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Getting Rid Of Rats On Your Houston Property The Right Way

January 15, 2023

It's hard to describe the shock you feel when you see a rat in your Houston home. They are destructive, filthy animals that don't belong anywhere near your home or family. Rats can bite you, spread diseases, and even start a fire in your house. Due to the diseases they spread and the extensive damage they can cause, it's essential not to waste time and contact Houston pest control immediately if you suspect rats have gotten into your home. 

How To Tell If It Rats Lurking Around Your Property

Rats are mainly active at night, so it can be easier to spot the signs of an infestation than an actual rat. Some of the signs of a rat infestation are: 

  • Rat droppings
  • Rub marks
  • Scratching noises
  • Rat holes
  • Rat nests
  • Footprints

Inside your home, rats typically live in lofts, attic spaces, kitchens, laundry rooms, and anywhere out of sight, like crawlspaces, suspended ceilings, or cavity walls. They are secretive and hardly ever spotted in the open. It's entirely possible to have rats living in or near your home without your knowledge for a long period of time. You may even begin to smell their presence before you spot the signs. A professional pest control company can inspect your home for signs of rats and other rodents and help you make a plan to eradicate any that are found. 

Rats Cause Property Damage And Spread Diseases

Rats can cause dangerous situations, including contamination of your food supply, starting a house fire, and spreading disease to you and your loved ones. These significant pests have sharp teeth that can be used to skillfully chew through items in your home, storage items, and walls. Rats can also dig under your house and cause damage to the structures of your house on wood, wires, and even metals inside your home and the walls. They can also eat and chew up your fruit trees and garden. If you see rat droppings anywhere in your home, contact a pest control professional to get rid of them safely. Any contact with rats or rat droppings can spread disease to you and your pets. Some diseases they can spread include rat bite fever, typhus, and plague. When you have a rat infestation, they can cause all kinds of problems, keeping you up at night. 

The Most Effective Way To Get Rid Of Rats On Your Property

Rats are frustrating pests for homeowners and can be challenging to prevent and eliminate. The most effective way to remove and control rats is to partner with an experienced local professional. At Samson Pest and Termite Services, we specialize in trapping and removing rats. We will do a thorough inspection, provide you with our rat control options, and discuss the best way to control rodents in and around your Houston property. For the best rat control, partner with us to ensure your home becomes and always stays rodent-free; call today to learn more!

Five Tips To Prevent Future Rat Infestations On Your Property

Use the following tips to help make your West Houston home less attractive to rats: 

  • Ensure that large openings leading into your home, like chimneys, vents, and drains, have appropriate covers or screens. 
  • Remove excess clutter from your yard that rodents can hide within. The closer these animals nest to your home, the more likely they are to wander inside. 
  • Regularly inspect the outside of your home and caulk holes and cracks in your foundation and exterior walls.
  • Keep tight-fitting lids on all trash containers, and never store trash cans, recycling bins, or compost bins close to the exterior of your home. 
  • Replace damaged weatherstripping, screens, and door sweeps.

These tips can help minimize your risk, but if you need help removing rats from your property, get in touch with Samson Pest and Termite Services today! We can get rid of any rats on your property and help you keep them from coming back.