Although it is impossible to guarantee that pests will not get into your home, there are several ways on how to get rid of brown rats.
Following these simple tips will mean that an infestation in your home is unlikely, and you can rest easy knowing that you have tried your best to keep your home pest-free.
When you think of pests, many people think of rats and mice straight away – hiding in cupboards and getting under our feet.
The brown rat, or common rat, is often found both in the town and country but mainly comes out at night. They like a dark, damp environment which is why they are often associated with sewers.
The reason that they are so drawn to our houses is because of their unfussy diet. They are perfectly happy to eat anything put in a bin or left lying around.
Unfortunately, rats do carry diseases such as Leptospirosis otherwise known as Weils Disease which can cause a very high fever, nausea, chills, muscle aches, and vomiting.
Humans can also become ill with food poising if having eaten food exposed to rats.
When rats do enter your home, they may gnaw any electrical wires, pipes or tubes in your house which can cause damage, let alone be dangerous to you or your pets.
To deter rats from coming in your house, there are several things you can do. First, make sure any scraps of food or leftovers are cleared away properly. Leaving them out will not only attract rats but other pests and flies too.
Make sure you take out your rubbish bin regularly as well. By letting it build up, you are creating the perfect environment for rats to come into your house and take a look.
Rats also love to stay out of sight when they make a home. They sometimes like living in bushes and shrubbery near your house so clear away any dead undergrowth near your house.
If you only have a few rats, you can try setting humane rat traps. These lure the pest in and then you can release them outside of your house. Many people prefer this method.
Trim any tree branches at least five feet away from your house and clean your gutters of all debris. Small animals can use the leaves and small twigs that collect for their nests and then it will only be a matter of time before they find their way into your house.
If you have a large infestation, you will most likely need to use chemical poisons. Before you buy anything, it is advisable to contact a pest control specialist.
Some products available on the market are harmful to the environment and might not be the best ones for your particular property.
A pest control company will be able to provide the most suitable products and even get rid of the problem discreetly and professionally for you.