How to get rid of rats? Mr. Michel Grenier of Exterminateurs Associés Inc. answers this question by giving you four methods to make it happen.
Rats are part of the order rodents, omnivorous mammals that have pointed snouts and sharp teeth. They are the most dangerous because their invasion of a home can cause a lot of damage such as disease, infection, deterioration of property and more. Getting rid of rats is no easy task, so it’s important to get started quickly to regain your comfort.
How do they get into homes and how can they be detected?
Before embarking on a rat extermination in a house, you must first know how they get there. The rat population is higher in large cities, and rats mainly live in city sewers; they therefore have access to the various pipes. Most often, they enter homes through openings such as damaged or cracked drain pipes and toilet bowls. Sometimes, very rarely, they come from outside the house. Once in homes, they can cause a lot of damage. Among other things, they can eat into electrical and power cables, which can cause gas leaks and fire hazards. It is therefore a necessity to get rid of its rodents before suffering the consequences of their presence.
Most often, the presence of these rodents is manifested by noises in the walls during the night . These noises may sound like scratching or scampering. Also, they show their presence by gnawing at packaging, food, etc. They also deposit feces and urine in holes and burrows. Sometimes rats give off an odor and leave fingerprints on the surfaces of the house.
Four ways to get rid of rats
1- Perform a smoke test
A smoke test involves checking the home’s sewer system. Thus, you will be able to find the rat introduction sites. You can then proceed with the necessary repairs.
2- use rat traps
There are three types of rat traps: mechanical traps, electric traps, and glue traps. These are all baits that will allow you to capture and kill these rodents.
Mechanical traps are of two types; the rat swatter and the tooth trap. The swatter works like a mouse swatter, but bigger. When the rat bites the bait, a metal bar flips over and kills it. The tooth trap is like a plastic toothed jaw that closes over the rat when it bites the bait.
Electric traps work with batteries and when the animal is trapped, an electric shock is sent to it and eliminates it.
Finally, sticky plates can be placed. When rats are trapped, they get stuck and are killed.
3- Use rodenticides: Good or bad idea?
First, some use rodicides to eliminate the odor from rotting rats. But is it possible that such rat poisons can dry out the rodent enough so that it does not emit any odor? The answer is no. This is because the foul odor that emanates from a dead body is the normal process of decomposition. Since liquids no longer circulate, including blood, among others, they become stagnant and then begin the process of decomposition. This is where the smell you smell comes from.
Moreover, the most famous rodenticide in history is the notorious “rat poison” which is not only fatal to rodents, but also to humans. Obviously, it is no longer used nowadays. Today, we find rodenticides in shops. Usually, it is blood thinners that cause hemorrhage in the animal’s body and kill it. Rodenticides are harmful products and therefore should not be handled without protective gloves. They must not be put within reach of children and pets. When using them, ensure that they are placed in discreet places.
4- Use a rat extermination company
When you have used all of the methods listed below and are unsuccessful, or when the rat invasion is too large and you feel unable to do all of these methods, your best bet is to call on a company certified in rat extermination. These are specialized companies that have the appropriate materials and products to restore your home to its former cleanliness. You can contact those in your area and request a quote. This will allow you to make informed decisions and proceed with the elimination of these rodents from your home.
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