3 Things You Need To Know About Preventing Or Eliminating Rat Infestations
Have you recently discovered that there is a rodent infestation in your neighborhood? Do you want to prevent a horde of rats from moving into your home? Even if you already have a small family of rats in your home, all is not lost. While it's not always easy to keep rats out or just get rid of them after they find their way into your home, it's not an impossible task either. There are things that can make the whole process easier and more effective than it might otherwise be. Some things that you should know that can make things easier include:
Poisons: While poison is a popular method of rat control, it's less than ideal. A rat that has been poisoned isn't going to die immediately. Due to the way rat poisons work, it may walk around for hours or days before succumbing to the poison. When it does finally die, it may do so within your walls where the body can't be removed. The body will then decay, releasing an unpleasant odor while it does. On the other hand, the weakened rat may be caught by owls, hawks, and even stray cats with the potential injury or death of the other animal as a possible result. Other methods are going to be safer and more effective than using poison.
Barriers: Although rats can chew through a wide variety of materials, adding extra barriers to potential entry paths can be an effective means of rat control. It works similarly to how a strong lock may not prevent 100% of burglaries but it's going to keep all but the most determined thieves out of your home. With the help of a professional exterminator, go around the exterior of your home and look for potential entryways into your home. All such holes should be filled with steel wool, covered with wire mesh, and then either caulked or plastered over if possible. This will deter most rats from trying to seek entry into your home.
Live traps: Although live traps are touted as being a more humane method of rat control than quick-kill traps, they can actually be quite cruel. A rat that is kept in such a cage for too long may start to eat parts of itself or any other rats that happen to be trapped with it. Once released, rats can usually find their way back unless you take them many miles away from your home. However, if you do that, the rat will likely either die a slow death due to being unable to find food or water or it will simply become food for the local wildlife. If you want to prevent suffering, it's going to be quicker and more humane to allow your exterminator to set up kill traps around your home instead of attempting live traps.