How Do You Stop a Rat Infestation?

Because rats are nocturnal and like to stay hidden, you may not even know you have a problem until it’s already way out of control. Due to the amount of damage rats cause and the health risks they pose, it’s imperative you call a trained technician from Critter Control® of Tampa right away. We know how to get rid of rat infestations quickly and efficiently and keep them from coming back.

Warning Signs

If you think you may have rats invading your home or business, look for these common signs:

  • Rat droppings and urine near food packages, inside drawers or cupboards, and underneath the sink
  • Materials used for nesting, including shredded paper, fabric, moss, attic insulation
  • Chew marks on food packaging
  • Entry holes through walls and floors
  • Unpleasant odors coming from hidden areas
  • Torn attic insulation
  • Damaged electrical wiring

Prevention Tips

To help discourage rats from being attracted to your property, there are steps you can take such as:

  • Eliminating possible food and water sources as well as anything that provides rats with shelter
  • Removing bird feeders from the yard or garden area
  • Sealing all possible entry holes leading from the outside of the building to the inside
  • Keeping food in airtight containers
  • Removing potential nesting sites around your property such as leaf and compost piles
  • Making sure your garbage cans are tightly sealed
  • Keeping up with needed building repairs and maintenance
  • Trimming back tree branches and removing anything rats can use to climb onto your roof

Following these tips will help you to address any future rat problems, but first, you’ll need to make sure you completely get rid of your current rat infestation. Hiring the professionals from Critter Control® of Tampa will ensure that the rats are removed humanely, and your property is taken care of correctly to keep them from coming back. While we do our best to relocate the animals we remove, it is illegal to relocate rodents and is simply not feasible. If you have any questions regarding our rat removal practices, please call us today at 813.948.0870 to set up a free animal entry home inspection.