How To Deter Rats

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How to get rid of rats

Rats can be a major pest if they get into your property. Crafty and relentless, rats will exploit any gap in search of a warm place to nest and easy access to food. Not only are rats capable of causing significant damage,  they can also transmit diseases. They can contaminate food via urine and droppings and they are also pretty frightening to come across in your home or business.

Rat removal solutions can vary depending on the rat species. Since rats are nocturnal, it’s unlikely that you will actually spot a live rat. However, if spotted, rats are pretty easy to identify. Black rats have a pointed nose, large ears, and a slender body, while brown rats have a blunt nose, small ears, and a thicker body.

Correct identification will help with choosing the most effective rat removal and prevention method, saving you both time and money. If you think you’ve spotted the signs of rats around your property, contact your local Western Exterminator office today and schedule a property inspection.

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DIY rat control

Though DIY rat control and prevention may appear the cheaper option, the chances of sub-standard control are significantly higher. Incorrect pest identification, treatment, and/or additional professional services required after the fact will make the overall cost higher in the long run.

Rat prevention tips

There are many things you can do in your home or business to help with rat prevention. Below are our top tips to prevent a rodent problem in your property.

Inspect your property

In order to keep rats away, your building should be inspected from top to bottom, and Western is here to help. Our pest specialists will thoroughly survey the property, getting into the corners and other hidden spots. Some areas that we can help you monitor include:

  • The attic - Roof rats can tear holes in roofing tiles and the roof itself and build nests in attics.
  • Crawlspaces and basements - We look for holes and spaces in walls and foundations. 
  • Vents - We’ll check all your vents, particularly vents that lead beneath the house or under porches. 
  • Garages and outside buildings - If rats cannot get into your house, they might chew their way through the rubber sweeps at the bottom of a garage door or into sheds and other outlying buildings. Our pest specialists will help install new door sweeps if necessary.

Clean your property

Rats will use debris and vegetation around a yard to hide. Once the rodents settle on your property, it will only be a matter of time before they try to gain entry to your home.  Keep rats from infesting your yard by:

  • Cleaning up loose vegetation
  • Making sure that firewood is stored away from the sides of buildings
  • Trimming back bushes, trees and tall grass that encroach on the property
  • Keeping grass cut short

Rat-proof your home or business

  • Seal entrances - Young rats can squeeze through small gaps under doorways, so fit strips to the bottom of doors as a deterrent. They will also use cat flaps to get in and will enlarge gaps by gnawing to enter homes via garages.
  • Fill gaps in exterior walls - Holes or small openings (around utility cables or pipe work) need to be filled with stainless steel wire wool and caulking or concrete. Steel or aluminum plating can be used. Rats can jump, so check up to a height of about 4 feet.
  • Repair roofs - Rats climb along electrical cables or use overhanging branches to get into loft spaces and attics through gaps in broken roof tiles or under eaves. Repair roof damage and use wire mesh to seal gaps.
  • Monitor drains and sewer pipes - Rats have been known to swim up damaged sewer pipes and get round u-bends in toilets, so get into the habit of keeping toilet seat lids closed. They will also use drain pipes and drainage outlets. Use tightly fitting metal grates or screens to cover drains, especially in basement areas. Regularly check pipe work and ensure any breakage is fixed immediately.
  • Eliminate access to food sources - Keep food (for humans, birds, or pets) in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids and ensure prompt cleanup of any food debris. Outdoor garbage should be kept in metal garbage cans with securely fitted lids as well. If you have a compost heap, do not include organic food waste, as this will attract rats. Organic food waste should be composted in an enclosed bin.

Take action

For reliable rat prevention and removal services, call the specialists at Western Exterminator. We have been the reliable and trusted resource for rat removal and prevention since 1921. Schedule a property inspection by contacting us today.


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