No one likes an unexpected visitor in their home, especially when they are of the rodent variety. When it comes to a rodent infestation in your home, it is important to take action as soon as possible. However, there are ways to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are four things you can do to keep your home rat free.
Cut Off Food Sources
Just like the rest of us, rats are drawn to food. However, if getting to that food means crawling through some walls, they will do it. That is why it is important to make sure that any food you have stored outside or that can be easily accessed from the outdoors is locked away in bins or storage tubs.
Close Off Any Openings
Rats get to the food source through cracks or small openings in the wall, foundation, etc. If you see any gaps the size of a quarter or larger, it is key to close them off for preventative measures. However, we understand that there may be cracks in your home’s foundation that you alone can’t find. That’s why it’s important to consult a professional to ensure your home maintains its rodent-free status.
Protect Your Pipes
Unfortunately, rats have been known to chew through air ducts, decreasing your AC unit’s efficiency and spreading germs through your air vents. If your HVAC system has pipes that exit outdoors, it is important to make sure they are protected. A good trick is to bury them under gravel in a drainage channel to block out any kind of rodent entry.
Cover Your Trash
In addition to rats’ desire for food, they are constantly seeking shelter – and what better place to find both than the trash. It is key to keep your trash covered and sealed off to prevent any rat infestation.
If you have any questions about ensuring a rodent-free home, contact Dustin Pest Control today!