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12 Oct. 17

Help Centre: Rats & Other Vermin; How To Prevent Them Accessing Your Home

Rats and other such vermin are common pests that are considered to be a nuisance and are capable of damaging many properties as well as transmitting various diseases to pets and humans. Their chewing habits are destructive, and their dirty behaviour can endanger the structure of your buildings. However, rats are secretive; they are not visible to humans when populations are low in their environment. Therefore, it can be difficult to confirm an infestation.

How Rats and Other Vermin Get Into Your Home and Access Your Property

Before you can control the infestation of vermin in your home, you must discover how rats and other vermin enter and access your property. If you do not detect and seal these openings permanently; your rat and vermin problem will never disappear. It is essential that you thoroughly inspect your building and find every open area where rats and other vermin might enter.

Rat behavioural and structure knowledge is the key. Rats can enter incredibly small regions. Even rats that are too big can slip almost like a needle into the gaps and holes – that is unbelievable. They can fit into a square hole or a 3/4 inch hole! They can inhabit small corners of the house, ceiling walls, crawl space, and attics and access your home in many different ways. Through soffit vents, ridge caps, AC chases, crawl open space on the ground floor, tubes from entry port, where the electric cables come in, crawl space vents at a lower surface, gable vents, original gullies for the old kitchen sink, roof joints and so on.

Rats can access any hole large enough to allow their skull to pass through; these might be much smaller than what you would expect with the appearance of the rat, they can chew the walls. They are experts in climbing building walls and roofs. They can even swim and enter through the short pipe shares filled with water.

What Attracts Rats And Other Vermin To Your Home And Property?

Many people often think of what attracts rats and other vermin to their property. Rats are not free spirits but simple creatures with simple wishes. Unfortunately for us, this desire can often be met depending on the environment of the property. It is useful to know what can attract rats and other vermin to your home.

Waste Food, Garbage Cans, and Even Pet Food

It provides food that supports any life, and we all look for it: food! Rats and other vermin have different diets when eating; they can consume almost everything that is edible – whether they are raw, cold, dirty items and so on.

Ripe Fruit and Vegetables in the Lawn and the Garden

Abundant gardens can invite rats and other vermin infestation. Fruits that fall from trees or garden vegetables are one of the perfect sources of food; rats can nest in your crawlspace and access your home and destroy your property.

Overlaid Residential Areas and Rugged Lawns

The terrible nature of rats makes a dirty environment with weeds or tall grass and ideal home. Rodents can remain protected and invisible under these conditions, and also make them more comfortable, which gives them less of a reason to leave.

How Rats and Other Vermin Use the Drainage System to Access Your Home and Damaged Property

Damaged or incorrect drainage is one way for rats to get access to your property which can result in damages to your property; permanent noise; cause your home to stink of dead rats or their urine, and in some cases, they can even cause fires. There are many health risks associated with rats and other vermin with their spread of disease, and this is very common in most cases.

Rats will find their way from faulty drainage systems that are based on the foundations of your homes, empty walls and also destroy your property. Once rats and other vermin have access to the drainage system, they can move around your house and damage your home and head to the attic. Drainage system damage such as cleaved joints, broken pipes, and excess joints allow rats to access the drainage system and enter your homes or property. Incorrect drainage systems in extensions and conservatories can also enable rats and other vermin to access your property.

Here Are Some Ways To Keep The Rat From Entering Your Home.

Secure Your Food

To eliminate rats, the first step to take is to seal any exposed food in the kitchen and put any leftovers away. Cereals and rice, for example, should be stored in metal or glass containers with lids but not plastic as rodents can leave gnaw marks on them. Even dog or cat food should be completely sealed.

Inspect the Insulation

Insulation is vital in covering the cracks and protecting your home and property, mostly in the attic and crawl space. However, over time, insulation can be insufficient to block rats and other pests. Block every weak point of your home with foam insulation and other useful materials that will prevent the entry of the rats and other vermin into your home and property.

Always Block All Ventilation Holes

The vents allow fresh air into your home, especially in your attic and ceiling. However, this does not mean that they have to enable rats inside your homes to destroy your property. Protect all exterior openings areas with a screen and a good seal so that no rat and other vermin will get access to enter your house.

Always Protect Your Drainage System Pipes

If your drainage system or HVAC system in your home use pipes that leak out, check if they have the proper protection. The ideal solution is to bury those pipe under the ground in the canalisation channel. Do not give rat’s easy access to your home and property.

De-cluttering the house is a good idea to keep any pests from sheltering. Seal or block any entry holes into the house. Some people prefer to buy ultra-sonic devices that repel rodents. These devices work by transmitting a high pitched noise through electricity to annoy rodents and are an effective method to keep the pests away. This sound cannot be heard by the human ear and will not cause any problems to your domestic pets. It will usually take up to three days to completely repel the rats.