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Rats are hard to get rid of. Rats are smart and can be very intelligent. You can view rats as either supervillains or heroes, depending on how you look at it. Rats are capable of surviving under challenging environments and even enduring all human attempts to kill them. Because they are affectionate with their owners and have quirky personality traits, domesticated rats can be low-maintenance pets. Wild rats, such as Norway and brown rats found in many cities can be a nuisance to public health.
Rats can climb mountains as high as 50 feet (15m), and they can swim for days without getting drowned. This is why controlling their numbers is so tricky. New York City, a well-known haven for large rodents, launched a $32-million war against rats in 2017. Despite these efforts and others in other cities, rats continue to grow. This is partly due to climate change, which allows females to have more litter. A medical entomologist reveals that rats can be detected by “fecal droppings and urine stains, chew marks on materials, and the presence of death of rodents in the structure.” Rats leave oily stains on surfaces they frequent and have oily fur. Homeowners often notice behavior changes in their pets. Dogs and cats can stare at walls or show excitement when they see rodents.
Rats are known to scamper through restaurants looking for food and spreading bacteria in disgusting ways. They will sometimes attack humans and bite them repeatedly in rare cases. Rats’ infestations can cause significant damage to homes and vehicles and fire hazards by chewing on anything that isn’t metal or cinder block. Their teeth grow at an average rate of 5 inches (12.7 cm) per year.
There is no magic bullet for controlling rats. Rat exterminators use a method called Integrated Pest Management (or IPM) to control unwanted pests. This requires them to consider all possible options, including cultural, psychological, and chemical. It is not easy to do so. To effectively eradicate rats from structures, you must understand their biology, behavior, and ecology. Rats thrive in human filth, especially in areas with high populations. Cities with lots of trash and old, decaying buildings like New York City are rat hotspots.
How to Get Rid of Rats
There are some SMART strategies you can employ to solve the problem. To stop rats, you must make their habitat less attractive for nesting and feeding. Rats live within 400 feet (122 m) of their primary food source. If you can decrease rat’s ability to find food, they are less likely to visit you uninvited.
1. Take away all food-related trash from your home.
Use rat-resistant containers to dispose of rubbish for trash collection. Keep all trash and compost away from your home. All other food sources such as birdseed, grass seed, or pet foods should be stored in rat-proof containers. Daily, pick up and dispose of dog droppings from your yard. Cut back the tall grass and remove any woodpiles or other junk from your property. These items can often be a suitable habitat for rats. Make sure outdoor grilling areas are clean and free from food debris.
2. Keep Rats from getting into Structures
This means that you need to seal up any gaps or holes and use the right tools, such as heavy gauge screening or 1/4 inch (6 millimeters) hardware cloth. Copper mesh can be used to seal tight spaces where rats might get into your home. This process can be completed with caulk and foam insulation. You should ensure that no branches or shrubs touch your home, especially near the roof, as rats can climb trees and gain access to your structure.
3. Rat Traps
Traditional traps might be the best way to get rid of rats. Make sure you bait it with peanut butter, not cheese! While non-lethal traps can work, you will have to release the rats in a new location where they could cause more misery. These poisons can be effective, but they may take weeks before any effects are felt and sometimes unintentionally kill animals.
Snap traps from the old days maybe your best option. You can buy rat traps from your local hardware store or big-box store and then bait them. Contrary to popular belief, rodents do not like cheese and prefer peanut butter. A dollop of peanut butter about the size of a pea should be placed on each trap. Set up multiple traps next to or under your sink if you have a problem in your kitchen. You can create a T-shape by placing the bait near the wall. Rats prefer to live next to walls than open spaces. Place the traps in an attic or basement where rats have been droppings.
It might take you several days before the rats are caught. You may need to change your tactics several times to get the job done. If you have problems with rats and all other methods fail, it is worth calling a professional to complete the task.
Rats usually die in the wild at around 2 to 3 years of age. They can breed within three months of their birth and produce six litters of approximately 12 pups per year. This means that they could have around 2,000 descendants in 12 months. In other words, they can have 6,000 babies from one pair of breeding rats over their three-year life span.
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