The presence of rats in the walls is a nightmare for homeowners largely because of how inaccessible these areas tend to be. If you hear scurrying, scratching and/or running noises in the walls at night, there is a good chance you have some sort of rodent in your residence and need to call rat control services. The most likely offender is rats but it is also worth noting that raccoons and squirrels are other potential culprits.
Why are there Rats in My Walls?
Walls may seem like a strange place for rodent activity but there might be a few reasons why they are in your wall.
The first and most likely is the rodents are using your walls as a runway for getting to and from their nest and scavenging areas. Walls are home to electrical wires and plumbing which provide a convenient highway linking the exterior of your home (where the rats go to scavenge) and your attic (where the rodents actually live).
The second possibility is the rat accidentally fell in the wall from the attic. An unfortunate rat in this case may find the walls too slick to climb back up to safety. The rat will struggle, scratch and exhaust itself attempting to get out which might be the reason for the insistent noise in your walls.
Finally, the rats may be living in the wall. Rats will happily nest inside walls where it is warm, dark and safe. These three factors also make it a great place for breeding.
Knowing why there are rats in the wall in the first place helps to inform your decision on how to get rid of them.
Getting Rid of Rats in the Wall
Setting traps in the walls is impossible while poisoning the rats is not a good idea. If the rats die inside the walls and you have no way of removing them, you will have to deal with the offending odor of rotting corpses.
The first step is to inspect your home thoroughly to seal off all possible entry points. Pay special attention to ground level gaps such as under the siding, A/C or outer walls. Seal the holes, preferably with steel mesh that the rodents can’t chew through. Place traps in the attic near the entrance to the wall to catch the pests.
If there is good access from the attic, inspect the hole to see what’s happening inside. You should be able to spot dead or live rats that might be trapped or living in there. If within arm’s length, wear heavy-duty gloves to remove the pests by hand. Alternatively, use a snare pole or other similar contraption, or lower a rope or piece of lumber to allow live rats to climb out.
If there is no access from the attic you may have no other choice than to create a hole in the wall and repeat the aforementioned procedure.
Call a Professional Pest Control Company
It is evident that getting rid of rats in walls is no easy task. The best option is to have a professional rat control expert in Canada assess the problem and take the appropriate measures. The expert will also seal all potential entry points especially the ones that are easy to miss and thoroughly clean and sanitize inside the wall which is virtually impossible to do on your own. Call us: 647-496-2211 if you need to get an assistance with rat removal and pest control. The Exterminators offer rat control products for individuals who want to do DIY methods.