Rat prevention: Tips and tricks

The most horrible sight you can find at home is when you see a rat or a mouse around. This is not only disgusting, but it can have really severe consequences for you, as these rodents have a bunch of diseases that they transmit and catching one of these can be even fatal. Therefore, the prevention is key, since they cannot get around your house if you have followed the different tips we’ll discuss.

Keep your house and yard clean

Remember that rats and mice are attracted by food, and they are going to stay if there is a reliable food and water source. Therefore, there has to be extreme cleanliness around the house and yard for them not to come around.

Remove debris and other objects

When rats and mice see that there are different objects scattered in your yard, they are going to look for a way to make them their shelter. Occasionally, we keep construction materials as wood or other items as compost that can be very attractive for these rodents. They usually dig under them and establish a burrow, which you do not want because then they are going to start mating and elevating their population. Keep you shed, garage and yard clean, or if you can’t just try to elevate these types of materials as high as possible, as rats can’t get to them.

How to get rid of rats

Get rid of the rubbish around the house.

Rubbish is one of the main problems when it comes to having rats and mice around the house. They are attracted to food and having that around your house is not safe. Remember that they can gnaw away different types of materials, so it doesn’t matter if it is in a can, they can go through it and get what they want. It is easy for them to crawl and jump around, they can do it as high as half a meter. Getting rid of the rubbish as soon as you throw it away is the best idea to keep them away. Do not leave it for a long time. The more time it is left outside, the more curious they are and the more prone to eat it they are.

Seal entry holes

Rats and mice are always looking around for a way to enter your home. Some of them are minimal, and they can enter through little holes in your door, backyard, walls, etc. It is better to keep the most important points in your house safe. Water can make wood soft, and bugs can eat through it, so rats might exploit this and find a way to enter.

You have to do a thorough inspection of your home, checking all the places and parts where you think rats might enter, and seal all the holes with materials they can’t easily gnaw away. They can be caulked or steel wood. Do not forget to check pipes, they can easily get inside through them as they are not scared of water.

Buy plants that act as deterrent

Rats have sharp senses, so when you mess with one of them, they might not want to go to your property again. One of these natural deterrents is mint. Planting mint around your garden and backyard can make them stay away since they avoid it. Not only that, but if you combine this with pepper oil, this is going to help you more. Even a dried mint leaf can work.

Clean your house whenever you cook

The smell is something that rats have developed. They know where to find food as they have a keen sense of smell, which doesn’t work in our favour. If you have any leftover food, make sure it is disposed of, and taken away as soon as possible. Even your kitchen counters need to be clean.

Furthermore, as we said before, it is good if you get rid of the rubbish as soon as you are done with it. Keeping it in the house attracts, not only rodents, but other pests too.

Get a pet

If you are having trouble with rats or mice, having a cat is the best deterrent possible. They are going to help you get rid of them as they are their natural predators and their scent comes off, making them go away. You can put it in the yard or inside the house, and it will work. Every so often, you can also find cat litter and put it in different locations to make sure rats are all gone.

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