Rats are contagious, sneaky, determined, and dangerous. The last thing you want is a rat getting all in your face that it has been able to waltz freely into your home. There is one thing worse than a rat showing off and being brave. That is, a rat that you know is there, but you can’t find it! Exactly where do rats hide in a house?

Here, we take a look at 8 of the most common places a rat will hide in your home. Then all you need to do is catch it!

Easier said than done, I know!


Where Do Rats Hide in A House?

Where Do Rats Hide In A House

Attic

Rats are a common occurrence in the attic of your house. What makes the attic a good hiding place is that it’s isolated.

An attic is rarely visited in most houses, and it is host to tons of old, usually sentimental items. These items are perfect for a rat to use for a nest! So be aware. If you hear rats in your attic, you need to get them out ASAP.

Rats are good climbers and will get to the attic by squeezing through openings already present on your ceilings and in the walls.

It’s also possible for them to easily run from one place to another. That includes running up the walls!


House Walls

Try to listen for any scratching noises emanating from your walls. The noises are commonly heard at night when it’s dark and the house is quiet.

If there are noises, then it is possible that there is a rat in your walls.

Leaving them inside your walls is not something that you want to do. Once inside, they can start chewing on your electrical wires posing a fire hazard. Also, if they die in your walls, the smell of a dead rat can linger for weeks!

When you have confirmed a rat in your wall, look for holes they are using to get inside the walls. When you have found them, seal them off.


Yard

Have you ever checked around your yard for rats?

A yard is an ideal hiding place for rats. This is due to the presence of many chewable items. We are talking about plants, trash, ornaments, food leftovers, and wood furniture. These are just but some of the items that can transform a previously immaculate garden into a tempting hiding place for rats.

Keeping your yard rat-free will require lots of maintenance, dedication, and hard work. You can identify an infestation by checking for holes. Rodents like to dig around the garden.


Furniture

One of the most common places that a rat will hide in your home is your furniture.

For a start, your furniture is easily accessible, they simply chew through the material and sneak inside. Easy!

The only danger (for the rat) is that your furniture is likely to be regularly in use. Rats will have to be pretty desperate to hide here.


Basement

Many homeowners tend to convert their basements into storage facilities for items that they are not using.

Storing food supplies in your basement will make it an ideal breeding place for rats.

In addition to being a storage facility, it also means that the area is likely to be warm, moist, and dark. These are attractive to vermin looking for reproduction spots. Look for entry holes on the floor surface.

Rodents often access the basement from the ground level. Also, make sure to check on the status of your walls, drains, and pipes and repair anything that appears damaged or broken.


Sewers and Drains

Did you know that rodents can squeeze through any opening that has a diameter of about 3.8 centimeters?

This is what makes them good at getting through sewers and drain pipes. It may take you weeks for you to realize that there is a colony of rodents and vermin residing in your drain pipes and sewers.

Any damage, particularly structural done by the rats to such areas may cost hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands to repair.

This is in addition to finding them in your bathroom after swimming through the drain pipes all the way to the toilet opening. Imagine that!


Garage

The tiny opening that is located under the garage door makes for a great way for rats to get into your house. Having found their way in, they will now start to nest, reproduce, and eat anything that they can find.

Given that rats have strong teeth and can easily chew through most things, any car parked inside the garage may also get damaged if they are left alone for too long.

Common issues with rats in the garage include chewed tires and wires.

Rat’s also love to set up home in your car too! You should always check in your car!


Kitchens

A rat is by nature is a scavenger.

As soon as it gets an opening that will allow it to search for food, you can be sure that it’s going to take it.

Rats in your kitchen may have gained entry by creating a hole in the power supply unit located behind the cooking stove. This is the first place to check for an indication of whether it has been breached or not. If breached, make sure that it gets sealed, and replaced with metal where possible.

You should also take it upon yourself to regularly clean your kitchen. Get rid of even the smallest food particles that may have fallen to the floor when cooking.


Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions

Do rats hide during the day?

Rats mostly sleep during the day. They begin to wake up at around 19:00 every day. During the day, they are likely to be curled up somewhere in your home asleep!

Do rats hide from light?

Rats do not hide from the light, but they do not like to be exposed to light because it advertises the fact they are there! Rats do not want to be seen and will avoid light where possible.

Do rats hide in your sofa?

Yes – rats can hide inside your sofa. A sofa will offer rats protection and easy access. Rats will not be that keen on living inside your sofa though, especially if it is regularly used.


Conclusion

Rats can hide in any place inside your house. So long as the place is dark and there are food items, they will continue to feel safe allowing them to breed.

The question shouldn’t be ‘where do rats hide in a house?’ it should be more like ‘how do I stop the things from getting in’!

Good luck…

About the Author

Rodent Guide

Man v Rodent! I've been tackling Rodent infestation issues for over 20 years. Now I want to use this website to pass over the tips that I have learned over that time to help you take these Rodents out DIY style!

View All Articles