Where do rats live?

Whenever you’ve found a rat or mice in your home, you always wonder where it might have come from. It is pretty common, for any animal that comes to your house, to be looking for food, water, and shelter. These are the main requirements for them to be able to linger around your house. However, they all have different plans, as finding a place can take time, but when they find it, it is very difficult to remove them.

As of where to find them, their favourite places to nest can be scattered around the house. There are different places such as:


Dark places are the first locations to attract these rodents as they tend to go out in search for food during nighttime. Not only that, but generally heaters are there, so it keeps the whole space warm enough for them, so it is not a problem for them to live in. Also, in those places there’s usually many pipes where they can move easily in dimly lit spaces. Boxes, crates, and bags can serve as a base for their nests, as these are areas that are not usually used.


As basements, attics are places where you can store different materials, ornaments and just boxes filled with things we do not want or do not know what to do with. These types of spaces are not commonly used and gather dust, filth and things that may be of use for rats to build their nests. In terms of the warmth, they can’t complain since they are usually cosy and comfortable, for rats, not for humans.


Some of your walls can also be part of their nests. Holes can allow them to enter and get food from the different places around. Some wiring can also be their source of food, damaging most of the electrical structure of your home, which can be a risk since a short circuit can cause a lot of trouble throughout the wall cavities.


Having gaps around the door can also incite rodents to come inside, specially when you know that garages tend to be very dark. Moreover, there can be food stored there as some people like, leaving the rodents with a permanent food supply.


These types of areas can store many materials that can be used by them to start building their nests. They are not going to get noticed as the smell or fertilizer can camouflage their smell and serve as nesting ground, making use of garden twine and old wellies.

Holes in the garden

These are the most common types of nests in houses. They tend to dig ratholes in areas covered with grass, so they can hide from the sun but have access to the outside world where they are going to forage food. And not only that, rubbish bins are mostly placed on the garden grounds, having so a permanent supply of food. Remember that they are omnivores, so they can eat anything, specially foods which are high in carbohydrates.

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