are other methods of rat-proofing your home. No matter what method you choose, it’ll be as effective as other methods.

Nonetheless, your home should be maintained as the perfect source of shelter for you and your family. A place where you can all relax and be by yourselves with peace and quiet if you wish so. With all these rat-proofing methods for you to try, your home is guaranteed to be 100% pest-free.


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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