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Getting Rid Of Rats In Your Home The Right Way!

January 3, 2023 - Rats

Author - Tom Miche

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Rats might be some of the most infamous rodent pests around. They certainly are not ones you want to stick around your house. That’s why Miche Pest Control offers rat infestation treatment services. If you need rat pest control, Miche is your best option for a rat-free home. 

How To Tell If Its Rats Lurking Around Your House

The easiest way to identify a rat infestation is by actually seeing a rat. Compared to mice, rats have longer, more oval-shaped bodies. They also tend to be bigger. Roof rats can be up to 16” long, including their tails, while Norway rats are usually around 9”. 

Another tell-tale sign of a rat infestation is damage to food containers or areas of your house. Rats can chew through almost anything, including boxes or bags of food, electric cables, and drywall.

You might also hear scratching, running, or other noises caused by rats in the attic or inside the walls. Rat droppings are another sign of an infestation. Keep an eye out for brown pellets about half an inch long. 

Roof rats live in colonies near the tops of buildings. This includes attics as well as rafters. 

A Rat Infestation Is A Serious Risk To Your Health

Rats are carriers of many diseases, including typhus, salmonella, infectious jaundice, and rat-bite fever. They also cause food poisoning by getting into your food. Rats can bring other pests, such as fleas, ticks, and lice, causing double infestations. 

How To Remove Factors That Attract Rats To Your Home

The biggest reasons rats come inside houses are food, shelter, and water. If you take away your home as a place where rats can find these things, you can prevent infestations.

  • Put food into airtight containers

Rats can chew through many materials, but not solid plastic or glass containers. Airtight seals also prevent rats from being able to smell the food inside. And since smell is their primary sense for finding food, this goes a long way towards eliminating food sources for rats. The fridge works the same way.

  • Seal holes and cracks in the walls

Rats can get pretty big, but they can squeeze into spaces as small as a quarter. If you take some time to ensure there aren’t any holes in the walls and all your doors are properly fit, you take away many possible pest entrances to your home. 

  • Keep outdoor trash cans tightly covered

Wildlife pests, including rats and animals like raccoons, love to climb into garbage cans and dumpsters. It’s free food with little effort! By placing a secure lid over your outdoor can, you can keep rats and other pests out of your yard and away from your home. 

  • Get rid of outdoor water sources

Rats need water to survive, too. And if they have a good source of it right outside your house, they never have to leave. Leaky pipes, birdbaths, and even outdoor pet bowls can provide rats with water. Getting rid of these water sources makes your home less attractive to rats. 

Rodent exclusion work goes a long way toward preventing an infestation. But it’s best to call in a professional when it comes to getting rid of rats for good.

The Safe And Effective Way To Get Rid Of A Roof Rat Infestation

You don’t want a colony of rats living in your home. That’s why Miche Pest Control offers interior and exterior rodent control services. After performing an inspection, our technicians create a treatment plan that includes exclusion work to keep rats away for good. If you need rat pest control, look no further than Miche Pest Control. 

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