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3 Ways to Keep Rats from Entering the Home

Looking for a way to prevent rats from entering the home? If so, then you’re in the right place! In this article, Rentokil shares some tips to keep rats from entering the home later.

Finding rats entering the home will certainly make every homeowner feel annoyed and stressed. This is certainly reasonable, because when rats enter the home, each homeowner will at least face two risks that the rat carries, for example:

  • Potential disease caused by rats in family members, and
  • Costly structural damage caused by rats to your home

Because of the agility and ingenuity of rats, it is certainly not difficult for them to find a way into your home.

Once rats entered the home, they would immediately build a nest near where they easily gained access to food and water sources. Indoor rat nests are often located in hard-to-reach places, such as behind walls, in attics, or on roofs.

Apart from the nickname of nocturnal and shy animals, generally many types of rats are generally known as commensal animals. The commensal term in rats refers to their ability to live close to a human settlement. Thus, it’s no surprise that rat pests have always been the main enemy of modern urban living.

Trying to repel rats forever can be very difficult, especially if they have already made a nest in your home. Learn more about some ways to prevent rats from entering the house that Rentokil has prepared for you below!

Why can rats enter the home?

Why can rats enter my home?

Before we go further into how to keep rats from entering the home, you need to understand some of the reasons why rats can enter the home.

Same as other pests when they invade or enter the home. The main reason rats can enter homes is because they are looking for three basic things to survive:

  • Food source
  • Water source
  • Protected or nested places

In a day, rats eat up to 10% of their body weight, and they are known not to survive without water. Rats are also always looking for a warm spot, and tend to stay dry when the rainy season arrives.

Not only does your home provide them with enough food and beverage sources, but it also provides an ideal environment for nested or protected rats. So this is the main reason why rats enter the home, if possible.

How can we keep rats from entering the home?

Rat pests are agile and flexible creatures. They are known to take every opportunity to enter your home. In most cases, rats enter the home through three access points, including:

  • Holes or gaps in the wall
  • Roofs
  • Waterway pipe

One of the most common types of rats in residential Indonesia is the roof rat. Roof rats are very capable climbers. They can enter your home by climbing trees that come into direct contact with the building to reach the roof of the home and build a nest there.

On the other hand, there is a strain of rats known as Norwegian rats that build nests in lower areas or on ground surfaces. These types of rats often dig holes in the ground to nest under home buildings or near landfills.

Strains of rats can swim through sewers and enter your home through drain pipes. So, if you find the occurrence of rats from the sewer on the bathroom floor, it is most likely a strain of rats.

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Seeing an explanation of how easily rats enter your home, it is important that you take the initial steps to keep rats from entering your home long before you even see them in your home.

Here are three ways to prevent rats from entering homes based on their primary access points:

  1. Close any gaps and holes in the wall
  2. Repair damage to the roof of the home
  3. Cover the drain pipe with iron wire mesh

1. Close any gaps and holes in the wall

Mouse Hole
Image of a rat entering from a small hole

Rats can easily enter your home through very small holes or gaps in your walls. Rat bodies even allow them to fit into holes as small as the diameter of a pencil! Therefore, if there is a hole in the wall larger than 5 mm, do not be surprised if there will be a lot of rats passing through the access.

When preventing rats from entering the home through gaps and holes in the walls, you should start by conducting a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior walls of the home.

Look carefully for gaps or holes large enough in the walls through which rats may access your home. Immediately cover all holes in the wall using stainless steel wire and tape (water, cement, and sand) to prevent rats from entering the home.

2. Repair damage to the roof of the home

Rat Hid space between wooden Beam
Image of a rat hiding on the roof of the home

It would not be a coincidence if the roof rats were named as such. Roof rats are known to be more nimble than other types of rats in finding ways to enter your home, especially through the roof of the home.

Roof rats have to climb up a variety of terrain, such as tree branches and power poles, to gain access to your home through the gaps found on the roof of a broken tile.

Immediately check the holes or gaps in the damaged tile and make repairs to prevent rats from entering the home through this point.

3. Cover the drain pipe with iron wire mesh

Rat in Drainage Hole
Image of rats entering from the drains

Did you know that rats can enter the home through the waterways of the toilet or sink?

While this may sound unbelievable, it is not impossible to see the emergence of rats from the home toilet!

In fact, strains of rats, also known as “sewer rats”, are commonly found to be nested and can mobilise through drainage systems. A strain of rats can even swim up to half a mile in open water and survive in an aqueous environment for a full three days!

In addition, the waterway pipe provides a good living environment for rats. This is mainly because the waterway pipes provide all the basic things rats need to survive in one place: food, water, and a place to nest.

The best way to repel a strain of rat or prevent a strain of rat from entering the home is to do the following:

  • Cover the end of the waterway pipe that protrudes into the outdoor sewer with an iron wire mesh.
  • Make sure to immediately close the leaking pipe due to breakage or cracking
  • Cover the drain holes on the bathroom floor with iron floor drains
  • Familiarise yourself with closing the toilet after it has been used

Repel rats forever with Rentokil.

We understand that finding problems with many rats at home can be a very bothersome and frustrating problem.

If you can see one rats in your home, this could be an early sign that more nested rats in your home. And even if a rat is seen wandering around the home during the day, that means their nest is already too dense. Or, to put it another way, now you’re facing a serious rat problem at home!

How to repel rats with Rentokil

Rentokil has been a professional rat repellent service for homes and businesses in Indonesia for more than 50 years. We offer the most effective way to repel rats and ensure that they do not enter your home at a later date through:

  • Identify the source and extent of the rat pest infestation in your area
  • Recommend targeted and tailored rat control solutions to meet your needs
  • Repel rats in a safe and fast way from home and ensure they do not enter the home in the future

Call Rentokil today at 150808 or fill out our online form to schedule a FREE rat pest survey immediately or find out the price of rat repellant services for your home.