Have you ever heard the phrase “It looks like a Rat’s Nest?”

rat standing on a piece of wood

We have heard this common phrase in reference to a dirty room or even hair, but what is a real rat’s nest?

Rats build their nests in all sorts of places but many are found in trees, attics, areas overgrown shrubbery, inside walls, cabinetry or hollow ceilings. Rat nests are usually constructed of manmade debris, twigs, cotton, and plant materials.  The most important things to a rat are access to food, water, and shelter. Unfortunately, a human’s home checks off all of these items.

Know the Warning Signs

It is important to be able to identify the warning signs of a rat infestation. The most common indictors that you may have a rat infestation are finding droppings, hearing noises in the walls like squeaking or scratching, musky scent, evidence of gnawing, rat tracks, or even finding a dead rat. The best ways to prevent rats from creating their rat’s nest in your home is to repair and maintain your home. Seal up holes in the interior and exterior walls and floors, trim tree branches over your house, and block access to tunnel under your home. In addition, always pick up and clean up food. Rats and other pests are attracted to food whether it is dog food or cereal boxes. Make sure that they are all in sealed containers.

Getting Rid of Rats

There are a variety of ways to get rid of rats from lethal to non-lethal ways. The biggest problem with certain methods is that there is not way to determine where a rat will be when it dies. It is best to consult with a professional to determine the most effective methods for your home. Because of this, it is best to consult with a professional before trying to take care of a rat infestation.

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