Maybe you have been laying in bed during the night or enjoying a movie with your loved ones and all a sudden you hear scratching, beating or scampering that sounds as if its coming from everywhere. Well you might now be a victim of a rat infestation. Most homeowners won’t figure out they are infested until they start hearing noises, a service provider like Plumber, A/C, Cable or Insulation Contractor finds feces in the attic or sees a furry critter scurry across the floor. Now by that time the damage will have been done and you’re left with a full blown infestation.
Rats have been a nuisance for centuries. They enter thousands of homes and businesses every year. Rats carry diseases and parasites, which may cause health issues for you and your loved ones. Besides the health issues they are also able to cause considerable property damage to your dwelling. Unfortunately thats when most of us like to sleep. Being kept up at night is not fun. Your boss isn’t going to want to hear, “My Rats in the loft kept me up all night with their scratching”.
Now that we’ve scratched the surface on rats, lets go over why they chose to make your home theirs. Rats are considering just three things: Food, shelter and water. If your property supplies those 3 things a rat sees prime real-estate. If your property doesn’t supply these three things there is not one far away. Rats do not travel that far to seek food and water from their nest. Rats like to remain hidden and keep in the shadows. Rats can’t really protect themselves from predators so that they need a great sturdy structure to stay alive. Rats will often travel in packs while searching for food.
Rats will use any means possible to gain access onto your roof. Rats are very good climbers and don’t weigh very much so climbing vertically is not a challenge. Tree branches provide the easiest way to access your roof top due to branches growing too close to your roof. Rats may also use gutters, fences and patio screens as other pathways. Rats are always trying to find a new home so keep a look out around the outside of your home to see whether you may possibly be providing them with a simple access point to your home. Once on the roof they’ll find a way in or create one if one isn’t available. Most of the time rats find an existing hole left from contractors that built your home such as gaps in stucco, soffit that’s not finished or fascia boards which were never sealed. This happens in all sorts of construction. If you believe that your safe because your house is brand new, think again. Rats find these holes and get in your attic without any struggle. So if a rat makes a new hole, well then it really wanted to make a new home.
Most homes in Florida that we handle are built on a slab and there is no basement or crawlspace underneath the home. But there are a few by the coast or older homes where rats can live underneath also. Rats can find entry into walls from A/C lines that were never filled in with proper materials, or a cable man might of had to drill a hole he forgot to seal when finished. Thats why it’s necessary to have a proper inspection of your home to ascertain where these rats can enter. Rat Control can be something very straightforward but you may need to be patient to catch and remove all of them. Simple baits can be used to capture rats. Professionals found online through Wildlife Advertising can assist. The most used bait use is peanut butter not cheese or slim jims. Other baits may be used. You can use just about anything as long as it stays on the trap.
Rats are drawn by almost anything. The bird feeder you placed on a tree to observe the birds in the morning while drinking your coffee is most likely attracting rats. You are able to say ” Well I never see rats in the bird feeder.” How frequently do you watch birds after dark? Try not to leave food for pets outside. Remember anything can act as shelter. Keep trash and anything wildlife could be tempted to eat stored properly.