Have You Found Rats In Your Home? Rats are one of the most common household pests, and they can find their way into your home in many different ways. Understanding how rats enter homes can help you identify potential entry points and take action to prevent an infestation.
The most common way rats get into homes is through openings in the exterior walls or foundation. These gaps can be as small as the size of a quarter, and rats can squeeze their way through with ease. Cracks or holes in wood, plastic, and metal can also provide an entry point for rats to get inside. Rats can also gain access to a home by climbing up pipes, wires, or tree branches that touch the building.
Rats Can Squeeze Through Tiny Spaces!
Once inside, rats can make their way into your home through vents, chimneys, and other tiny openings. Rats can even enter through wet or damaged walls, as well as unscreened windows, doors, rotted wood, and other openings.
In addition to these physical entry points, rats can also be attracted to your home by food sources. Food left out on counters, in trash cans, or in pet food dishes can draw hungry rats into your home. Cluttered spaces and piles of debris can also provide ideal nesting spots for rats.
To prevent rats from entering your home, be sure to inspect the outside of your home for any potential entry points. Because of a rat’s ability to squeeze through small spaces, be sure to seal off any cracks or gaps in your foundation or walls, and repair any damaged siding or roofing. Make sure any vents, chimneys, and windows are properly screened and secure. To reduce the chances of a rat infestation, also be sure to keep your home clean and free of clutter. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
If you find signs of rats in your home, it’s important to take action quickly to prevent an infestation. Call Apex Wildlife Control today to inspect your home and develop a plan to eliminate the problem. Taking steps to identify potential entry points and keeping your home clean and clutter-free can help keep rats out of your home for good!
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