Rats will enter your home because it offers protection, comfort, and food.
To stop this from happening, you need to know how to keep rats away from your home. After all, if they are not near your home, they won’t be able to get in!
Here are 8 tips that will help you achieve that.
8 Tips For Keeping Rats Away From Your Home
Keeping rats away from your home is not easy. There is nothing that you can do to stop rats from getting close to your home completely for a start.
If you implement these tips, you vastly reduce the chances of a rat getting close to your home.
Seal the entrances
The most important thing you can do to stop rats from getting into your home is seal the entrances that a rat can use to gain entry. Although this isn’t what keeps rats away from your home, it does stop them from getting in, which is vital, right?
Rats only need a hole the size of their head to get through and destroy your home. The first thing you should do is walk around your home and identify any small holes, especially around cable entry points. Then, add in a ball of wire wool and fill around it to fill a gap effectively.
Once you have secured your property, you can move on to make the land around your home less attractive to rats.
Set traps around your home
If a rat wants to enter your land, it will. To ensure it does not get further than the perimeter, add some traps and check them regularly.
It is worth considering which trap to use in your yard when catching rats. The options are as follows:
- Snap Traps – Work well, but there is a danger of catching other wildlife.
- Door Traps – These tempt the Rat in and keep it trapped until you check.
- Electric Traps – Similar to the door traps, but these electrocute rats when they enter.
- Poison – Has no way to discourage other wildlife from eating it. Also, if a rat takes the bait and is eaten by a predator, it will be poisoned.
My preference is to go for the door traps with poison as bait. That way, the rat will take the bait but will be trapped.
Check the trap every few days and clear out any dead rats.
Get a cat
Cats are an excellent rat deterrent! Not only will their scent warn rats away from your property, but those who are still brave enough to enter will also be chased away by your cat.
Set up a few comfortable places around your property for your cat to rest. Cats are very territorial creatures and will ensure their domain is marked. If you want to keep rats away from your home, the smell of a cat will do the job, especially if they are present during the nighttime.
If you have set up some comfortable areas for your cat, it will include those in its territory and mark them as needed.
Cut down hiding places.
Rats like to travel undercover. They will only venture into wide-open spaces if they need to. Bushes, plants, and trees offer some excellent cover that rats will use to travel and keep out of the way of predators.
The more a rat travels in an open space, the more exposed to predators from above, such as owls and other birds of prey.
Your job is to check for any overhanging trees and bushes close to your home. Rats are excellent climbers and can quickly scale a tree and gain access to your house through the roof.
Cut these access points down to reduce the chances of your house being used to host a family of rats!
Get an electronic rat deterrent.
Ultrasonic Rat deterrent devices can work. After discussing the success rate with several users, the feedback was positive and negative.
Some users were very pleased with the devices, and some reported that they did not deter rats effectively. I am not convinced that the devices were being used correctly or even if the users had enough devices.
It is worth considering covering more of your house with these devices and even covering some points in your yard.
Rats are clever and will avoid areas covered by an ultrasonic device. If your entire house is not covered, they will find a way to enter and set up a nest.
Fill Your Cavities
One of the most common places for a rat to nest is in the cavity of your walls. Once they find a hole small enough to crawl through, the first place they get to is the cavity.
Not only do they use the cavity walls as a nesting spot, but it is also an excellent rat run that enables them to navigate through your home while offering superior protection from predators.
You can make it difficult for a rat to enter your home by filling your cavity walls. It can be a costly task that certainly requires the skills of a professional. However, if rats regularly invade your home, it is worth considering it as an option.
There is also another excellent benefit to filling your cavity walls. For example, if rats are using them as a rat run or as a nest, there is a possibility that a rat can die. You will notice the odor of a dead rat within days.
Hunting for a dead rat in your home is no easy task, and it is even more difficult if it is in the cavity walls. Therefore, you will need to pay a professional to hunt it down and remove the body.
Store food correctly
If you store food in your yard, ensure all food items are stored correctly.
Rats can chew through many items; they need to gnaw to constantly keep their teeth at a decent length.
Do not store food in
- Plastic Bags
- Plastic Containers
- Woven Bags
- Wooden Boxes
Do store food in
- Strong, sealed, metal containers
- Glass Containers
Along with security and comfort, your home is an excellent food source. A rat will be navigating your home during the early morning hours searching for food, so you must store food correctly.
Remove bird feeders
Very similar to the tip above! Rats enter your property looking for food. Now that you have stored all of your food correctly, the next step is to remove the bird feeder.
If you have a bird feeder and do not want to remove it, clear it of food at night or remove the feeder until the morning. Rats will be looking for food during the night and into the early hours of the morning. Removing the bird feeder will reduce the available food for them.
These 8 tips will certainly help keep these rats away from your home!
When asking why rats enter your home, the answers are pretty simple. Warmth, food, comfort, and protection.
While there is no best way to keep rats away from your home, by using all of these methods, you are greatly reducing your chances of a rat infestation, and that is the aim.
Armed with that information, you can ensure your home is not a welcome place for rats!