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
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
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
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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