Rats are a dangerous creature that can contaminate food, start fires and destroy your home. They also carry disease and can cause illness, which is why they must be contained and removed so they cannot fester inside the home. It’s important to remove them from your structure, yet they are tough to get rid of because they can live around the home, inside, in the basement and almost anywhere else. They can also easily get into walls, crawl spaces, ceilings and more, making them a tough nuisance.
It’s usually easy to determine if you have rats in the home. You’ll see chewed up paper, siding, insulation or wall areas. Likewise, you’ll see their droppings (like small pellets) and may notice chewed bags of food. When you see these things, it is time to call a professional, such as RIP. They can offer a variety of options to rid your home of these rats, but they can also provide advice on how to keep them from returning.
Most people prefer to do it themselves because they think it will be cheaper and easier. While you can place traps and bait them with peanut butter or cheese, the rat still has to run into the trap. They are very crafty, which means that it can take months to finally catch them. Likewise, you need to know how many rats you’ve got in the home, which can be tough to do on your own.
Professionals understand how to use chemicals and which ones are most useful. They’ll use tracking powder and gels to find and kill the pests. They may also use traps in conjunction with other methods to ensure that every rat is found.
Once that’s complete, they can work with you on sanitation and preventative measures to keep them from coming back.