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You may already know that rats are agile creatures. And their intelligence, along with their resilience and social life can make them quite the pest to have to deal with. But what can rats climb exactly? Can they get inside of your home regardless of what kind of walls you have? What are some preventive measure you can take to make sure rats won’t target your home, and what can you do if you’re confronted with an infestation?
What can a rat climb, exactly? Contrary to some misleading information out there, even if rats are agile climbers, they will not be able to climb on smooth surfaces. So, glass, and smooth interior walls won’t allow rats to climb them. But there are a few things you need to consider before you can choose these types of walls to protect yourself from rats. There are some species of rats which can jump pretty high, so a smooth wall won’t stop them if they find an opening and really want to get it. Little protrusions on the wall, bricks, vines or just about anything which has a textured surface will facilitate their climbing.
The best advice you can follow in order to prevent these pests from climbing inside of your home is not to have too much stuff stacked against your walls, especially near entrances or windows. This gives rats an easy and straightforward path to the inside of your home. Landscaping should be your next focus, as outside rats will focus on overgrown areas and undisturbed places to create their nests.
Last thing you need to tackle in order to make sure rats won’t climb inside your house is proper waste management. Keep your garbage away from your home, and properly close the bins after you throw your garbage. Rats love garbage and they will usually inhabit areas close to it, as garbage often serves as a food source for your garden variety rat. Make sure you don’t keep pet food outside, as this is another common factor that attracts rat. These prevention methods are applicable, of course, to any invasive vermin that like the comforts of your manmade structures.
‘I saw a rat climbing on my home’s wall! What should I do?’ If it’s an isolated event, keep your eyes on it and see where it goes. If there’s any chance whatsoever that the rat got inside of your home, even if you’re not completely sure it did, your best bet would be to find a rat control service. These professionals will make sure that the reason why rats are present in the first place are being dealt with, and then handle the rat population, and in the end, properly decontaminate the place the rats have infested so that there’s no risk of contracting diseases from leftover excrements. Check out my nationwide directory of wildlife removal pros if you’re considering hiring someone qualified to help you with your rat problem. For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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