Roof rats- you can find them in woodpiles, you can find them in trees and debris- unfortunately, they also love to live in your walls, attic, and ceiling. Once they have moved into your home, they can cause serious damage to your property. Not only do they love to snack on your food, but they’re also happy to gnaw on plastic, wood, lead pipes, and electric wires. If that roof rat happens to gnaw through the wrong wire, you may end up with a house fire. So, it’s vital to get rid of roof rats as soon as you become aware of their presence in your home.
Prevent Their Access
First, we’ll start out by explaining some of the ways that you can handle roof rat control and prevent them from gaining access to your home in the first place. The first step is to seal any cracks, holes, or openings in your home than are bigger than a quarter inch. The best method is to use strong materials, such as sheet metal, concrete, or heavy gauge hardware cloth.
It’s also vital that you keep your home, and the surrounding area clean and sanitary. Ensure that you only use sealed trashcans and that any food is stored in airtight containers. If you have pets, don’t leave their food outside all the time and store it in airtight containers.
One effective method of roof rat removal is placing rat bait stations around the exterior of your home to prevent them from entering, but if you have pets or small children this may not be the best method. These traps are designed to attract rats and allow them to eat the bait. Eventually it will work to reduce the surrounding rat population. These types of traps should only be used outdoors, as you don’t want rats to die within your home and create an odor if they are unreachable.
Modify Your Habitat
If you have bushes or trees that hang over your roof or the side of your home, then that is prime access to your home. So are piles of wood, or stacks of bricks; these areas can also provide prime spots for nesting.
If you are unable to keep them from gaining access to your home, then another method of removal is rat traps. They are highly effective, and the traps can be places in areas easily accessible to the homeowner. Food is used in the traps to attract the rodent, and the trap catches the rat when it takes the bait. This allows you to dispose of the rodent, without the worry of having rotting rodents stuck behind your walls.
A do it yourself trap situation is not recommended. Unless you are trained and experienced in pest control, this could make the issue worse. Additionally, your efforts could make the rodents fear traps, which makes the task much more difficult for the professionals to handle.
If your preventative measures have been unsuccessful, it’s time to give us a call. We are highly specialized professionals that can assist in your roof rat problem. We can handle the infestation, as well as implement measures to prevent them from gaining access again.