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Rats are small warm-blooded animals that are found all over the world. They have a unique front set of teeth that they use for gnawing through anything. Rats set up nests in homes which can be dangerous to humans since they often carry diseases and parasites. They also to set up their nests in attics, basements, crawl spaces, between walls and have rapid reproduction rates. A few rats could easily turn into a full-fledged colony in a couple of weeks. Its advisable to call the rat exterminator at first sight of a rat in your home.
How do you get rid of rats in the basement?
Before you call the exterminator, run to your local store for rat traps or set poison baits, find out how they got into your basement. This information is crucial for preventing future infestations. Two common types of rats that frequent home basements are; Roof rats and Norway rats.
Inspect the entire structure of your house including the roof. Check through the walls and finally in the basement. Check your ground vents for rat activity or gaps where rats could easily fit through. This information often goes a long way in helping you get rid of the rats in the end.
The next step involves sealing all possible entry points you have noted from your inspection. It’s important that you seal them up even if you are sure of rat activity in your basement. In case you leave them open and start setting up traps, more rats will keep coming in even after the exercise.
Set the traps and remove the rats in the basements. For this exercise, you can use both standard lethal snap traps or use the more humane live cage rat traps. In case you are setting up a snap trap or a live cage trap, ensure you have clearly defined their runways. Knowing where rats frequent in your basement could quickly help you deal with the problem at hand. Trap placement is key when it comes to getting rid of rats in your basement.
Rats in the basement
The most common type of rats that you will trap in your basement are Norway rats or brown rats. Black rats and roof rats are more common in the artic than in the Basement. Norway rats find more comfort in the basement due to the availability of food in stored items and also because it is quiet and dark. Rats will thrive in this kind of condition and will soon start nesting to multiply.
Most people don’t find cracks in the basement as a potential threat, and especially on the lower level where frost and water have damaged the concrete. However, these small gaps and cracks could easily welcome unwanted rodents into your basement and especially during the winter.
Check your home frequently for cracks and gaps and make sure they are sealed. Stumbling on a rat in your kitchen at night could feel like an isolated incident, but for rat exterminators, it could mean the population in your basement or attic is growing, and the rats are moving up to find new nesting and feeding areas.
Call a professional rat control company in Toronto to perform the extermination and subsequent cleanup. The expert will also identify all potential entry points and seal them accordingly to avoid a future rat problem. Call the Exterminators at 647-496-2211 or check our online shop for some rat control products.