Rats can wreak all sorts of havoc in your home. Unfortunately, many times they are able to hide, leaving you unaware of the problem until it has become a difficult issue to resolve. These rodents not only cause damage to your home, but they can also carry a variety of diseases as well. Thankfully, there are several effective strategies for removing the problem from your home.
Finding the Rats
The first step in solving a rodent problem is determining where they are living in your home. As nocturnal animals, they are active during the night and quiet during the day. This makes it more difficult to find them. You can use the following signs to determine where they are living.
- Sightings of living rats
- Dead rats
- Rat droppings
- Scratching noises at night
- Nests in hidden areas
- Chewed wires and wood
- Burrows in your home, yard, and outbuildings
- Rodent hair
- Unaccountable smudge marks
Trapping the Rats
Traps are an effective and simple means of removing rats from your home. If you are using traps without any bait, you can leave them unchecked for long periods of time. If you are using bait, it will be important to check them regularly as the bait can attract other creatures. It’s important to set the traps where you have seen evidence of rat activity. If you have children or pets in your home, be sure to place the traps in areas in safe locations. Speak with a rodent removal professional about the types of traps available and the best solution for your particular rat problem.
There are a variety of options that you can use for bait in your rat trap including dry pet food, nuts, and dried meat and fruit. Use a string, wire or glue to attach the bait to your trap. Cheese and peanut butter are not as effective as the rats can remove these soft bait options from the trap.
Rodenticide is a chemical designed to kill rats and mice. You can find this type of product at your local hardware store. Be sure to speak with a service professional at the store about your problem and your plan for using the rodenticide product. Read the instructions provided by the manufacturer before using rodenticide. This type of chemical can be extremely dangerous, so it is vital to use properly and place it in safe locations.
If you are in need of rodent removal services in the Frisco, TX area, contact Bug Commander at (214) 307-1933 to schedule an appointment today!