Rat removal | how do I get rid of rats?
on Friday, June 07, 2013 by Terminix
If you’ve seen any signs of a rat infestation on your property, you’re in need of rat removal. Rats are well-adapted to living with people and are active year-round. They can cause damage to property, pose a threat to people and pets and contaminate food supplies. If you are a homeowner striving to protect your home, spotting even one rat should be reason enough to seek rat removal services.
How to spot an infestation
If there are rats in your yard or garden, in all likelihood it’s only a matter of time before they try to make their way into your home. You may have a rat problem if any of the following statements are true:
- You’ve seen rat droppings on your property
- Your pet has brought you a rat carcass
- You’ve seen rats on your fence or running along utility lines
- You’ve seen evidence of rat nests in your firewood stack or garage
- Fruit or nuts that have fallen from your trees appear to have been gnawed by rodents
Rat removal tips
Rats need only a fraction of an inch to get into your home. In addition to sealing the cracks and crevices in the exterior of your home, keep ¼th inch hardware cloth over attic, foundation and turbine vents. Keeping branches and shrubbery trimmed away from the roof and house, picking up fruit that falls into your yard, closing garbage cans tightly and stacking firewood away from the exterior of your home will also help deter rats from entering.
Once rats have invaded your home, the use of traps can be an effective way to eradicate them. The use of baits is also an option, but once rats ingest the poison, there is a chance they’ll die inside your walls or other hard to reach spaces, creating an unpleasant odor.
A pest control service is the best option for rat removal
Eliminating a rat infestation from your home requires a considerable amount of effort, which is why it’s a smart move to seek the help of a company that specializes in pest and rodent control services. The trained technicians at Terminix® have the knowledge and skills to identify the problem and then utilize effective methods to eradicate rodents in a manner that is safe for your family and pets.
Contact your local Terminix branch to get a free estimate of the cost for rat control solutions in your area. They also provide guaranteed protection against 27 of the worst kinds of pests. Call 1.866.766.7628 or visit Terminix.com today to learn more about pest control.
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