How do you get rid of roof rats?


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The first step to getting rid of roof rats is to perform a thorough inspection of the area. Take care of sanitation and exclude the existing rats. Finally, use rat traps to get rid of rats.

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How do you get rid of roof rats?
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  1. Perform a thorough inspection

    Inspect your home to assess the severity of the problem. Look out for gnaw marks, droppings, urine and other signs of infestation. This also gives you a good idea of where to lay rat traps.

  2. Take care of sanitation

    Exercise proper sanitation to drastically reduce the number of rats. Cut off the pests from their food supply by storing pet food in closed containers. Store bulk food items in metal containers with fitted lids.

  3. Exclude the existing rats

    Find areas where rats enter the house and seal them off appropriately. Cover any openings larger than 1/4 inch with mesh, wood, caulk or other appropriate materials. Ensure that all windows and doors shut tightly.

  4. Lay rat traps

    Use the information you gathered during the inspection to lay rat traps. Dispose of rat carcasses regularly to prevent and eliminate odor. Place your traps flush with walls in the areas with the highest pest traffic. Call a pest control expert for assistance if the problem persists.

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