How To Keep Rats Out (Permanently)

ByGary Gillen

How To Keep Rats Out (Permanently)

As a homeowner, the last thing you want to deal with is a rat or mouse invasion in your home. For a more detailed explanation and visual insights, watch our informative video in the link below.

Conduct a Thorough Exterior Inspection

Prevention is the first line of defense against rats. Walk around the exterior of your house and identify potential entry points for rodents. For example, inspect your air conditioning unit if you live in a brick home—often, there might be sizable openings for pipes. Seal these openings with materials like tin, plywood, or consult a professional bricklayer to ensure a secure closure.

Check and Maintain Door Sweeps

Mice can squeeze through openings as small as a quarter of an inch. If your doors aren’t sealing well, ensure that the door sweeps are in good condition. Maintaining effective door sweeps adds an extra layer of protection against both insects and rodents trying to enter your home.

Investigate for Signs of Infestation

To combat rats effectively, it’s crucial to know your enemy. Look for droppings as you walk around your house. Different species of rodents may leave distinct types of droppings, helping you identify the invader. Additionally, check for any visible damage to door frames or chewed items, as rats are notorious for gnawing on various objects.

Monitor Outdoor Activity

Stay vigilant about what’s happening outside your home. If you observe rats running around your yard, it’s a clear indication of a problem. Understanding outdoor behavior can provide valuable clues about potential entry points and the severity of the infestation inside.

Use Baits Wisely

If you decide to use baits, exercise caution and read and follow label directions meticulously. Choose the right bait for the specific type of rodent you are dealing with. It’s essential to place baits strategically, ensuring they are inaccessible to children and pets. Consider using tamper-proof bait boxes in and around your house for a safer application.

Seek Professional Help

If you’re uncertain about the type of rodent problem you’re facing or how to address it, don’t hesitate to call a professional pest control service. Pest control experts like Gillen Pest Control, specialize in identifying and dealing with rodent issues. Whether it’s an unidentified noise in the attic or a visible rodent, professionals are equipped to handle the situation safely and effectively.

Gillen Pest Control is committed to protecting you, your family, and your home from unwanted rodent invaders. By following these proactive steps and seeking professional assistance when needed, you can keep rats out of your home permanently. 

If you suspect a rodent issue, reach out to Gillen Pest Control—we’re here to help.

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