Did you know that a common pest problem in January are rats? There are many types of pests in Nebraska that are active during the winter months, but rats top the list. Rats are one of the most frustrating household pests. They harbor diseases, they destroy your house, and they can contaminate your food.
When rats find ways into your home, they can make life messy. Rodents are attracted to homes in the winter because they need access to heat and food. When these resources become scarce outside, they are more likely to head towards houses.
The best strategy to protect your home starts with keeping these pests from entering your home. Once an infestation has begun, it can be difficult to remove. Here are some quick tips to protect your home.
1. Make sure all to fill all gaps, cracks, and holes. Check your home for any openings the size of a quarter or more significant. When sealing these cracks and holes, make sure you are working with the proper materials.
2. Never feed rats. Rats are incredibly resourceful pests. They will find things to eat in or around your home. So make sure you have all of your garbage cans securely closed.
3. Remove their ability to build a home. These pests will make a home out of almost anything. If you have firewood outside, make sure you store it at least 18 inches above the ground and at least a foot away from your home.
4. Call a professional. The best way to eliminate rats from your home is to call on professionals when you see the signs of a potential rat infestation. Rats can be dangerous, so don't take any chances when dealing with them.