Without a doubt one of the most annoying rodents are rats. Known for spreading diseases like leptospirosis, rats are responsible for transmitting a wide range of illnesses that could potentially prove fatal. Not only do they harbour bacteria and leave dirty marks along their trails but also, they can affect the structure of a building when they gnaw through wood and other materials. To put it simply, they are a pain in the butt! So, if you have noticed signs of an infestation, such as rat droppings, burrows or marks along the floorboards in your home, use the following tips for rat control.
Contact a Pest Control Company
Your best bet for getting rid of rodents in the home is to communicate with someone who really knows what they are doing. This person would be a rat control specialist or, as they are more commonly known as, exterminators. An exterminator from RIP Pest Control will inspect the premises and check every single crack and crevice that may prove to be an entry point for rats. Once the problem and the extent of the problem has been uncovered, natural, mechanical or biological pest control will usually be carried out.
Rodent Baits and Traps
A very effective way of ridding the home of rodents is to put out bait, which will lure in the rats, before traps are used to capture and kill them. Some common types of rodent bait include a neurotoxin called bromethalin, vitamin-based baits and anti-coagulants, which work by interfering with the rodent’s blood clotting. Although effective, they are poisonous and can sometimes prove toxic, which is why natural methods of rat control are favoured. Examples of natural ingredients that you can use to keep rats and mice at bay after hiring pest control experts include cornmeal, milk, flour, sugar and baking soda.