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How to deter rats

Discovering rats in your home or business can be very distressing. Luckily there are ways you can deter rats and prevent an infestation. Proofing your property to deny them entry, removing easy access to food and water and using other rat deterrents can really make a difference.

Rats need easy and consistent access to a water source, even though they only drink around 15-60ml per day. They will eat almost anything available, but they do prefer to eat small amounts of a variety of different foods.

Call Rentokil at 1-877-690-2115 to arrange an inspection to check for signs of rats.

Rat deterrent tips

See our tips below on practical ways to prevent a rat problem:

  • Keep food in metal or glass containers with tight-fitting lids.

  • Tidy inside the property and around the yard. Less clutter means fewer places to hide.

  • Place outdoor garbage bags in bins that cannot be gnawed through by rats. Make sure lids are securely fitted to stop them from feeding on contents.

  • Clean up pet food and bird seed debris, and store pet food in robust containers with fitted lids — preferably above ground level.

  • Keep the yard free from debris. If you have a compost heap, put a screen around it with 1/4 inch hardware cloth, as the compost will attract them.

  • Avoid bird feeders that have the potential to spill and attract rats.

Proofing your property

By proofing your property, you will make it less attractive to rodents. Rats will take any opportunity to enter your home or business in the search for shelter and food.

Roof rats are good climbers and will happily inhabit lofts. Norway rats can climb but will more often burrow. They are very adept at swimming in sewers and drain systems. Both species will gnaw at gaps to enlarge them enough for easy entry.

  • Entrances - fit sweeps to the bottom of doors and weather-stripping around exterior doors as a deterrent. Young rats can squeeze through small gaps under doorways and will also use cat flaps to enter. They will enlarge gaps by gnawing to enter homes via garages.

  • Gaps in exterior walls - fill holes or small openings around utility cables or pipe work with stainless steel wire wool and sealant or concrete. Steel or aluminum plating can be used. Rats can jump, so check up to a height of about 4 feet (1.25 m).

  • Roofs - repair roof damage and use wire mesh to seal gaps. Trim vegetation away from your property. Rats climb along electrical cables or use overhanging branches to get into loft spaces and attics through gaps in broken roof tiles or under eaves.

  • Drains and sewer pipes - keep toilet seat lids closed. Rats have been known to swim up damaged sewer pipes and get around u-bends in toilets. They will also use drain pipes and drainage outlets. Use tightly fitting metal grates or screens to cover drains, especially in basement areas. Check that all drain pipes are in good working order.

  • Eliminate clutter and items like firewood next to your property.

Need professional rat deterrents?

Consistent professional pest control is the most reliable form of prevention. Rat bait stations professionally managed by Rentokil are trusted rat deterrents and are tamper-resistant, even in locations where children or pets are present.

Your local qualified Rentokil Technician can provide the most suitable treatments to get rid of rats in your home or business. Professional services are often the most reliable way to guarantee a long-term solution to a pest problem.

Call Rentokil today at 1-877-690-2115 or contact us online to see how we can help you with a rat problem.


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