white rat on red leaves during fall

How to Keep Rats Out of the Garage

Rats chew on literally everything, including cardboard boxes, stored holiday decorations, sports equipment, and electrical wires. They also carry a variety of deadly illnesses that can be lethal to your family. If you have a garage filled with junk, there is a good chance you also have rats.

Identifying a rat problem
If you spot a rat, living or dead, you can be sure there are more. Other signs of rats include finding droppings, nests, and belongings that have been chewed. Keeping rats out of your garage depends on making it a place where they wouldn’t want to live in the first place.

Follow these suggestions to keep your garage free from rat infestations.

Do not store food or water
Rats can smell food, no matter how well it’s packaged. Don’t store food in your garage. Rats also need water to survive. Fix leaks right away, and don’t let water pool on the floor.

Keep the garage tidy
Rats love cluttered environments, because it provides them with warm shelter and lots of hiding spots from predators. De-cluttering your garage and keeping it clean make it unattractive to rats.

Eliminate holes
If rats are in your garage, they likely entered through holes in the walls or garage door. Fill holes with steel wool and then caulk around it. Examine the garage regularly and make sure there aren’t any new holes.

Install a rat deterrent
A rat deterrent is an electronic device that uses ultrasonic sound – which the human ear cannot detect – that is annoying to rats. These devices are good at keeping away future infestations, as well as getting rid of the current rats.

Use poison
Rat poison is a successful method of killing, repelling, and keeping future infestations away. However, there is always the problem of having poison out in the open, which can be deadly to your kids and pets.

We can help
No matter how intimidating or pervasive your pest problem, you can trust that Amco Ranger knows exactly how to handle it and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Give us a call today if you need help getting rid of rats in your home in Cottleville, St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Charles, and surrounding communities.

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