Top Tips For Getting Rid of Rats in Your House
There are some tell-tale signs that suggest if you have rats in your home. As rats are most active during the night some of the common things to look out for include:
- Rat Droppings - these are dark brown in colour and tapered in shape, they can be anything from 1/2 inch to 2 inches approximately and 1/4 inch in diameter.
- Rub Marks - rats use the same routes regularly and dirt and grease on their bodies can leave smudges and rub marks along surfaces such as skirting boards.
- Scratching Noises - If you hear scratching noises in your loft or walls at night then this could point to a rat problem.
If you're hearing a scratching noise in the wall of your home then it may be because of a rat problem. Below are some tips for helping getting rid of rats in your house:
Getting rid of rats
It can be hard to get rid of rats as they are clever, ingenious and generally only move at night. Rats need two things to survive: food and water. If you can cut off the supply of these then the rats should disappear. Most importantly rats are depended on a regular supply of water so if you can cut this off then they will be forced to leave.
Poison is the most common way to deal with a rat infestation. If you hear a scratching noise in your walls then putting down poison in your loft is one of the ways to get rid of the problem The best method of poisoning is to put the poison in a series of rat boxes and place these between their holes and their food or water source. Some rats have built up a resistance to publicly available poisons so this approach may not work for you.
Since rats have a suspicious nature traps should be baited for a week or so with the traps unset in order for the rats to get used to them. The bait will then need to be replaced regularly before the traps are set in order for them to be effective. If you have a serious problem then traps are likely to be ineffective.
The jury is still out on electronic devices that emit either electromagnetic waves or high pitched sounds to drive away pests. Some people swear by them while others report that they still have a problem. These devices are probably worth a try if you have a problem in your house as opposed to in your garden.
If all else fails then the best way to get rid of a rat problem in your home is by calling the professionals. Not only do they have access to commercial grade poisons but a professional pest controller will have the experience to identify whether the scratching noises you are hearing are down to mice or rates in your home.
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