Not only are rats a nuisance and a headache, but they can also pose as a serious threat to your health. Rats carry various types of infectious diseases that can potentially be transferred to people and pets inside of your home. A rat infestation is a very huge problem for a Valley homeowner to have. Working to prevent a rat infestation is a major priority for any homeowner.
These pests can not only cause harm to your physical health, but they can also cause damage to your home’s electrical wiring, a major fire hazard. Another thing to keep in mind with a rat infestation is that the will start to breed … fast. Once one or two rats enter your home, they can multiply and take over your house in the blink of an eye.
The most common type of rats we have in the Valley are roof rats. When the weather is nice, they tend to be more out and about, but when the chilly desert nights roll around, they seek shelter indoors. They will typically be black in color and have large ears and a long tail.
Roof rats love to snack on fallen citrus fruits and they make their home in people’s attics. They reach the attic from overhanging tree branches of the home’s yard. The best way to prevent these pets from entering your Valley home is to keep your yard free from fallen fruit, and follow these simple steps we have listed below.
Our tips to prevent a rat infestation
1. Seal all entry points
Would you believe that doors and windows are the two most common entry points for rodents into your home? Most people wouldn’t, but the truth is that most rats get into your home by the easiest means they can Sealing your doors and windows will seriously reduce the chances of rats coming into your residence.
If there are large holes on the exterior of your home, these can be sealed with lath metal, hardware cloth, cement, or metal sheeting. You can also fill small holes with steel wool so that rats cannot enter through these spaces, either as well. Most of these materials can be found at your local hardware store. However, you may also want to consider the benefits of a professional home sealing from our team.
For an added layer of protection, use a flash sealant or flex sealant around the base of your home. Any home additions or garages should also be sealed from rodents being able to enter. If you have a home garden and notice rats in there, be mindful of that while entering and leaving your home. These sneaky pests can run through when you leave the door open for even a few minutes.
2. Get rid of any nesting sites or potential nesting sites
If you are suspicious of rodent activity in or around your home, you should immediately begin looking for possible nesting sites. Some common nesting sites include garbage cans, woodpiles, and elevated hay. If you do have a woodpile in your yard, make sure it is at least 100 feet away from your home.
Rats can also nest in old tires, broken-down vehicles, and sheds. Keeping your grass and shrubs trimmed within 100 feet of your home will also eliminate the chances of the rodents making their nests close to the house. A common nesting place for rats here in Phoenix are overgrown flowering bushes, which provides them with shelter and protection from the elements. The closer the nests are to the entry point of your home, the quicker the rats will make their way in for further food and shelter.
3. Call a professional pest control company to help you
If you see any rat activity in your home, your first step should be to call a professional rodent control company like AZ Best Pest for fast, effective results. We will come out and thoroughly inspect your home and take action to remove actual rodents or their nesting sites from around your home. We deal with them so you don’t have to put yourself or your family in harm’s way. These rodents can carry infectious diseases, and we have the professional equipment to get rid of them on the spot.
If you do find yourself with a rat infestation, give Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services a call. We offer free rodent control inspections and—after helping you remove the rats—can help you prevent a rat infestation from happening again down the road.