They may go largely unseen by humans, but rats pose a serious problem for buildings, homes, and people if they are not addressed promptly. Not only is their waste an unsanitary breeding ground for bacteria, but rats will chew on anything in sight to keep their teeth trimmed to an appropriate length. They often tear up electrical wiring and attic insulation in an effort to collect nest-building materials.
What can you do to get rid of rats in your home or office?
Find the Infestation
A rat’s priorities are finding a location to build a nest and having easy access to food. A rat’s nesting location will often smell strongly of urine and feces, so follow your nose to discover where they’re holed up. If there are holes in your roof soffits or gaps in your home’s siding, the area within could be inhabited by rats.
Put Out Traps in High-Traffic Areas
After you have an idea of where the majority of your rat infestation is located, you can start placing your traps. By laying traps in the areas surrounding the infestation, you greatly increase your chances of trapping the offending rodents.
Seal Off Potential Entrances and Exits
The best way to get rid of rats is to make sure they can’t enter in the first place. By sealing up potential entry points around your home or office, you’ll help discourage rat activity while simultaneously saving money on:
- Costs associated with repairing rat-related damage
- Having to replace your home’s insulation due to rats using it as nesting material
- Heating and cooling costs in your home
- Replacing attic floors and walls due to damage from rat waste
- Possible medical costs associated with the unsanitary conditions rats can introduce into a home or office
Allow Critter Control to Help
Though setting up rat traps seems like a simple enough process, it takes a trained professional to get the most out of them. Hiring the services of the expert technicians at Critter Control® of Tampa is the most effective way to get rats out of your home or office. To learn more about our professional rat removal services, or to schedule a consultation, call us today at 813.948.0870.