Except for Mickey Mouse, which is “cute, huggable, and adorable,” the majority of the rats are hated, chase, and the most unwelcome visitor inside the house. However, these “pests” always find ways to penetrate our homes that may cause alarm on us for the “diseases and viruses” that they may carry inside our abode.
The existence of rats is primarily anchored on the existence of man. The given fact is that it will not perish and will continue to thrive especially when given favorable conditions such as food, water, and shelter.
These “unwelcome visitors” are basically an eating machine that can literally eat everything that is available. It can eat your clothes, electrical wirings, walls and almost everything for they are omnivores. You can say that they are not picky eaters, for even a thrash is a feast for them.
The health “risk and hazards” that rats may pose to your family is alarming, for it is a known medical fact that these animals are “disease and virus” carriers such as Hepatitis E and typhus. Not to mention that there are fleas that go along with them that also feed on their bodies but may eventually find their ways of biting and sucking blood through your skin that may cause a flea-borne (Murine) typhus. Biologically (natural), once these fleas feed on your skin, they will also poop “flea dirt” that may cause infection once you get into contact with your wound. It may also find its way through your respiratory system once you breathe in the infected flea dirt.
Getting rid of rats must be your primary concern especially when you sense that there is a rat infestation in your home. These are the hints that will put you on guard.
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Signs Of A Rat Infestation
Smell and Sound
You can make use of your senses in detecting rat presence in your home, for it cannot be left unnoticed by the kind of smell that rat emits, which has an “ammonia smell.” The “squeaking sound” and the annoying rustling noises it creates will make you confirm your doubts as to their presence in your place,
Rat trail of droppings and smears
It does not take to be a detective to check the obvious trail that these little “culprits” leave behind, such as “droppings, smears.” and smudges”. Once there is a dark pellet-shaped dropping in your floor and smears as well as smudges on your walls, there is a rat that is behind all that trails.
Rat Infestation Damage
Rats love to chew, and it causes great damage to your home when these animals started chewing your clothes, electrical wirings, papers, and even your walls. If you can see these apparent damages, you can definitely confirm that there is a rat infestation.
Getting Rid of the Rats
When those hints are present, then you may now have a tactical plan of getting rid of the enemy and leaving no rats behind “enemy lines.” You may become the “terminator” of the rats in your home to put an end to their pestering activities.
Make a “territorial surveillance”
Your home is your territory, and the “enemy” has certain access points in penetrating your home. Carefully check any signs of cracks in your walls or doors, damaged drains, vents, or in any possible ways that may serve as access points for the rats. Locating those “access points” can make you effectively seal or close those “entrance points.”, This may serve as your first line of defense for once these access points are sealed, the rats cannot immediately penetrate your home.
Gaps in your walls must be sealed
Once you sealed the obvious “access points,” but still rats find their way inside the house, then carefully check any possible gaps both in your interior and exterior walls. Amazingly these rats do not need to have a large “entrance: for they can squeeze through even on the tiniest hole. It is better to seal those gaps to keep them out of your house effectively.
Time for tidying and cleaning up
A messy home is a conducive dwelling place for the rats, for it has a feast to feed on. It can eat on your leftovers that were thrown on the bins, papers, and almost everything on your cluttered objects. If you do not wish to have a co-existence with the rats, it is better to tidy up. Make sure that your garbage bins are closed and safely dispose of any “food leftovers.” Nothing beats a “clean home” in getting rid of the rats and other pests.
Set a trap
Catching an enemy may be easy once you lure it to your trap. Setting a trap may sound traditional, but it is still considered the most effective way of eliminating the rats without resorting to any “poisonous substances.”
You can set the trap on areas or paths of which these rats are traversing. Let these little creatures be lured to your trap by using apples, peanut butter, and bananas as your bait. Once they fall to your bait, they are already trapped and can be disposed of.
Make use of some known deterrent methods
Everything has a “Waterloo,” and understanding the “weakness” of your enemy will give you a vantage point of eradicating it. We use common ingredients in preparing our sumptuous food that may be an “irritant” to these rats. You can make use of these ingredients such a pepper, garlic gloves, peppermint on areas where these rats are accessing. You can use any of those ingredients, for it surely drives away the rats.
Let the pro handle the problem
If the rat’s concern is draining your energy and already causing stress around the house, better have it handled by the professional pest company. These guys are trained to assess the entry points in your house, the possible food cache areas and effectively get those rats out of your walls.
It may also be able to trace the “root cause” of the rat infestation and take some remedies to ensure that rats are effectively removed from your area.
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