Rats are mischievous, destructive pests that are unfortunately very common in the Greater Toronto Area. It’s important that you keep them off your property because they carry dangerous diseases, and they will cost you hundreds of dollars in repairs. It’s also much easier to keep them away than it is to remove them. Spices are non-toxic and readily available, but you may want to do more than use spices to keep rats away. If you’re interested in rat-proofing your home, call Rat Exterminator Burlington.
Rats are omnivorous, nocturnal rodents that burrow underground. They have shaggy brown fur, elongated bodies, rounded ears, and long, nearly hairless tails. Most rats measure about 40cm in length, tails included, and weigh approximately 230 grams. When you think of rats, you may imagine them in dirty alleys and sewers, but they are very much attracted to suburban yards in which they can build tunnels and feed on things like fallen fruit and bird seeds. The problem with having rats in the yard, however, is that they will try to get inside the house, especially when the temperature drops.
There are some herbs and spices that rats do not like, and there is some anecdotal evidence that suggests they are somewhat effective at keeping rats away. Chilli peppers, cayenne pepper, black pepper, curry powder, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and mint taste bad to rats and they do not like their smell. Spicy things like cayenne pepper are especially disliked because they can be painful. Garlic, though not a spice, has also been known to deter rats. Sprinkle these ingredients around the yard and near openings inside the home. But keep in mind that these might not be enough – you should remove what causes infestations in the first place.
If you want to keep rats off your property, make it less attractive to rats. Pull weeds, mow the lawn, and move shrubbery away from the walls of the home. Remove any scrap that is lying around the yard and be sure to pick up any fruit that fall to the ground. Use lidded garbage cans and always pick up after the dog. Use bird feeders sparingly or remove them entirely. Then, inspect the structure of your home for any gaps or cracks that rodents could use to get in. Seal up any cracks you find, and cover wall vents with a thick steel mesh. Put weatherstripping on the bottom of the garage door.
If you’re currently fighting a rat infestation, call a local pest removal company for help. Professionals have access to safe, commercial-grade rodenticides that eliminate rodents quickly and efficiently. These rodenticides only taste good to rats and they come in tamper-proof boxes that require a key to open. Inside or out, Pest Control Burlington would be happy to get rid of the rats on your property and prevent them from coming back with our guaranteed pest-proofing services. We’ll block all potential entry points. Call Pest Control Burlington now for high quality rat removal and control: 647-496-5721.