Do you know that a rat’s teeth continue to grow throughout its lifetime?
This is why rats tend to chew up a lot of things in your home to keep their teeth in check. Rats are capable of invading a lot of buildings and can cause serious problems to the health of both your family and home. They spread diseases, contaminate your food, destroy insulation and spark fires by chewing on your electrical wiring. Rats pose a pretty potent threat to your health as well as the health of your pets. Common diseases that are carried by rats include Salmonella, Weil’s disease, Ecoli and TB. Rats are also hosts to fleas, mites and ticks and can cause allergic reactions. Any rat problem on your property must be taken care of immediately on your own or with the help of residential pest control services.
Here are 4 tips that will help you with rodent control in your home:
Place Poisonous Traps Out of Your Family’s Reach
Place your traps in rat prone areas that are out of your children’s and pets reach as rats usually avoid traps that humans have touched. Check up on your traps on a regular basis as mold grows on old bait and dirty trap surfaces, especially in moist conditions. Dead rats attract beetles, flies and other equipment.
Make Your Home Rat-Proof
The root cause of your rodent problem is probably how the rodents are able to infiltrate your home. It’s impossible to keep the rodents out if there is an abundant food source available to them in the form of pet dishes, outdoor trash and just regular food in your kitchen, especially if it is unguarded which makes it all the easier for them.
Rats fear and dislike certain odors. Rats hate certain smells like minty and citrusy scents so try using some essential oils like spearmint and peppermint. Soak a few cotton balls in whichever of these scents you find preferable and place them all over your home.
Apart from using essential oils, rats also fear the smell of their natural predators so you can use their specially formulated scent or buy powder that bothers rats a lot with its smell.
Make sure to keep your home clean and germ free. Leaving food lying around will attract rats whose keen sense of smell will draw them to your home like a beacon. Always make sure that you store your food properly, out of their reach.
I hope these 4 tips are useful in helping you in making your home a rat free zone.