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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!