How to Stop a Rat Infestation

If humans live somewhere, rats will be soon to follow. Even though the average lifespan of a rat isn’t that long, they can create an infestation in your home in the blink of an eye because of their rapid breeding habits. The key to fighting a rat infestation is stopping it before it gets out of control.

Rat-Proof Your Home

Make your home as unattractive and inaccessible to rats as possible to prevent them from coming in the first place by following these steps:

  1. Keep Your Home in Good Shape – if your home is older and cracks and seams are beginning to show, you will want to do some repairs. Otherwise, rats and other small critters can gain access.
  2. Maintain Your Yard – Keep tree branches trimmed away from your house to make sure rats cannot use them to access your roof. In addition, keep bushes and landscaping neat and maintained so that you’ll be able to easily detect if a rat has been snooping around.
  3. Eliminate Food and Water Sources – Most often this means don’t leave out any food easily accessible to rats, like in open trash cans. Also make sure there are no plumbing issues which could easily supply rats with water.
  4. Careful Vigilance – If you have a sneaking suspicion that rats could be moving into your house, you will want to keep your eye out for telltale signs such as the following: rat tracks, droppings, grease marks, scuttering noises, and chewed furniture, wires, or pipes.

By taking this advice, you will be well-suited to prevent a rat infestation from snowballing out of control.

Professional Help

Should you find a rat infestation in your attic or walls, know that there are professionals out there who can deal with this problem. Critter Control® has been a leading provider of nuisance wildlife control for 30 years. We know that rat infestations are not to be taken lightly and require both the necessary tools and experience to be handled properly. Call us today at 954-467-6067 for a free consultation, or simply to ask any questions about our rat control services.