A burrow is a small rat infestation which can expand to a hierarchy. This hierarchy will develop very quickly unless you take action to eliminate an infestation before it worsens. When threatened, these pests can act in an aggressive manner, such as by biting and chasing. Known for dwelling in urban areas, suburbs and cities, they can live comfortably in a human’s environment, particularly if there a steady food source and clumps of vegetation nearby. Having trouble dealing with an infestation after identifying one? If so, understand sense of smell, tracks and varieties for successful rat trapping.
Rat Trap Positioning
There is no use positioning just a single rat trap in an area of the home where an infestation is suspected, because these rodents will breed and move to different areas. Position a number of traps around the home for the best results. In most cases, the rat population is a lot larger than it seems, so try to space the traps approximately 20 feet apart. When placed at a right angle near a wall, the trap will trigger instantly when a rat comes into contact with it, allowing you to trap the rodent without a problem.
Don’t just pay attention to the rat-infested areas inside the home, because these rodents find a way inside the home from the outdoors. Moisture tends to attract rats, and moisture has a big effect on infestations. Some simple precautions will keep the pests at bay, such as trimming shrubbery and grass, diverting gutter water away from the property foundation, and hiring a plumber to unblock drains. Burrows and nests are favoured hiding places for rats, so check bushes for holes and signs of complex tunnel systems. If you uncover something unusual, set down some traps and contact a professional.
Using the Proper Bait
Known for being opportunistic feeders, rats prefer certain foods over others. The problem with human environments is that this provides rats with plenty of resources, such as animal food and scraps of meat. Food that is high in protein will appeal to rats the most, and the habits of a rodent will vary depending on what food is available inside the home. Keep surfaces free of crumbs and use bait like butter, peanut butter, oats or chocolate. Nesting materials will also work well.
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