What to Do When Your Neighbor Has a Rat Problem

From spreading diseases and illnesses to causing extensive property damage to introducing other pests onto your property, rats are incredibly harmful rodents that can create an extremely unhealthy living environment for you and your loved ones. If your neighbor has a rat problem, the rodents will very likely make their way onto your property, so you will want to take any precautions you can to keep them away. Continue reading to learn more.

What Attracts Rats to Your Yard

There are likely many things in your yard that rats find appealing. If you are going to keep them out of your yard, it is important to understand what attracts them so you can make any necessary adjustments.

Below are things that attract rats to your yard:

  • Plants that grow fruits and vegetables
  • Pet food that is kept outside
  • Bird feeders
  • Unsealed trashcans
  • Barbecue grills
  • Swimming pools
  • Leaky hose faucets
  • Overgrown shrubs

Generally, we recommend keeping your yard as tidy as possible. All waste should be properly sealed and food and water should be stored inside. Additionally, plants, trees, and shrubs should be properly trimmed to avoid sheltering rodents.

What Attracts Rats to Your House

No one wants to find rats in their kitchen, basement, bathroom, or bedroom. To keep these rodents out, you need to know what attracts them to your home in the first place.

Below are things that attract rats to your home:

  • Easy entry points: Rats can fit through very small spaces, so any cracks or gaps in your foundation, holes in your door screens, or gaps in between your doors and the floor make it very easy for them to get inside.
  • Warmth and shelter: Especially during the winter, rats are keen on finding a warm place to hide and start nesting.
  • Food: Rats will truly eat just about anything, including meat, fruits, packaged food items, veggies, and cheese. Make sure all of your food is properly stored in airtight containers and your trash is taken out regularly.
  • Water: Rats need a water source, so plumbing leaks will attract them to your home. Make sure to repair any leaks as soon as you discover them.

What to Do If There Are Rats in Your House

If you’ve done everything you can to keep rats away and they still manage to make their way into your home, it’s important that you seek professional assistance right away. Rodent infestations are very difficult to treat effectively; not to mention they are very dangerous. Bringing in a team of professionals is the best way to ensure the problem is taken care of safely and effectively. That’s where Rodents Stop comes in.

Rodents Stop is committed to delivering fast, friendly, and effective rodent control solutions. Backed by decades of service excellence, there is no rat problem too severe for our highly skilled team to take on.