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How to keep rats away

No one wants to find a rat in their home or business. People will often discover rats inhabiting their attics, wall voids, basements and crawlspaces, especially in heavily populated urban areas. Rats breed fast, leave horrible messes, cause property damage and are known to be responsible for spreading several diseases.

Getting rid of rats once they are indoors is difficult. So much so, that it is important to take steps to keep rats away. There are things you can do around your property to make it less attractive to rats. Western Exterminator pest specialists can help you avoid the headache of dealing with a rat problem in the future by ensuring that your property is properly protected against a rat infestation.

Rat Prevention Top Tips

See our rat top tips below on practical ways you can help to prevent a rodent problem in your property.

    1. Keep food in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids.
    2. Clean inside the house and around the garden - less clutter means less places to hide.
    3. Put outdoor garbage bags in metal garbage cans with securely fitted lids to stop them feeding from contents.
    4. Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids - preferably above ground level.
    5. Keep gardens free from debris and keep clutter to a minimum.
    6. If you have a compost heap don’t include organic food waste, as this will attract them.
    7. If you have already spotted signs of rats, such as droppings, prevention may already be too late.
    8. We would advise you to act quickly to get rid of rats and prevent a larger infestation developing.

Inspect your property

In order to keep rats away, getting a little dirty may be necessary. 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 places that you probably don't get to often. Some areas that we can help you monitor include:

  • Attic - all of the corners. 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. Remember, rats can fit into very tiny spaces, so even a hole that seems too small will need to be closed up.
  • Vents - particularly vents that lead beneath the house or under porches. A tiny space in the vents can allow rats to enter.
  • 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 in necessary.

How to deter rats

If there are any foundational gaps that can allow rats access to your interior, they need to be repaired as soon as possible. Rats like to hide and will build nests between walls and between floors. Since this can make rats hard to find once they infest a property and start breeding, we will seal up the holes as soon as we find them.

As we mentioned, it is crucial that door sweeps are in good repair. We will inspect door sweeps along with screens around windows and sliding doors to ensure that any holes or tears are promptly repaired. We will also check for and repair holes in the roof, floor and vents that could provide entrance into your home by rats. 

Rat Proofing your Home or Business

    • 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 integral garages.
    • 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 aluminium plating can be used. Rats can jump, so check up to a height of about 4 feet.
    • 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.
    • 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.

Clean up property

Rats will use debris and vegetation around a yard to hide and once the rodents settle on your property it will only be a matter to time that they try to gain entry to your property.  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

Secure garbage and food

Rats are very opportunistic and will eat garbage if garbage can lids are not secured. They will also eat pet food if it is left outside. Make sure that your garbage can lids are locked down as tight as possible, kept away from the building and that pet food is brought inside or disposed of.

Call in the experts

If you are worried about a potential rat infestation or if you find that you rats have already infested your property despite your best efforts, the best bet is to call the experts in rat control and prevention at Western Exterminator. Contact the specialists at Western today and set up an initial property inspection.

Need professional rat deterrents?

Regular pest control is often the most reliable form of prevention. Rat bait stations professionally managed by Western Exterminator is a trusted rat deterrent and is safe to use even in locations where children or pets are present.

Your local qualified Western Exterminator technician can provide the most suitable treatments to a rat problem identified in your home or business. Professional services are often the most reliable way to guarantee long-term solution to a pest problem.

Call Western Exterminator today on 888-727-0454 or contact us online to see how we can help you with a rat problem.

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