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“I Smell a Rat”

Bug Lady posted this on Oct 31, 2016

 Learn about Rats during Rodent Awareness Week

Breaking down the habits of these stinky rats and how to get rid of them.



It’s Rodent season and in the spirit of Rodent awareness week, we here at Solutions wanted to cover how you can best track down those mangy, rotten rats and ensure that your home is one they should steer clear from if they’re looking for shelter from the colder temperatures.


In the fall and winter season, rats and mice are the most common pests that are encountered by residences and businesses. Rats are an especially large problem as they are capable of causing significant damage to property by chewing through drywall, insulation and wood. These rats also like to chew through electrical wiring and automotive wiring when they are hanging out around old cars which can create a potential fire hazard.


Rats are commensal pests meaning that they have over time developed a sort of dependence upon people to provide for them their basic needs of sustenance. That doesn’t mean that we’re chummy because these pests come into our living spaces uninvited and quickly make themselves comfortable in our homes and treating themselves to whatever they can find, making life miserable for us.


On top of being destructive pests to our homes and vehicles, they can also be harmful to us physically because of their reputation for spreading various diseases such as Salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. If you encounter a rat, they will bite in self-defense or when they are scared so getting bitten by a rat is something to to seriously be concerned about.


If you haven’t seen them, you’ll definitely hear them

Just because you haven’t seen a rat around, doesn’t mean you’re rat-free. This can be fully learned when you go to bed at night and hear rats squeaking and clawing and munching about as if they are having a party. Rats like to move around late at night and can’t seem to keep quiet especially when it comes to their tendency to gnaw non-stop because of the fact that there teeth can’t stop growing and will grow out of control if they don’t gnaw frequently.


This can get very frustrating and if you want your nights back, something needs to be done.


Tips on Removing Rats from your home.

  • Inspecting your home is an important first step in getting rid of rats. Once you know where the rats reside, you can set traps or place bait.

  • Exclusion is an important rodent control technique. It will get rid of the rats by making it difficult for them to enter the home or structure. Rats are easier to exclude than mice because rats a typically larger. Sealing areas and small holes off with caulk or copper mesh works really well. Solutions sells Stuff-It Copper mesh which can be put around piping, openings and utility lines. Rats can’t stand this stuff.

  • Set up some quality traps and baits. If you are aware of the areas where the rats frequent around your home, you can set up a rat trap or lay some bait inside of a bait station which can be placed outdoors or indoors. Traps are better indoors because if you set bait inside the home and the rat eats it and scurries away into a crawl space, they may die where they can’t be grabbed and disposed of, which can lead to some stinky results.


Tips on Preventing Rats from Targeting your Home

Make rats and mice feel unwelcome in your home with some of these preventative measures:

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.

  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, using caulk, copper mesh or a combination of both.

  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.

  • Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

  • Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages for evidence of rodents before bringing them indoors.

  • Regularly check under the hood of your car for signs of a rodent infestation. Rodents love the warmth and enclosed space of an engine.

For more information on rodents check out this link !

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