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If you suffer from rats in your yard or home, you are dealing with a serious problem. Rats are unsanitary animals that spread infectious diseases and can destroy your belongings by gnawing on them day and night. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you contact a licensed rat exterminator immediately. A professional rat exterminator can assess the situation, set targeted traps and then regularly monitor for successful results. This way, you are assured of a quick solution to your rat problem.

Fighting your own rats? What can you do?

If you are suffering from rats, it is important to take quick action to get the situation under control. While professional help from a licensed rat exterminator may sometimes be necessary, there are also several steps you can take yourself to control rats and prevent them from returning. In this context, I will provide you with some effective methods and techniques that you can implement yourself to control rats.

Keep your house clean:

Uncluttered and dirty environments can contribute to the presence of rats in and around your home. It is important to keep your home and yard clean and tidy to reduce potential hiding places and food sources for rats. Make sure trash and food scraps are cleaned up regularly and stored in locked containers to deter rats. Rats can easily hide in piles of trash, leaves or litter, so make sure your yard and surrounding area remain tidy to reduce the risk of a rat infestation.

Seal any holes in your property:

Rats can enter your home through small openings in walls, ceilings and floors. It is important to identify and repair these holes to prevent rats from getting inside. This can be done, for example, by using caulk, cement or putty to fill holes. Be sure to seal all holes and cracks, including the smallest openings, because rats can wriggle through very small openings. Sealing these holes and cracks will make it harder for rats to gain access to your home and reduce the chances of a rat infestation.

Keep the environment clean:

It is important to remove debris regularly to deter rats and prevent them from being attracted to your home or yard. Rats are opportunistic eaters and may gravitate to garbage and food scraps. Therefore, make sure garbage is not left lying around for long and that it is stored properly. Use sturdy containers with tightly closing lids to prevent rats from accessing the waste. Place the containers in a safe place and make sure they cannot fall over so that the contents are not dispersed. It is also important not to leave food scraps on the ground or on uncovered compost piles, as this can attract rats. By regularly removing garbage and storing it in sturdy, tightly sealed containers, you can reduce the risk of a rat infestation in your home or garden.

Rat poison:

Using rat poison or traps can be an effective way to control rats. Rat poison can be used to kill rats by making them eat the poison specifically designed for rats. However, it is important to be careful when using rat poison because it can also harm other animals or pets if they accidentally eat the poison. It is therefore advisable to use rat poison only in areas where other animals cannot reach it.

Rat Traps:

Rat traps can also be used to trap and kill rats. Several types of traps are available, such as clap traps and cage traps. Slap traps kill rats directly by a striking mechanism, while cage traps catch rats alive so they can later be released elsewhere. It is important to place traps properly, such as near potential rat hiding places, and to check them regularly to remove dead rats quickly.

Do you want to prevent rats? Then take the following measures:

There are several measures you can take to prevent rats:

  • Keep your home and yard clean and tidy to reduce potential hiding places and food sources.
  • Repair holes and openings in walls, ceilings and floors to prevent rats from entering.
  • Use sturdy, tightly sealed containers to store waste and dispose of waste regularly.
  • Increase the availability of food for rats by cleaning up food scraps and not leaving food on the ground.
  • Make sure your home is well ventilated and avoid moisture problems, as rats like to nest in damp places.
  • Prim branches of trees and shrubs away from the house, as rats can reach the house through this route.
  • Control your house and yard regularly for signs of rat infestation and take measures such as using rat poison or traps if necessary.

By taking these measures, you can reduce the risk of a rat infestation in and around your home and thus prevent rats from becoming a problem.

What should you especially not do?

If rats are present in a home or restaurant, there are certain things you should not do:

  • Do not use chemical pesticides without professional advice: using chemicals incorrectly can be harmful to people, pets and the environment.
  • Do not dispose of food in places where rats have easy access: this can attract rats and increase their numbers.
  • Do not trap rats in enclosed spaces, such as a locked room or container: rats can die in enclosed spaces and create an unpleasant odor and hygiene problems.
  • Do not use toxic substances or products not intended for rat control: this can lead to serious health problems or death of people, pets or other animals.

In the event of a rat infestation, it is important to seek professional help. A licensed pest controller can take the proper measures to remove the rats and prevent further spread, and can advise you on preventive measures to avoid another rat infestation.

What is the cost of rat control?

The cost of rat control can vary, depending on several factors such as the severity of the infestation, the size of the area to be treated and the method of control chosen.

In general, the cost of controlling rats is between €100 and €300, but this may be higher if more intensive measures are needed or if multiple treatments are required.

It is important to realize that fighting rats yourself is usually not effective and can lead to higher costs in the long run. It is therefore advisable to hire a licensed pest controller who has the right expertise to properly control the rat infestation and prevent further spread. The cost of hiring a professional rat exterminator can pay for itself by preventing further damage and nuisance.

