How to get rats out of a wall

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There are a few steps you will need to take to get rats out of a wall, and for the most part, the majority of that work will be spent inspecting, and then repairing. This is to ensure that once you get those rats out, they don't ever gain access to your home again. That's the aim of the game - to get these animals out and to keep them out. You might trap a few with rat traps, but you won’t solve the problem. They will just keep coming back, thick and fast. A female rat can have litters up to five times per year in the right conditions, and that means one hell of a rat problem for you and your home or commercial property.



The first step to getting rid of rats from within a wall, or indeed, within a home or commercial property, is to perform a full inspection. We have a 32-point inspection process, going over both the interior and exterior of your building, and we would suggest that you also take out a thorough inspection yourself if you're trying to get rid of the rats without any hired help. You will need to look for things such as damage - broken vents, soffits, fascias, damaged pipework, holes in brickwork, and particularly areas such as where the chimney connects to the house, and also around all windows, doors, and pipes that enter and exit your home.

The aim of the game here is to find any holes that the rat could be using to gain access to your property. You will need to find the main areas that the rat or rats frequent, and that’s where you would use your exclusion devices. These most-used holes are going to be your best bet to get rid of the entire party of rats, and the smaller, lesser-used holes are going to be sealed up. They'll be forced to use the main holes, where your exclusion device is situated, and once they've left, they are unable to come back in again.

In order to find the most-used areas of your home by these rats, you could use something like flour - a white powder. Sprinkle the powder down in the areas which you believe the rat is running around, and when you come back after a few hours or days, you will see dainty little footprints if you're right. If the flour hasn't been touched, however, you are barking up the wrong tree. Either hat or you need to wait a little longer.

The thing you need to remember when sealing or repairing your home is that rats will chew and gnaw through any material that you put in front of it. Wood provides no barrier, and plastic can be added to the same useless category. If you put these materials down iny our repairs, the rats will chew straight through them, and if they don't, another animal will. You should be looking at using mesh / steel wiring and screens to keep the critters out. They can't chew through that.

If you do not do all of these things, you won’t ever get rid of your rat problem. They will keep coming, and that’s even more so the case if you don’t do a proper clean up job after they’ve gone too. Their urine leaves behind pheromones, and those are designed to attract other rats. It won't be long before you’ve got another very big problem on your hands, and all of your hard work will have been a total waste of time.

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If you have any questions or comments, e-mail me at david@attic-rat.com