There are a few people out there that have sworn by methods such as essential oils as a method to drive out rats. While some of them suggest that these are great methods in keep rats at bay, there are others that suggest they’ve had no such luck with them, so it’ll be a matter of personal choice. Contact your local animal control. When it comes to animal control, they’ve seen and dealt with just about any animal you can think of. For this reason, animal control might be your strongest ally when finding new and creative, but safe ways to remove a rat from your home or prevent future rats from making a home there.
While we’ve discussed many ways in which you can prevent rats from making a home in your home or office, and how to remove them, we’ve never really discussed how you wound up with a rat problem in the first place. Rats much like many animals are simply looking for a place that is warm, safe, and will provide them an abundance of food. While out in the wild, rats are faced with naturally known predators, food shortages, and not having a suitable place to nest and have babies.
When a rat finds entry into the building its main thoughts are it’s a place that predators won’t or can’t hurt or kill them, likely there’s food in a plentiful supply and it’s large, which means plenty of nesting grounds. One thing most people don’t know is that a rat won’t leave a place it’s made home from without extreme circumstances. Most rats are smart enough to understand that if they’re lucky to find a place to call home which is safe and has food then there is no need to leave. Literally, unless they’re going to face death, they’ll stay until they’re absolutely forced out. This is perhaps one of the reasons that rats can be so hard to remove and why infestations can happen so easily. Let’s talk about signs that you might have a rat and how to identify the tell-tale signs that one or more rats have decided to make a home out of your home.
One of the very first signs that people encounter when discovering they have a rat problem are catching brief site of the rat itself. While they will come out in daylight, they’re more nocturnal creatures by habit because they can move unseen easier in the dark without being noticed. For those who may not have caught sight of the rat yet, rat droppings are the first major sign. In dresser drawers among other places like baseboards, cabinets, and drawers, you’ll see little black might droppings.