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What to Do If You Have Rats

 In Pest Control, Pest Control Tips, Rodent Control, Rodents

What to do if you have rats - Antworks Pest Control - Portland OR - Vancouver WARodents can be very problematic for homeowners, especially if an infestation is able to spread throughout the entire house. These pests are creepy, and they can also damage your home while spreading deadly diseases to you and your family. Additionally, rodent infestations can be very difficult to eradicate once they take hold. Here is what you should do if you have rats:

  • Make sure food and trash are properly stored. Rats prefer to nest near easy food sources, so food or trash out in the open could attract these pests to your home. Properly disposing of trash in lidded bins and storing food in airtight containers makes it difficult for rats to find food, which may cause them to move on.
  • Seal off any openings that lead into your home. If you have lots of cracks or holes that lead into your house, rats will likely sneak through in search of shelter – especially once the weather gets cold. Try using caulk to seal off cracks and cover vents with wire mesh to prevent these pests from crawling inside.
  • Set out some mouse traps around the house. Mousetraps are a simple and cost-effective way to get rid of rodents. Our number one tip for using mouse traps is to begin setting out bait on unloaded traps for the first few nights; rats can be extremely cautious with new objects, and you don’t want to scare them away before the traps can do their job. It’s also important to keep mouse traps away from pets and children.
  • Try setting up a bait station. If you know rats have made it indoors, you’ll want to take quick action to get rid of them as soon as possible. Bait stations use poison disguised as food, and they can be a very effective method to treat infestations. You can buy one or make your own, but be sure to keep bait stations away from pets or children.
  • Call an expert for professional help. Rodent infestations are no joke, and they can be very challenging to get rid of on your own. A pest control expert can help assess the situation and provide solutions tailored to your home.

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If you are struggling with a rat infestation, don’t hesitate – call the experts at Antworks Pest Control today! Our rodent control specialists have proudly served home and business owners throughout Portland OR and Vancouver WA since 2005. We are dedicated to providing you with superior customer service with results you can trust. Call us today to get a free estimate!


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