What can rats chew through?

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Basically everything ... that's the answer to this question. There are very few materials that rats can't chew through, and that's what makes getting them out of your home, and then keeping them out of your home, quite an impossible task. That is, of course, unless you have the right materials and the right information. You are going to find that right here.

You might not like to hear this, but rat-proofing your land is actually impossible. You can rat-proof your home, but even then, there are still going to be tiny patches of damage and holes that you might not spot. Don’t berate yourself too much. This happens. These cheeky rats have a habit of outsmarting humans, even though we don’t like to admit it.

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On the scale of “toughness” - the Mohs Scale, which actually measures the hardness of minerals and gemstones, rat teeth actually weigh in around 5, out of the scale of 1 to 10. This makes rats teeth about as “tough“ or “hard" as copper or iron. This means, in turn, that rats will have no problems at all working their way a whole host of materials, including asbestos and cinder blocks, wood, cement, lead, aluminum, brick and plastic. That's basically every material that makes up your home, and should also give you a little understanding on how easy it is for the rats to break into your home.

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When looking at keeping rats out of your home, replacing damaged materials and repairing broken sections, make sure you use materials that we have no listed. Aluminum flashing can be used, but we would advise using it in conjunction with other things - steel mesh wiring, for example, or a good polyurethane sealant. This is what stops the airflow, and if a rat can sense airflow, they’ll soon realize they can break in.

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