How Do I Get Rid Of Rats
I’ve got rats in my house! Great! Rats are a very common problem in the United States, and all across the world.
In fact, there are entire industries dedicated to getting rid of rats. While there are different types of rats, and different problem areas, we are going to talk about getting rid of roof rats.
Roof Rats, Also known as black rats, are probably the most common problem for homes and restaurants. Named because of how well they can climb (and enter your home through the roof), they carry disease, cause damage to your home or business, and they’re just plain gross.
Because home construction varies greatly depending on the age of the home, type of roof, and your regional location, I’m just going to talk about some of the more common problem areas I see on buildings here in Florida.
What Do I Look For?
When inspecting your home for entry points, start by walking around the perimeter. You want to look for any areas that enter into the attic of the home. Missing or chewed soffit can be an easy entry point for not only rats, but larger animals as well.
Roof return areas are very problematic as well. These areas are easily accessible to any animal on your roof, and lead directly into you attic. Proper inspection of these areas may require you to get on your roof, as from the ground, they can look sealed, but remember rats can squeeze into the smallest of holes!
Other areas to look for are your line from your AC unit. If it does not go underground, that means it probably leads into the attic or through a hole on the outside of the building. Even if it is enclosed in a chase, it still may need to be sealed to prevent entry for animals into the building.
Some other common areas can be plumbing pipes and stack pipes on the roof, ridge vents, and off ridge vents. These will require inspection from the roof to be sure that there is animal screening in place. In some cases, venting may need to be sealed from the inside of the building.
How To Seal Out The Rats
Here is the hard part. You can’t just simply fix or seal up the one area where the rats are getting in. You have to seal up ALL the entry points, otherwise, they are going to find them, and your efforts will all be in vain.
When possible, we try to use materials that will last, and also look good aesthetically on the home. We use things like mortar, PVC coated aluminum metal, and thick metal flashing. When possible, we color match any repairs to the color of the home. This helps the repairs look good, last against the elements, as well as against the animals.
A minor rodent problem can sometimes be solved by a handy homeowner, but when the problem is not dealt with swiftly and properly, it often gets worse, and quickly. This is when it’s time to call a professional.
Rodent exclusion experts can easily assess the problem, fix it, remove the animals, and clean up any attic debris as needed. We deal with this everyday, and we learn everyday. Because we are dealing with wild animals that don’t play by the rules, we have to constantly adapt our tactics and find solutions that best fit your problem.
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