Scratching noises and small brown droppings are tell-tale signs of a rat problem. This problem can range from a single rat to a full blown infestation. Our team at CTRL Pest Solutions wants to help you understand how to identify a rat infestation as well as how to remove rats with ease.
There are many signs your home may have a rat problem or infestation. Hearing scratching noises inside your walls or down by your floorboards may have you questioning whether or not your home has a rat problem, and you’re probably right. Noises paired with rat droppings are a clear indicator rats are present, however there are other signs as well. Certain species of rat are known for burying and digging excessively, making tunnel systems places for food storage. When you find holes throughout your home it may be just that. Finding rat nests are another clear sign rats have a place in your home. These pests will find materials easily available to them in order to make a soft place to nest. Along with holes and nests, rats sometimes leave behind things other than just their droppings. They can leave rub marks along surfaces from their bodies if covered in dirt and grease. Finally rats may leave behind tiny footprints and tail marks in dusty areas of your home. Any of these signs could mean a rat infestation, but it doesn’t have to stay a problem for long.
Rat control comes down to inspection, sanitation/removal, and exclusion.
- Inspection is the first step in removing rats from your home. Honing in on the location of these pests will make it easier to place bait and set traps.
- Setting/ baiting traps and sanitation are the next steps to an easy rat removal.
- Exclusion is the final step in removing rats from your home.
Oncle you’ve suspected your home has rats, it’s time to inspect your living space to locate the problem. Rats make homes in soft insulation found within attic spaces as well as lofts. They can also be found in kitchens and laundry rooms where they may have made possible entrance through gaps in the pipework. Lastly, crawl spaces and suspended ceilings are top places rats like to hide so if you’re able to access them safely, be sure to inspect those areas first.
The next step in the rat removal process is setting and baiting traps and well as sanitation of your property. There are various types of traps you can use; glue traps, snap traps, and live catch traps. The live catch trap is the most humane way to remove a rat from your home as it is less lethal than the other options. Baiting involves the use of a poison bait, a rodenticide, which can be deadly to humans and pets so be sure it is not accessible to your family and furry friends. When baiting and trapping understand that rats explore their environments constantly so may not take to bait right away. It may be a day or two before the rat approaches the food or bait set within the traps. Trapping can ensure you’re able to dispose of the rats body when compared to rodenticides where a rat may retreat to an inaccessible area.
Sanitation eliminates the food and water sources needed for the rat to survive. This method is probably one of the most important measures in controlling and preventing a rat infestation. By storing food in large containers with tight lids, and removing clutter rats may use as nesting materials you can take preventative measures by taking away what the rats need to survive.
The final step in rat removal is exclusion. Exclusion includes sealing off any cracks or gaps rats may use to enter your home. You’ll want to make sure areas around piping and the foundation of your home is sealed to prevent these pests from causing an inconvenience in your life.
Although it is completely possible to remove rats from your home on your own, a way to guarantee removal and prevention is to contact a professional. Our team at CTRL Pest Solutions can control your rat infestation and ensure it will never be a problem again. Give us a call today (828) 228-1522.