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Rat Control and Rat Extermination

Pest Control

Rats are the most common non-insect pest that people come into contact with. These animals are incredibly smart and can memorize areas and paths, as you’ve probably seen in a science experiment before. While you may think that having rats is shameful or an indicator of your cleanliness, this is not the case, rats are very common and can be found even in the most pristine houses. They seek shelter in homes to hide from inclement weather and their natural predators. Since rats are bigger than insects, obviously, you can hear them making noises when they are in your house. Rats love to live in attics, so you can most often hear scratching and scurrying coming from what sounds like your ceiling. Rats are nocturnal creatures, so their scurrying about may end up keeping you awake at night. Hearing noises are much more common than actually seeing a rat as they are typically rather shy creatures and will run and hide from you.

Rats will often enter your home from an exterior entry point. They can fit through holes the size of a quarter, so you may have to go over your home a couple of times in order to find all potential access points. Reducing clutter, especially boxes in garages and attics, is also a big help as this gets rid of potential hiding spaces for them.

It is important, if you have rats in your home already, to get them out as soon as possible. Rats are known to carry diseases and they will gnaw on everything from your insulation to wiring, which can be a dangerous fire hazard. While there are several rat poisons on the market, the best way to eliminate a rat problem is by trapping them. If a rat eats poison and falls behind a wall in your house, you will have a very unpleasant odor for a while.

While dealing with rats may be a nuisance, it is important to get the issue taken care of as soon as you notice it