What if a rat got inside my house?
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You’ll soon learn if you have a rat inside your home.
They’re not the most discreet of creatures, and if you don't
hear them chattering and scuffling around, you’ll soon spot
signs of their existence. They pee and poo wherever they
are, and they can leave a trail of the stuff in their wake.
If you've notice rat or mouse poo, you have a problem you
can't ignore. It’s time to take action.
The attic is one of the most common places to find rats in
your home. In fact, quite a few wild animals like to make
their homes up there, so we would definitely recommend
checking it out from time to time to make sure you don't
have any small and furry invaders. You will easily see where
the rats are most active up there, a trail of feces and
urine in their wake, and this will make it easy to know
where to set your traps, if that's the rat removal method
you've gone with. It will be just below the level of the
roof that you will find the most common entrance points are,
and this is definitely the first spot you should check if
you have rats in the attic.
What happens when the rats get below the attic, however?
What if they've gotten in the ceiling, or even in the walls?
Even worse than that, what happens if you have rats actually
running around your home? It's not a nice prospect, we know
that, but once again, we have some advice for you. The first
thing - don't panic! If you come across a rat, it will more
than likely run away than stay and try to fight you. It's a
lot faster than you are too, so you won't have a hope in
hell's chance of catching it. You have two options here -
you can either call in the professionals and get them to
sort the problem out, which isn't a bad response, by the
way, or you can deal with the problem yourself. This will
involve an inspection of your home to work out where and how
the critters are getting in, and then sealing up the holes,
leaving one or two main holes free, which you will then
attach exclusion devices to. These exclusion devices work in
the same way as a one-way door. They let the rats out of
your home (or commercial property) but they won't be able to
get back in again. The door only works in one way. All of
the other smaller and lesser-used holes will already have
been sealed (hopefully), and they are unable to get back in.
They will then move on, no longer your concern. As long as
you keep up to date with your home repairs and maintenance,
you should find that you no longer have a rat problem. If
they do come back, you haven't done a good enough job of
sealing up the holes, or not all rats were evicted before
you sealed up the final holes.
There are a lot of things to take into account when trying
to get rid of rats from your property, and we would always
recommend hiring a professional to do the job properly. If
you are going to do the job yourself, however, you can, but
just make sure you do a thorough cleanup job. There are
disease threats present in the dead bodies and feces of
these rats, and that's something you definitely won't want
left lying around in your home.
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