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How to Get rid of Rats in your Home

Are rats invading your home? Learn how you can prevent a potential rat infestation from becoming a real problem.

Rats can find their way into the home environment through the smallest cracks or openings that lead into the building. Do you think you might have a rat problem? Learn how to spot the signs of a rat infestation. 

Trust the Rentokil pest control experts to provide you with advice on how to spot the signs of a rat infestation and to provide rat control methods to prevent rats from becoming a problem in your home.

Tips on How to Get Rid of Rats

What helps to get rid of rats in the home? In order to eliminate these pesky critters before they become a problem, one must first understand how they gain access to your home and what it is that may be attracting them. Firstly, it is important to seal any openings through which rats can enter, and secondly to ensure that there is no food or food residue lying around that may be attractive to rats.

Get rid of rats by checking your home for any possible entryways:

Seal entryways to prevent rats from entering the home
  • Door fissures: rats are able to squeeze through holes and door gaps of a mere 1 cm! To get rid of rats, doors or gates should be equipped with bristle strips or rubber lips.
  • Cracks and joints: seal windows, doors and air vents with a stable grid of small mesh, ensuring that the size is no larger than 18mm.
  • Damage in the drain area: it is important to act immediately as soon as damaged drain facilities are noticed. To keep rats away, water pipes can be secured with metal bars. Damaged drain pipes that reach the surface of the basement should be sealed as soon as possible. Seal penetrations through walls and ceilings
  • Penetrations through walls and ceilings: openings should be sealed with mineral wool or fine-meshed wire netting as well as sealed with cement mortar. The closure with metal sheets, especially at openings of wood walls and ceilings, is another way to get rid of rats in your home.
  • Lift shafts: lift shafts may represent potential rat infestation areas in buildings. Rats can easily climb the cables, guide rails or tubes within lift shafts. The drive motor space offers rats a relatively undisturbed area for nesting.
  • Backwater valves in toilets: By installing backwater valves in drainage systems, the entry of rats can be prevented.

Get rid of rats by following basic housekeeping principles

Keep househould refuse in closed bins

  • Food and food residues should be disposed of so as not to attract rats. Store food in plastic or metal containers and regularly clean under cookers and fridges.
  • Outdoors: Ensure household refuse is kept in closed bins, do not put meat into compost heaps and use squirrel-proof bird feeders. Also look out for holes in the ground nearby.

Store away pet food in containers

  • Keep outdoor doors closed: Doors to the garden or yard should be closed consistently, especially in the winter months.
  • Pets and rats: The food tastes of dogs, cats, and birds are similar to those of rats. Larger containers of pet food should be stored and locked away. Also keep in mind that feeding pigeons in can also attract rats.

Refer the section on rat control products you can use (such as rat traps and bait) to get rid of rats in your home. Remember, it is important to follow the instructions carefully for safe and effective use and to ensure humane rat control. Rat traps are very powerful and should never be used in areas that children, pets and wildlife can reach.

While good housekeeping and sealing of entryways can help to stop rats before they become a problem in your home, a rat infestation can quickly escalate and get out of hand. It is important to seek professional rat control solutions from our pest control specialists and seek advice on how to get rid of rats.

Email us or call us on +256 414 287 160 / +256 414 694 494 for a professional rodent control solution that will get rid of rats on your premises.