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FACTS AND INFORMATION ABOUT RATS FROM ONTARIO'S LEADING PEST CONTROL COMPANY.

Do you hear scampering and scratching noises at night time? Are your food packages being chewed through? These might be the signs of a rat infestation! Other signs include droppings and urine, burrows or holes in and around foundation walls, or tracks on dusty surfaces. Because rats breed very quickly, getting rid of rats can be an especially difficult problem.

A rat is larger than a mouse and can weigh up to 0.5 kilograms (1 pound). The Norway rat and the roof rat look similar, but their habits are different. The Norway rat builds elaborate systems of tunnels and burrows at ground level. It prefers damp areas such as crawl spaces or building perimeters. The roof rat is an agile climber and prefers to live in trees, vines and other dense vegetation. It will infest attics, rafters or roofs, and upper stories of buildings.

Why Is It a Rat Problem?

Rats are notorious carriers of disease, and can damage property. Rats can chew through walls and electrical wiring, which could potentially lead to serious circuitry issues or electrical fires

How to Get Rid of Rats?

Getting rid of rats is a difficult task, but the best way to stop an infestation is to take the proper preventative measures. Here are some of the best tips for how to get rid of rats in the house.

Prevention

  • Rodent-proof your structure.
  • The most effective prevention is to eliminate easy entry points. Rats can enter through a hole as small as a quarter.
  • Use metal weather stripping under doors, and weather strip windows.
  • Patch existing cracks in foundations.
  • Stuff copper Stuff-it or Extruder sealing products around pipes before caulking or plastering.
  • Cover dryer vents, attic vents or soffits with fine mesh metal screening.

Make your home less appealing to rats

  • Remove harborage and nesting sites around your property.
  • Weeds and tall grass close to your property should be maintained regularly.
  • Make sure your garbage containers have secure, tight-fitting lids.
  • Place all woodpiles away from the house. Raise woodpiles about 30 centimeters (1 ft) off the ground.
  • Keep your compost bins clear of fatty or oily food waste, eggs, or milk products.
  • Use a layer of heavy metal mesh between the soil and the bottom of the compost bin
  • Eliminate water sources such as leaky taps, sweating pipes and open drains.
  • Store dry food or dry pet foods in glass containers instead of original packaging, and keep your kitchen clean.

RAT CONTROL & INFESTATION EXTERMINATION

Environmental Pest Control uses safe integrated pest management solutions for killing & getting rid of rats. We offer exceptional treatment services and can kill rats around your home, apartment building and commercial property.

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