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If you’re having an issue where rats are getting into your home, the problem needs to be addressed immediately considering rats can carry diseases that are harmful to humans and pets. These diseases include Salmonella, TB, E. coli and Weil’s disease. They also carry ticks, fleas, mites and they certainly cause you to experience allergic reactions while in your home. It’s not typical for you to actually see a rat in your home because they love to hide from humans. However, you can pick up on signs that could indicate a rat problem such as damage to wires and wood, scratching noises inside the walls, distinctive ammonia like smells, ripped packages of food, nests or even burrows in your yard. When you notice these signs, it’s time to get into action.
Removing Their Food Sources
There are many ways to repel rats and keep them from moving in without notice. Some repellants work well alone while others are more effective with a combination of repellants. Even so, the first thing to consider when trying to keep a rat out of your home is to remove their food sources. Avoid leaving any type of food out. Instead, use metal and plastic containers for storing and keep your kitchen clean. This includes cleaning under those heavy appliances, cookers and other hard to reach places where food may drop down. If a rat gets into your home, he probably found food outside first which led him to check your place out. Clean around outside trash areas, use bird feeders that are squirrel proof and never put any type of meat into a compost pile.
Routine Home Checks
By doing routine home checks, you can locate any holes that need to be sealed to keep rats from entering. When doing this, it’s important that you look into small dark crawl spaces that aren’t necessarily visible. These are the areas where rats will more than likely get in. Make sure that all of your doors have bristle strips on them, because it is nothing for a rat to squeeze it’s behind through an opening that’s as small as 1 cm. Another thing that you should check during your routine home check is pipes. Believe it or not, rats have been known to get into your home through broken pipes leading from the sewer.
Ultrasonic Rat Control Repellant
Ultrasonic rat control repellants give off a sound that is totally annoying to rats making them turn the other direction before they even think of moving towards your home. The best part about these repellants is that humans are not able to hear them. The drawback is that if you already have an infestation of rats and don’t know it, they could actually become immune to the sound and they’ll never pay any mind to their eviction notice.
If you want a deterrent to use against rats that is natural, peppermint oil is another option you can consider. Peppermint oil has an odor that rats despise and it seems to work well enough considering exterminators have often used it to change the course of rats and force them into cages. What you can do is place the peppermint oil around the inside of your home along the edges of the wall or you can place the oil along the route you think the rats travel most frequently based on their activity. Exterminators have found it useful to use peppermint soaked rags as a placing over the rat’s holes. This action is supposed to drive the rats out of the holes and into the trap, cage or bag. However, there may be more rats in your home than you’re aware of and this calls for the attention of a professional who can get them all out at one time easily and quickly.
Everyone knows about toilet cakes considering they are what keeps our toilet bowls extra fresh and clean, but what does it have to do with repelling rats? Well, rats hate the scent of toilet cakes. They are somewhat like mothballs because eventually they dissolve. Take several toilet cakes and crumble them into small pieces. Throw them in rat holes and nests to drive rats away. The only problem with using this as a repellant is that it doesn’t last very long and if it gets into your skin, it will definitely burn you. This make this repellant dangerous in households where curious little ones reside.
While all of these repellants can be effective in the right circumstances, the only way to get rid of mice for good is by trapping them. A professional is needed to determine the right removal method depending on the severity of the infestation.
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