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How To Avoid Rats In Your Home This Winter

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As the days get chillier and the temperature continues to drop, we generally prefer to stay indoors with a warm fire and a comfortable warming atmosphere. Sadly, rats are no different in this behaviour when it comes to survival and the cold weather in Cornwall. As the winter begins to take hold the rats constantly search for shelter, warmth and food to survive the harsh Cornish winters. Here is how to prevent rats from entering your house and business premises in the winter.

Why Do Rats Enter Your Home

Did you know that rats do not hibernate during the winter! Therefore, they need to ensure their continuing survival by finding adequate shelter, warmth and a food source to keep them going. They enter your house in search of these things and more, and that is why their sightings increase exponentially during the winter and festive season. They will gather food and start stocking it so it can last through the winter.

Where Will You Find Rats In Your Home

Attic
Basements
Cabinets
Closets
Drawers
Empty wardrobe

What Are The Obvious Signs Of A Rat Infestation

The first thing you need to do is keep an eye on the various signs that may be present in your home in the case of a possible rat infestation. These are the most common signs of a rat problem:

Burrows
Footprints
Rat Droppings
Rub Marks
Scratching Noises

If you have any of the above, then you must get professional pest control help immediately as rats are dangerous and can transfer a number of nasty diseases to humans and pets.

How To Prevent An Rat Infestation

It is vitally important for you to take precautions so that you do not create an inviting atmosphere for these pets. Follow the listed below recommendation to minimise the chances of an infestation.

Keep your house tidy. Do not provide them with the opportunity to infest.
Do not provide convenient places for them to hide. Seal all potential entry points.
Do not keep food lying around. Store it in proper containers.
Use proper methods to discard food sources as they prefer rubbish.
Keep your doors and windows closed.

What To Do If You Have A Rat Infestation

Even after following all the above prevention protocols thoroughly, there is still a big possibility that these rodents may find a way into your home and infest it. If this is now the case, the DIY methods are not recommended and frankly it is time to call pest control experts to take control of the situation.

Pest Control Cornwall

Need a pest control expert fast? Terminate Pest Control offers affordable, effective and professional pest management services to eliminate pests from your home or business. With branches in Cornwall and Brighton, our expert pest technicians offer a fast response to your pest problems. Whether you are suffering from an infestation of bed bugs, rodents, insects or need bird control, we can help.