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How To Get Rid Of Rats On Irving Properties

November 15, 2021 - Rats

If you’re having a problem with rats on your Irving property, chances are you aren’t sure how to completely rid yourself of this rodent. Understanding rat behavior and proper prevention methods are the best way to handle these pests.

Understanding Rats And Their Risks

In the Irving area, among other pests, there are two main types of rats that you may encounter – Norway rats and roof rats. Norway rats tend to have brownish-grey coats and grow larger than roof rats which sport a distinct black coat of fur. And while Norway rats prefer to live in moist or areas such as sewers, basements, and crawl spaces, roof rats live up to their name and make their homes in attics or ceilings.

Throughout the centuries, rats have evolved alongside humans to the point where they now depend on humans to survive. Rodents are especially skilled in scavenging food, water, and shelter from around human structures, making them hard to prevent and harder to get rid of. They easily adapt to living alongside humans and are experts in slipping through holes as small as a quarter to access your property.

Many problems can arise from hosting rats in your home, including the destruction of property. Rats can and will chew through materials such as cinder blocks, bricks, wood, and electrical wiring, causing serious problems and costly repairs. 

Additionally, rats are known carriers for many dangerous diseases like hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, salmonellosis, and tularemia. Not only can these illnesses be spread by contact with rats, but you can also contract diseases through contact with the urine and feces they leave behind; a major problem when rats break into your food storage areas and contaminate your supplies.

Rats may also bring parasites into your house, like fleas, ticks, and mites, which can develop into infestations of their own and cause other major problems.

Preventing Rats On Your Property

In order to keep rats away from your property, there are a few tips that you can follow. However, keep in mind that the safest and most effective way to handle an ongoing rat infestation is to contact the pest professionals at Legacy Pest & Wildlife. Our experts will find the source of your rat problem and completely remove all rodents from your home, allowing you to live without fear of diseases, destruction, or food storage contamination.

  • Seal up any potential entryways around your house to keep rats out, including gaps and cracks in windows, doors, the roof, and the foundation. Use a chew-proof material like steel wool or hard cement. You may also want to invest in a chimney cap to stop rats from entering this way.
  • Make sure to seal all food waste and trash tightly. You should dispose of waste in tightly sealed trash cans and refrain from leaving out dirty dishes, leftover food, or food and liquid spills. The aroma of food and trash is a major rat attractant, so eliminating the odor will help to deter rodents from your property.
  • Keep your yard clear of debris, especially organic debris like fallen fruit, and keep your grass trimmed low to stop rats from entering your property in search of food and eliminate outdoor hiding spots.