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What Causes Rat Infestations and How Can You Stop Them?

October 2, 2015

Rat infestations are rarely a problem in Toronto during the warmer months. However, when the temperature starts to cool down, these rodents begin heading indoors looking for a place to warm up. They’re mammals just like us, so they can’t survive outdoors in freezing Canadian winters.

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It’s easier to prevent a rat infestation from starting in your home than it is to get rid of rats once they get inside. Rats are tricky pests, because they can squeeze through the smallest of holes. You may think a hole seems too small for a rodent to squeeze though, but you’d be surprised how tight a space a rat can get into. You really have to make sure any potential problem areas in your home are properly sealed. This includes weather stripping on your doors, windows and garage.

What Attracts Rats?

Rats are scavengers, so it’s not surprising to find them wherever there’s food (this includes garbage). Rats are looking for one of 2 things: food or warmth, which means they like houses, restaurants, and office buildings. If you have a rat infestation, getting rid of garbage or any junk, and making sure food is stored and put away properly is the first step to get rid of rats.

How Did I Get Rats In My House?

Rats and house mice can squeeze in through the tiniest of holes, including any holes in doors, windows, or your foundation. They can also come in through vents, windows, and depending on where you live, they can even come up through drains as well.

To prevent rats from getting in your house, ensure all holes and cracks are sealed properly with caulking or sealant, and keep doors and windows closed, particularly if you’re not home. Also install plugs or pest-proof shields on any drains.

Where Would I Find Rats In My House?

Rats are nocturnal, so they like small spaces, corners and dark places; you’ll often find them along baseboards, where the walls meet the floor. They don’t like being in open spaces, especially if there are humans nearby.

Keep an eye out for rats in your attic, basement, under the floorboards and in the wall. If you hear scurrying through your walls, it’s likely rats, mice or other rodents. Rats are also often found in your kitchen, pantry, or cellar, as these are areas that hold a lot of food, which attracts rats.

Rats in homes can pose some serious health risks and cause severe damage to your home. Aside from the numerous health issues they can cause, rats also chew on walls and through wires, which may cause your lights and other electronics to short circuit.

If you think you might have rats in your home, call Magical Pest Control at (905) 738-6676 for a safe and speedy solution

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