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How to Locate and Seal Off Entry Points for Rats in Your House

Dealing with a rat infestation is truly a nightmare, but what if there was a way to prevent a rat infestation before it even begins? Thankfully, there are rat exclusion methods that focus on locating potential rat entry points and sealing them off before the nuisance rodents can get in your house.

Rat Exclusion Methods

The three main steps for rat exclusion include:

  1. An Exterior Property Inspection

To exclude rats, a thorough property inspection must first be conducted. The exterior of your home should be examined for tiny gaps and holes that a rat could squeeze through to get inside. Areas to pay particular attention to include:

  • Your foundation and where your foundation meet your walls
  • Windows and doors
  • Attics and crawl spaces
  • Plumbing pipes and electrical lines
  • Garage door thresholds
  • Chimney, roof vents, and soffits
  1. