1. Find entry points or a.k.a rat proofing
A good starting point is to seal up all places of entry for these rodents. Give your home a thorough inspection from top to bottom, inside and out. Rats only need ½ an inch to gain access to your home. Any cracks or holes you come across are required to be sealed up.
Using steel wool is an excellent idea. Rats are not likely to chew through the steel wool and will stop them from gaining access to your home. It would be a good idea to do home inspections regularly to ensure that no new holes or cracks have opened up access to your home.
2. SET TRAPS
This might be your first thought in ridding your home of rats. Traps can be very effective; some thought needs to be put into what traps you are using and where you are placing these traps. Figuring out where these rats are frequenting, it won’t be hard to pinpoint these areas.
If you keep finding rat droppings in the same spots or notice certain things are being chewed up, it would be good to place the traps in those areas.Next, you need to decide which traps suit you best for your pest problem. Are you willing to deal with dead rats or live rats to release away from your home?
3. A CAT CAN ALWAYS BE USEFUL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST RATS IN THE PROPERTY
It’s not recommended to get a cat solely for the purpose of rat control and, of course, if that will cause any allergic reactions. They have needs that need to be met. However, if you have been thinking about getting a feline friend, now would be the time. Rats will bypass a house that smells of cats, and if a rat decides to be brave and enter your home, your cat will be eagerly waiting for it.
If getting a cat is something you cannot do, you could ask a friend who owns a cat for some used kitty litter and place it around the entry points of the rat. As gross as that is, these animal tracks will make the rats think a cat lives in this home, and they will scurry away quickly
Don’t let the name fool you, while mothballs are excellent for keeping moths away from your stored clothes. They are also excellent rat repellents. Spread some mothballs around your basement, attic, and at any entry points to deter rats and rid your home of unwanted house guests. Keep in mind that mothballs are poisonous, so when placing them around the house use gloves, and find places that aren’t accessible to children and pets.
5. Store food properly
Ensure that anywhere you eat food in your home, you clean up all the food from the area and store it away properly. Including snacks in bed or the living room, crumbs, or dirty dishes will attract rats as will improperly stored food in the kitchen. Ensuring your food is stored in thick plastic or glass containers so rats can’t chew through to your food.
Remove produce off the counter and store in your fridge or sealed plastic containers. Pet food should be stored in sealed containers as well. With no access to food, the rats will have no choice but to move on from your house as a side effect and no reason to be drawn into your home in the first place.
6. CLEAN UP CLUTTER
If you find your home is overrun with clutter or even just the basement or attic, you have created a safe haven for rats to seek shelter and safety to build their nests. Cleaning up any overly cluttered areas will make your home unattractive to rats since they won’t feel safe in a tidy home. Leaving them nowhere to hide or build nests, they will move on from your home.
7. Use natural scents to repel rats
Using oils and spices to get rid of rats is a natural approach to rid your home of these rodents. Placing oils or spices strategically around your home will stop the rats from entering your home at all or send rats running in the other direction if you currently have a rat problem. Place these oils near entry points, spots that rat frequent, and near any nests, you have found.
Oils and spices that repel rats are:
· Peppermint oil
· Bay leaves
· Castor oil
HOW TO PREVENT A RAT INFESTATION FROM REOCCURRING
Once you have the rat infestation cleaned up, the last thing you want is to have another infestation. Taking some precautions can make your home unattractive to rodents and keep them moving past your home.
Some things you can do to prevent rats from making a cozy home in your home:
- Clean up the clutter in your home.
- Regularly and properly dispose of garbage.
- Store food properly, including leftovers, and clean up after cooking in your kitchen and after cooking on outside grills.
- Keep your garden clean and tidy.
- Do not feed the birds, squirrels, or pets outside.
- Inspect your home regularly for holes or cracks and fix them right away.
Keeping rats out of your home can be a lot of work but making your home unsafe for them with no food or water sources will go a long way with keeping your home rodent-free.
If you are really struggling, you can always call in a professional pest control company to help you get rid of rats.