Did you just hear a neighbor shriek the dreaded three letter word ‘rat’? Are you worried about these creatures becoming an unwanted guest in your home? Fear not, if you haven’t seen any signs of a rat infestation so far, chances are that these pesky rodents haven’t moved in yet. We know you’d like it to stay that way, so the pest control professionals at ServiceMarket have prepared a guide for you to be able to rat-proof your home.
The dangers of a rat house guest
While you may have a soft spot for mammals, a wild rat is a rodent you want to avoid crossing paths with. Wild rats have been spreading disease and death for centuries and are no less dangerous in this day and age. Weil’s disease, a serious bacterial infection, for example, can be passed on to humans from rats. Besides being a health hazard, rats destroy food and can cause fires by chewing through your electrical wiring. Unfortunately, rats are one of the most common pests found in Dubai.
Why do rats move in
Rats are always looking for a space that provides them their three essentials: food, shelter and water. If you have an unkempt attic or yard, improperly stored food in your pantry and a leaking faucet, chances are that a rat will move in sooner or later, especially if you live in an area of Dubai where they are commonly found. They are nimble creatures that can easily find their way inside your villa.
Since it is much easier to prevent a rat infestation, than it is to control it, here are some steps you can take to prevent rats from getting into your house:
Seal cracks and holes with caulk
Rats can squeeze in through tiny openings that were cut into a wall to allow plumbing pipes or utility cables into the house. You need to inspect every inch of your home for these openings and seal with caulk or concrete.
Metal grates over the drains
Rats are great swimmers. They can come up into your house through the plumbing. Install metal grates on all the drains in your home to prevent this from happening. Check plumbing pipes for damage regularly.
Block the vents
Place a sturdy wire mesh over all the vents in your home and check them regularly for signs of damage. Rats are great at chewing their way in.
Don’t allow any wriggle room
Rats can crawl in under doors so screw on a door sweep or put in a door threshold. If you are more aesthetically inclined, a door threshold will look better, otherwise a simple bristle or rubber sweep should do the job.
Fit windows and screens tightly
You don’t want a rat to saunter in through a gap in the window. Make sure to check window screens regularly for damage.
Keep the lid on
It is quite possible that you could one day walk into the bathroom, only to find a rat coming up through the toilet. Remember they are great swimmers? Make it a habit to keep the lid on the toilet seat closed to prevent such a horrifying surprise.
Proof the roof
Rats can climb up the side of your house using pipes or cables. Check the roof for any damage or gaps. Close all the openings using caulk and wire meshes to prevent them from squeezing in.
Has the guest checked in already
If you already saw a rat scurrying around a corner in middle of the night, the above steps won’t be of much help. In fact, they will probably seal in the rat. While you could take away its sources of food and water by cleaning up spills, storing food properly and fixing any leaks, there is a good chance that the rat will find a way to survive. And however cringe worthy it sounds, if you spotted one rat, there are probably more inhabiting your house. In such a case, get quotes for rodent control in Dubai through ServiceMarket.