Fighting rats in your yard? Follow this tip:

If you have rats in your garden, here are some tips you can follow to reduce the nuisance:

  • Keep your garden clean and tidy: remove trash, piles of debris and overgrown plants that can provide hiding places for rats.
  • Storage food: make sure food is kept in tightly sealed containers, and not on the ground or where rats can easily reach it.
  • Place rat-resistant litter bins: these are litter bins designed to keep rats out. Make sure the bins are securely closed and emptied regularly.
  • Repair any holes or cracks in walls or fences: rats can crawl through small openings, so repair these to prevent them from entering your yard.
  • Make use of natural pesticides: there are several natural methods for deterring rats, such as placing scented plants or using ultrasonic devices.
  • Ponder hiring professional help: if the rat nuisance persists, it is wise to hire a professional pest controller who has the right expertise to properly control the rats and prevent further spread.

By following these tips, you can reduce the chances of a rat infestation in your yard and reduce the nuisance.

Species of rats:

The brown rat:

brown rat
The brown rat (Rattus norvegicus), also called the Norway rat, is a well-known pest species and is found worldwide. They are highly adaptable and can survive in both urban and rural environments. Brown rats have a body length of about 20-30 cm and a tail of about 18-25 cm. They have an average weight of 250-500 grams.

Brown rats are omnivores and feed on food scraps, grains, seeds, insects, dead animals and garbage. They are mainly active at night and can cause extensive damage to buildings, pipes and electrical wiring by gnawing on these materials. They are also known to spread diseases such as leptospirosis, salmonellosis and Weil’s disease.

Controlling brown rats can be difficult because of their ability to reproduce quickly and adapt to different environments. It is therefore important to take quick action when a rat infestation is suspected and seek professional help.

The black rat.

black rat
The black rat (Rattus rattus), also called the roof rat, is a slender rat with a pointed snout and large ears. They are usually between 16 and 24 cm long with a tail about the same length as their body. They have dark brown or black fur and their belly is often gray or white in color.

Black rats are omnivores and their diet consists mainly of grains, seeds, nuts and fruits. They prefer dry, warm environments and are often found in buildings and houses. They can cause significant damage to food supplies and buildings by gnawing on materials and digging nests in walls and floors.

Black rats are also known to be carriers of diseases, such as plague and leptospirosis, and can also carry fleas and ticks that transmit diseases to humans and animals.

Controlling black rats is often difficult because of their ability to climb and hide in small openings. Professional rat controllers can use various methods to reduce the presence of black rats, such as setting traps and sealing openings in buildings. Preventing a rat infestation begins with taking preventive measures such as keeping buildings clean and storing food in sealed containers.

Frequently asked questions:


Are rats dangerous to humans?

Rats can be dangerous to humans, mainly because of the diseases they can carry and spread. Rats can transmit several diseases, including hantavirus, leptospirosis, rat-bite fever and salmonella.

People can contract these diseases by coming into contact with rat urine, feces or saliva, or by being bitten by a rat. Rats can also indirectly contribute to the spread of diseases by carrying fleas and ticks that transmit these diseases.

In addition, rats can also cause physical damage to property, such as cables and insulation, and can damage and contaminate food supplies.

Thus, it is important to take precautions to keep rats away and to seek professional help if a rat infestation occurs.


What diseases can rats transmit?

Rats can transmit several diseases to humans, including:

  1. Weil’s disease: a bacterial infection transmitted through rat urine and can cause fever, muscle pain, jaundice and kidney problems.
  2. Hantavirus infection: a viral infection transmitted through rat urine, feces or saliva and can lead to fever, muscle pain and respiratory problems.
  3. Pest: a bacterial infection transmitted through fleas living on rats and can lead to fever, swelling of lymph nodes and breathing problems.
  4. Salmonellosis: a bacterial infection transmitted through rat urine and can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever.
  5. Listeriosis: a bacterial infection that is transmitted through rat urine and can cause fever, muscle pain and diarrhea.

It is therefore important to take rat infestations seriously and control them to prevent the spread of these diseases.


How do I know if there are rats in my house?

There are several signs that may indicate that there are rats in your home. Here are a few clues to watch out for:

  • Droppings: Rats often leave droppings where they forage or nest. These droppings are dark and about 1-2 cm long.
  • Spores: Rats leave tracks such as footprints or drag marks in dusty areas.
  • Scratching or scraping noises: If you hear scratching or scraping noises in walls, ceilings or floors at night, this may indicate the presence of rats.
  • Smell: Rats leave behind a strong odor similar to ammonia. If you notice this odor, it may indicate the presence of rats.
  • Damaged items: Rats gnaw on almost anything to keep their teeth short. So if you notice damaged items or gnaw marks on wooden furniture or doors, this may indicate the presence of rats.

If you suspect that there are rats in your home, it is advisable to hire a professional rat exterminator as soon as possible to address the problem.


How big can rats get?

The size of rats varies depending on the species. In general, adult rats have a length of 15-30 cm, with a tail that can be another 15-25 cm. Brown rats, for example, can be 20-27 cm long, with a tail of 17-23 cm. Black rats are generally smaller than brown rats, with a length of 16-24 cm and a tail of 17-26 cm. A rat’s weight can range from 100-500 grams, depending on age, sex and diet.


How long do rats live?

Rats generally have a lifespan of about 2 to 3 years in the wild. In captivity, however, they can live longer, up to 4 years. A rat’s lifespan can be affected by several factors, including diet, habitat and genetic predisposition. Rats have a rapid reproductive cycle and can reproduce quickly, which contributes to their survival and presence in the wild and in urban areas.

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