The Trick To Keeping Rats Out Of Your Jacksonville Home

February 7, 2023

If you think you might be dealing with a rat infestation on your property, there's no point in delaying. Rats are not just a nuisance; they pose a unique set of health risks to people and even our infrastructure. The longer an infestation goes on, the more susceptible a homeowner is to damages. Pest control in Jacksonville is our specialty. Read on to learn some of our favorite tips for keeping rats and other unwelcome pests out of your home.

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Clear Signs Of A Rat Infestation In Your House

If you think you might have a rat infestation on your hands, there are many signs of rats that you should be on the lookout for, including:

  • Droppings about the size of a breath mint appear near your refrigerator or trash bin.

  • Food or garbage appears to have been disturbed or moved.

  • Wires appear frayed or chewed.

  • You hear scratching or thumping inside the walls.

Homeowners that have a rat problem may not notice all the signs right away, but using the tips above, the job of identifying a possible infestation should be a bit easier.

While rats may make extended efforts to breach a property if they are desperate enough for heat, food, or shelter, they tend to take the path of least resistance. That's your opportunity to make your property as inconvenient as possible to these unwelcome pests.

The Hazards Of A Rat Infestation In Your Home

Rats are dangerous for a few reasons. While they can and occasionally do bite people, this is relatively uncommon.

Far more likely to be an issue is the rat's ability to carry and transmit several dangerous diseases, as well as their ability to chew into vital infrastructure. Rats have caused untold thousands of dollars worth of damage by chewing electrical wires and other critical infrastructure. Experts also attribute an unknown yet significant number of housefires to these pests each year.

So, don't play the odds. Even if you think you're safe from the dangers of a rat infestation because they're not aggressive toward you, you're still at risk of being exposed to a disease or even structural damage. It's best to get rid of rats the moment you see one.

So, that begs the question: how to get rid of rats?

Call The Professionals At The First Sign Of Rats

Because they're so good at reproducing and damaging human infrastructure, don't wait if you see a rat or think you have an infestation. Instead, call in professional rat control services. It's safe to say that this is not only the best way to get rid of rats but also the only truly effective way.

Lindsey Pest Services know how to tackle a rat infestation of rats once and for all, so you can sleep soundly knowing your home belongs to you – and you alone.

Four Easy Rodent Exclusion Tips To Prevent Future Rat Infestations

Rat prevention is more than half the battle when it comes to keeping your home free of an infestation. If these critters never have a reason to come inside, your odds are pretty good at keeping your home secure.

Here are four quick tips to keep rodents out of your home for good.

  1. Keep all food secured tightly.

  2. Take the garbage out regularly.

  3. Remove things rats can use as shelter, such as rubble or clutter.

  4. Seal any cracks in the walls and doors of your home.

While these tactics won't eliminate a rat infestation once it's taken hold, they can help you prevent rats from moving inside. For an existing population, you'll need to call Lindsey Pest Services for a full-service treatment.


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