How To Keep Rats Away From Your Chattanooga Property
October 15, 2021 - Rodents
Everyone reacts differently to finding pests inside their home. Usually, this reaction depends on the size of the pest. For instance, small flies are more likely to elicit an annoyed response rather than one of fear. On the other hand, Rats regularly cause people to scream, jump, and run from rooms. Why? Because they are universally known as dangerous pests. Here are some things to consider today to help you better understand why rats invade Chattanooga properties and keep them off yours.
The Reason Rats Invade Homes
Rats do not like living out in the wild or often have trouble finding enough food, water, and shelter to be comfortable. Do you know where these pests can find enough food, water, and shelter to be happy? Inside of our homes. The question is, how do rats find out how awesome our living areas are? Most often, these pests wander inside, not aware of the amazing things they will find. Other times rats are drawn in by a good smell or a breeze of cool or warm air. Regardless of what initially allures these pests to a property, what is inside makes them stick around.
How Rats Find Their Way Into Homes
Of all the pests that live in our area, rats are one of the most adept at invading properties when they want to. These pests are agile, allowing them to access rooflines and unprotected chimneys to get indoors. They can also squeeze their bodies through small openings such as cracks, gaps, and holes found in the exterior of properties. Finally, if a hole is not big enough, rats have sharp and strong teeth, which they may use to widen entry points. If you didn’t know, a rat can chew through wood, plastic, vinyl siding, soft concrete, and aluminum siding.
The Danger Of Having Rats Inside
Before we discuss some prevention tips to keep rats out of your home, we think it is valuable that you know what problems these pests bring into living areas. To start, rats are carriers of disease. They spread disease through their fecal matter and urine, as well as off their bodies. Rats are also hosts to fleas, ticks, and mites. These smaller pests also carry and spread disease, both to animals and people.
How To Prevent Rats
To make sure rats stay out of your home, you need to do two things: seal your home’s exterior and remove attractants that draw these pests indoors. Do this with these helpful prevention tips:
- Use some liquid cement or a caulking gun to fill in holes, cracks, and gaps in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Repair broken or improperly installed weatherstripping, door and window screens, also door sweeps.
- Address leaky piping, eliminate sources of water build-up and make sure your gutters are in good working condition.
- Store leftover food inside airtight containers and make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
- Reduce the clutter in and around your home.
Why You Should Consider Professional Rat Control
If you are here today looking for an answer to your home’s current rat problems, we are here to help. We are also here to help if you are looking for a long-term rodent control option to keep these pests away at Perfect Blend Pest Solutions.
We take good care of our clientele, providing detailed inspections to identify pest pressures and offering affordable pest control options to handle a wide range of invasive species. Call us today to schedule your Chattanooga property for a detailed inspection to see if rats are or are going to be a problem for you.