How to Inspect Your Home for Rats

My Exterminator, serving the Northern Virginia area, knows that rats are one of the most unpleasant house guests. Our unique ecology makes for a great habitat, however, and more often than not, these small pests will find their way into our houses.

We understand homeowners want to perform due diligence in preventing rats and rodents from entering their houses, but it's hard. Rats can enter your home through exterior openings that measure less than the size of a quarter in diameter and are capable of making an entry if there is none present.

Read below so that you'll know exactly what to keep an eye out for to avoid a single rat turning into a bigger problem. If you notice any of these signs, contact-us right away. Our fully trained, professional technicians are waiting on standby.

With almost 40 years in the business, we've learned a thing or two about rats in homes. We'll use our expertise to help eliminate all traces of rodents, and to help ensure they don't return.

Obvious Signs, and Signs You Might Overlook

  • Evidence of droppings in the corners of cabinets.
  • Chewed or shredded dry-pantry storage items.
  • Dark or greasy marks on baseboards and cabinet bases.
  • Chewed or scratched exterior kitchen cabinets, door frames or baseboards.
  • An odor that’s centralized to one location, typically in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • Pulled up carpet fibers or upholstery.
  • Shredded insulation in the attic, or evidence of tunnels under the insulation.
  • Small stains on the ceiling.
  • Running, shifting, scratching or gnawing noises from the walls.
  • Random items being knocked over in pantry or kitchen when no one is in the area.
  • Piles of leaves or other vegetation in the flower beds.
  • Small holes dug around the exterior foundation.
  • Household pets that are attracted to a single area, such as behind the stove, under sinks or near an entry point.

Inspect Common Entry Points

  1. Drain Pipes that come off your roof gutters.
  2. Small holes surrounding doors and windows that are at ground-level.
  3. Gaps in the exterior foundation, siding or trim.
  4. Water heater or dryer vents.
  5. Attic louvers and other ventilation systems.

It's imperative that should you discover any signs of rats in your home, that you contact My Exterminator for professional help right away. Not only are rodents difficult to remove through DIY measures, but they carry the potential to transmit dangerous diseases to humans. When it comes to rodents, you'll need a licensed, trained and experienced pest control service like My Exterminator to ensure that your home is pest-free.

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