ratWhile some parents might condone having one or two rats as pets, these rodents are generally not the kind of house guest you want lurking around your home as they chew, infest and spread diseases very quickly. Here are a few tips for controlling rats in and around your home:


Why Rats Are a Problem Around The House

Though there may be a few people out there that find rats adorable, these rodents are generally thought of as smelly, sneaky and dirty creatures that are the last thing you want to see scampering about when you come home. The nuisance factor aside, rats are actually dangerous to have lurking around the home because they carry several diseases that can be passed onto humans such as murine typhus, rate bite fever, leptospirosis, and Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS).



Preventing Rat Infestations

Scraps of food are a major attraction for rats and other rodents, so it is essential to make sure that your garbage bins are not luring these predators into your home. Always make sure that you use sturdy garbage bags that do not leak or emit food smells. It is also best to keep your garbage bins tightly closed so that rats are not tempted to seek out food scraps.


If you have any fruit trees in the backyard it is important to remove any dropped fruit from the grass as this will definitely attract rats.


Need Extra Help with Your Rat Problem?

If you have a problem with rats and other rodents in your home or garden, call in the experts who can inspect, bait and eradicate the issue. Jim’s Pest Control provides commercial and domestic pest control services throughout Australia. Call 131 546 or enquire online for more information, services and quotes.