Rats are terribly destructive and troublesome creatures. As burrowers, they will tear up your yard and eventually dig their way into your basement. Once inside the home, they will cost you thousands in damages to the walls. There are some smells that rats dislike and that you can use to help protect your property, but there are several other things you should do as well to keep them away for good. Try calling Rat Control Cambridge for help.
Rats dislike the smell of peppermint, eucalyptus, and citronella. Some studies have shown that rats like to avoid these smells. To help deter the pests, mix two teaspoons of one of these oils with one cup of water and spray the mixture in areas you suspect to have had rat activity. Rats are also known to dislike mothballs and ammonia. The problem with these repellents however is that they are not always effective enough and they will not prevent any future infestations. You risk giving the rats time to breed while you experiment with repellents and you do not fix what would cause an infestation in the first place.
Rat-proof your home to better prevents a rat invasion. Search the perimeter of your home for any cracks or crevices that rats could be used to get inside. Check your decks, the foundation, the garage, and the wall vents for any signs of damage and repair them appropriately. You can also cap your wall vents with a galvanized steel mesh to prevent any animals from chewing their way through. Rats sometimes get into people’s homes by crawling under the garage door, so consider investing in some new weatherstripping, as well. Then, do some yard work to remove hiding spots. Cut tree branches a few feet away from the roof, pull weeds and trim down your shrubs. Switch to hanging bird feeders, store birdseed in sealed containers, and pick up any fruit that may have fallen to the ground.
If you’ve been witnessing some rat activity on your property, consider hiring a professional for help. Pest removal technicians use commercial-grade baits and traps that work better than any homemade or store-bought solutions. Professionals also have the experience necessary to know exactly which products would work best for your situation and where they should be placed. The location of each trap is an important aspect of rat control. A professional can also point out to you any potential entry-points that animals could use to get inside and seal them for you. The services that pest removal technicians are incredibly valuable and may even save you money in the long run.
While there are some smells that rats dislike, the smells themselves are not enough to deter a colony of rats. It takes a comprehensive approach to repel or remove rats from the home. The key is to make the home physically impenetrable and less attractive to rats in terms of food and shelter. Smells and homemade repellents only mask the problem. If you’re worried about rats, the professionals at Rat Control Cambridge would be happy to help. We conduct thorough inspections to find exactly where the rats are coming from and we offer guaranteed pest-proofing to keep you safe. Call Exterminator Cambridge now.