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What is the most humane way to get rid of rats?

Rustling in the walls. Scratching in the ceiling. Your first instinct is to trap or kill these annoying rats. But, there’s more humane ways to fix your infestation problems. Our minds shouldn’t always jump to the most violent. Although they’re rats, maybe the most humane route is the best route.

Clean and remove possible food sources

Rats are scavengers and will eat pretty much anything. It’s important to keep your kitchen area clean. Fallen crumbs are a simple dinner for rats. Put food like cereal, nuts and grains in sealable containers. It makes it difficult for rats to get in. Tight fitting lids for garbage cans are a good idea too. Keep trash areas clean and maintained. Rats will also be attracted to pet food sitting out.

Identify the entry points

Rodents can get in through holes as small as a dime. Openings around door and window frames, gaps around utility lines and open vents are possible entry points. Rats will actually chew on plastic or wood to gain entry. They will always make sure to find their way in. When weather cools in fall pests are looking for warm places to nest. So, your attic, walls and home offers a consistent temperature during the winter.

Install one-way doors over entry points.

One-way doors are a humane way to remove rats from your home without trapping. Place the contraption over the hole where rodents enter. It only provides a way out and not a way in. The spring loaded door allows the rat to leave and then closes behind them.

Repair potential entry points.

Even though one-way doors are useful to prevent re-entry rats can easily run to other holes in outside walls. It’s important to identify all access points. Keep regular maintenance your home. Repair holes as soon as you find them. Use caulk or fully replace screens.

Ancaster animal control for rats

If you discover rat droppings or other signs of infestation contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. We will remove any rodents and seal points of entry.

An exterminator might help in the short-term by using traps and poison but rodents will always re-appear if their entry points aren’t dealt with. Our technicians have the training and experience needed to identify how rodents are getting into your house. We then use heavy-gauge steel to prevent them from getting back inside.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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