Rat-proofing your home in Tampa can be a time-intensive undertaking, but itâ€™s necessary to ensure your health and safety. Rat-proofing your home protects your property from damage and protects you, your family members, and pets from the diseases rats often carry. At Critter Control of Tampa, we are dedicated to helping each of our customers with this task using individualized plans.
How to Rat-Proof Your Home
If you live in an area where rat infestations are common, you have probably already picked up a few rat-proofing tips. Whether our tips are new or review for you, let us share a few of the things that have worked best for us over the years.
Quick Guide to Rat-Proofing Your Home:
- Seal all entry points, particularly foundational cracks and floorboard holes. Rats will use these as initial entry points, and will also come back to them with a larger colony. Furthermore, rats create many entry points by gnawing on your floor, insulation, or fixtures. Mesh wire, wooden boards, and other sealants are common.
- Never leave food in the open, or in unsecured containers. Rats feed on both human and pet food, and can chew through most standard food bags quickly. They also use human garbage as a food source. Because they spend so much time in filthy areas like dumpsters, their natural diseases such as rat bite and Q fevers are exaggerated.
- Do not use poison or other rat-exterminating sprays. They will kill one or two rats, but eventually others will learn not to go into the area where the poisons are sprayed. Additionally, killing the rats you see will not guarantee others will not invade your home. Ask Critter Control about our exclusion methods, instead.
- Do not attempt to trap or remove a rat on your own; they will bite if cornered or provoked. Additionally, do not let your cat or rat-catching dog deal with an infestation alone. Your pet could easily become contaminated.