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The Trick To Keeping Rats Away From Your Sterling Home

October 15, 2021 - Rats

When is the best time to treat a home for rats? We firmly believe that you should prevent rats so you do not have to eliminate them; this is to say; it is much easier to stop rats from invading your living areas than getting them out after they get indoors. Viewpoint Pest Management offers reliable rodent control for Sterling homeowners, as well as additional pest service options in Stafford and the surrounding areas; contact our Sterling pest professionals today to learn more!  

What Attracts Rats To Sterling Homes?

There are many reasons why a rat might want to break into your Sterling home. What attracts rats to homes most is food, water, and shelter. Your living areas provide rats with these three necessities. They provide food in the form of dropped treats, vegetables on countertops, and pantry items. A rat's favorite food is whatever they can find. They provide moisture from sinks, bathtubs, and leaky pipes and faucets. Finally, they offer hiding spots within closets, around cluttered basements, and inside wall and ceiling voids. Your goal should be to reduce what attracts rats to your home.

Some Rat Exclusion Tips You Should Know About

When it comes to keeping rats out of your Sterling home, your first step should be to block off points of entry. To help you with this here is how to prevent relentless rats from getting into your Sterling home.

  • Use caulk and some steel wool and fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home's exterior foundation.
  • Address damage to window and doors and screening.
  • Repair damage to your home's exterior siding, roofline, and chimney.
  • Make sure your chimney has a rodent-proof cap.
  • Install metal screens over vents and pipes that leads out of your home.
  • Keep unscreened doors, and windows closed when they are not in use.

How To Make Your Living Areas Less Attractive To Rats

Rats like homes that provide them with lots of opportunities to hide, eat, and drink. In order to limit these large rodents with access to these necessities, here are six rodent prevention tips to use today:

  • Thoroughly clean your living areas.
  • Keep up with your lawn and landscaping.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum and organize storage areas.
  • Make sure your trash cans are clean and have tight-fitting lids.
  • Address moisture issues in and around your home.
  • Store pet food, pantry items, and leftovers inside of airtight containers.

Does DIY Rat Control Work?

If rats are already inside your home and causing trouble, the temptation may be there to try to handle them on your own. Although a few people find success using DIY rodent control, we generally advise against it. In our experience, snap traps only help with fresh infestations, sticky traps are inhumane, and rodenticides are dangerous. In addition to this, DIY rodent control becomes expensive if the first thing you try doesn't work. For this reason, we will always point members of our community towards affordable and effective professional rodent control services.

The Benefits Of Hiring A Rodent Control Professional

When rats are inside of a home, there is no such thing as a good rat. These large rodents are nothing but trouble when left to their own devices. To make sure your home has protection against these invasive creatures, let the experts at Viewpoint Pest Management lend you a helping hand today. We will address any current infestations you are dealing with and walk you through some amazing pest control service options in the Sterling area to keep rats out during all seasons of the year.

Contact our team today to learn more about our rodent control services and find a time to have your Sterling home protected from pests.