What does a rat’s nest look like?
Rats’ nests look similar to other small animal nests or bird nests. They will collect materials to shred, pile, and weave to create a comfy and cozy little nest. Rats can be pretty resourceful and use a wide variety of materials to build their nests. You may find nests constructed with paper, wood, fabric, insulation, Styrofoam, and cotton stuffing from stuffed animals or your furniture.
There are some common areas that rats like to build their nests. Anywhere that is safe, warm, and near food and water is ideal. Hiring a rat pest control in London for pest inspection may give you a hint for rat-proofing solutions, the need for bait stations, and overall how to control rats.
Here are a few common spots for rats to build their nests.
- Storage spaces
Rats love to build nests in pantries, garages, sheds, and any other space that you may use for storage. These spots are attractive to rats because they are generally undisturbed areas where they can find safety for their nests and a nearby food supply, whether that’s your food or even your pet’s food; if it is out, they will eat it.
Aside from providing food and safety, storage spaces can also offer material to build nests, like cardboard, paper, wood, and any other soft fabric that they can shred.
If you find gnawing in an area with fresh droppings, it’s possible that a nest is nearby. Grab a flashlight and check out hard-to-reach areas, and you may find a nest. If so, you should contact rat control in London and arrange a pest control service immediately.
- Building foundations
Having cracks and holes on the outside of your house can be an invitation to rats to come on in. There are some rats that will burrow underground, creating nests and tunnels alongside your house’s foundations.
In some cases, these tunnels can lead to structural damage or instability to the foundation of your home, and that is just one reason why a rat infestation can be downright dangerous.
Keep your eyes open for new holes around the foundation of your house. It may be a sign that rats are burrowing into your foundation and causing damage to your home.
Attics are generally secluded with little to no activity from people or other animals. Making it the perfect area to build nests. Rats can set up their nests and be undisturbed while coming down to your home during the night to gather food.
Monitoring your attic for rats is essential and could save you from a full-blown rat infestation.
- Inside walls and ceilings
Rats can easily access your walls and ceilings through holes outside of your house or from the attic. Giving them ample space to build nests and grow their families. Cavity walls are especially attractive. They provide soft material to build nests and are usually close to a food source within your home.
You may be in for a surprise when you move old furniture or cabinets and find a rat nest. Even furniture in your garden is susceptible to rats’ nests.
If you have a cabinet or old furniture that provides the perfect nesting material and isn’t disturbed, then you have an attractive spot for rats to build a nest. Keeping an eye out for signs of rats around your old furniture will let you know if you have a rat or two moving in. Look for gnaw marks, fresh droppings, and food in the area.
There are many spots in your garden that are inviting to rats. If you have shrubs, trees, woodpiles, or a lot of debris in general in your garden, a rat will be attracted to your garden and may build a nest. Outdoor ponds and water features are also enticing for a rat.
Keeping your garden well maintained and removing food sources are great deterrents for rats.
How many rats are in one nest?
Typically, one nest will have 5 to 10 rats living in it. Sometimes, a little less if the nest is new or more if there has been a litter recently.
Sometimes rats will build their nests close to each other creating colonies of rats. A colony of rats can be as big as 100 rats if sufficient food and water are available.
What to do if you find a rat’s nest
Call a rat control service specialist if you think you have a rat infestation or have found a nest or two. Dealing with rats and handling their nests need to be done with care and by a professional. Handling and removing wild animals should be left to a professional to ensure you don’t get bitten or sick from being in contact with the rats and their nests.
One of the most effective methods to stop rats from gaining access to your home or business through your drains is to have a protective guard over any openings of external drains. Installing a protective guard to a pipe opening will stop rats from squeezing into the pipe and gaining access to your property.
Having a specialist assess your property and provide the best preventative measures would be a good idea.
You could also have a sewage drain flap or also called rat valve installed to the end of your pipes, which will allow waste to pass through but close up and stop any rodents from entering your home.
Your toilet bowl is another entry point for rats. Closing the toilet lid will stop them from entering your home or business. Imagine the shock if you lift the toilet lid to find a rat swimming in the toilet bowl, though.
Swimming through a toilet pipe is an easy task for a rat determined to gain entry to your property. Having a non-return valve installed will stop the rodents from swimming up your toilet and into your home or business.
Another thing to consider when trying to get rid of rats is to keep your food sources in containers and cleaned them up to prevent the smell from attracting any rats or other pests. Feeding your animals outside, not to mention bird feeders, is another factor in attracting rats. They will be attracted to your pet’s food and may enter your drains looking for more food.
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