Having rodents in your flat can be an unpleasant experience. They carry diseases and can cause a lot of damage in and around your home. This post has helpful hints for residents of Ellesmereport both for preventing a rat infestation and for pest removal - before it's too late for preventive treatment.
Controlling Rats in The Loft
There are three key areas to proper Rat control:
1. Housekeeping and Cleanliness
2. Building Repair
3. Rat Poofing
Firstly, proper sanitation is necessary to prevent a rat infestation. Diligent housekeeping inside and outside your home will reduce the number of places where rodents can hide. Store pipes, lumber, boxes, gardening tools and other household goods off the floor. Garbage, trash and garden debris should be stored in containers with tight-fitting lids and frequently removed to eliminate potential food sources. Also, if you have an outdoor dog, keep your pet's food in air-tight containers.
Secondly, make the building secure by repairing any holes in the foundation or walls of your home. Using caulk, seal any cracks or openings larger than .5 cm around pipes, electrical wires, drains and vents. Check that doors, screens and windows fit tightly. Metal sheeting and steel wool are excellent for closing gaps, since they can't be chewed through.
Thirdly, if you're an Ellesmereport resident consider hiring a professional rat control company to carry out rodent-proofing! This is essential to keeping your home pest free. Since rodents can climb, make sure to plug holes above ground level. Roof rats are even more difficult to control. If you have these pests in your roof or attic, putting rat traps in the rafters may be the best idea. Below is a list of rat-proofing tips.
1. Make sure all vents have tightly fitting screens.
2. Fit all windows that can be opened with screens that are in good condition.
3. Fit crawl spaces with a tight-fitting screen or cover.
4. Weatherproof the bottom of all doors, including the garage door.
5. Keep garage side-doors shut, especially during the night.
6. Keep all drains covered.
How to detect a Rat Infestation
Rats are active in all seasons, so it is important to constantly keep an eye out for any signs that they are hanging around. Remember, if you find rodents in your garden or yard, it is only a matter of time before you find them in your home. One place where you are likely to find rats in loft is in the attic. Look around for evidence that you have or soon will have a problem. Do you find any rat droppings? Do you see borrows under the plants or vegetables in your garden? Have you found remnants of rat nests under wood piles or in drawers in the garage? Do you see damage caused by rodents gnawing at the corners of your windows or doors? If you answered yes to any of the above then you need to call a Ellesmereport Rat Control company such as ourselves - Youngs Pest Control.
Removal and treatment measures
Even if you follow these rat-proofing techniques, you may need to control the population. Trapping is the most effective and cheapest means of rat control. Rat traps can be placed in just the right spot. Use nuts, dried fruit, or meat as bait. For best results hire a professional Ellesmereport Rat Control company to eliminate your rodent infestation for good!
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