If rats have infested your home or business, you must be having quite a hard time. The following is a simple guide to help you rid yourself of your rat problem completely, which requires both DIY measures and professional services.
DIY Rat Control
Why do rats find your home or business comfortable enough to make a home? Answering this question is the first step in getting rid of rats. Rats are usually attracted to food, dirt and undisturbed dark places. How do you store food? Is it in sealed containers? Is it above ground? Is the food storage room clean?
Always ensure that you store food in sealed containers to prevent rats from accessing it. If they cannot access the food, then they have no business in your home or workplace. All food should also be above ground, especially sacks. Rats can easily chew into sacks, and you won't notice it if the sack is on your floor. If the sack is above ground, you can see signs of a hole. All food storage rooms should also be cleaned regularly. Rats love dirty places; clean rooms are a deterrent.
Do you have old appliances, furniture or pieces of equipment you no longer use? These need to be disposed of because they form habitats for rats. Since most likely you won't disturb such areas, rats find a peaceful place to form homes and multiply.
Professional Rat Control Services
When hiring a professional rat control specialist, he or she will inform you of the above DIY rat control measures and insist on the importance of applying them. The DIY measures mainly help prevent the return of rats once treatment has been applied and also keep your surroundings clean.
Professional rat control services include the application of traps and poisons in an educated way. This entails knowing the different types of traps and poisons. It also means properly identifying the ones that are the most effective for your rat situation. You should also know what happens after the rat swallows the poison—will the rat die in an unreachable place and start to smell? How do you avoid this?
The rat control expert has plenty of experience dealing with traps and poisons and is the right person to apply such rat control measures. If you try trapping or poisoning rats without experience or skill, you may render the traps and poisons useless, failing to consider that you might be the one who does not know how to use them correctly.
Speak to rat control professionals for more information.