Maybe you’re laying in bed during the night or enjoying a movie with your family and all a sudden you hear scratching, thumping or scampering that seems as if its coming from everywhere. Well you might now be a victim of a rat infestation. Most homeowners won’t find out they are infested until they either start hearing sounds, a service provider such as Plumber, Austin Squirrel Control, A/C, Cable or Insulation Contractor finds feces in the attic or sees a furry critter scurry across the floor. Now by that time the damage will have been done and you’re left with a full blown infestation.
Rats have been a nuisance for hundreds of years. They enter thousands of homes and businesses every year. Rats carry parasites and diseases, and which may lead to health problems for you and your loved ones. Aside from the health issues they can also lead to serious property damage to your home. Being kept up at night is not fun. It can effects your personal and professional life. Your boss is not going to like to hear, “My Rats in the loft kept me up all night using their scratching”.
Now that we’ve scratched the surface on rats, lets go over why they chose to make your home theirs. Rats are interested in only 3 things: Food, Shelter and Water. If you property supplies those 3 things a rat sees prime real-estate. If your property doesn’t supply these three things there is not one far away. Rats do not travel that far to seek out food and water from their nest. Rats like to remain hidden and stay in the shadows. Rats can’t really protect themselves from predators so that they need a great sturdy structure to remain alive. Rats will often times travel in packs while searching for food.
Rats will use any means possible to gain access onto your roof. Rats are extremely good climbers and do not weigh very much so climbing vertically isn’t a challenge. Tree branches provide the easiest way to access your roof top due to branches growing too near your roof. Rats may also utilize Gutters, Fences and Patio screens as other pathways. Rats are always trying to find a new house so keep a look out around the outside of your home to see if you may possibly be providing them with an easy access point to your home. Once on the roof they’ll find a means in or create one if one isn’t offered. Most of the time Rats find an existing hole left from contractors that built your home such as gaps in stucco, soffit that’s not finished or fascia boards that were never sealed. This happens in all types of construction. If you think that your safe because your house is brand-new, think again. Rats find these holes and get in your attic with out any struggle. So if a Rat makes a new hole, well then it really wanted a new home.
Most homes in Florida that we handle are built on a slab and there’s absolutely no basement or crawlspace underneath the home. But there are a few by the coast or older homes where Rats can live underneath as well. Rats can find entry into walls from A/C lines which were never filled in with proper materials, or a cable man might of had to drill a hole he forgot to seal when finished. That’s why it’s necessary to get a proper inspection of your home to ascertain where these Rats can enter. Rat Control can be something very straightforward but you might need to be patient to catch and remove all of them. Simple baits may be used to capture Rats. Other scents can be used. You can use just about anything as long as it stays on the trap.
Remember rats are interested in three things: Water, Food and Shelter. Rats are drawn by almost anything. The Bird Feeder you placed on a tree to observe the birds in the morning while drinking your coffee is most likely attracting Rats. How frequently do you watch Birds after dark? Try not to leave food for pets outside. You don’t want your pet eating from a bowl a Rat used. Remember anything may act as shelter. Keep trash and anything Wildlife may be tempted to eat stored properly.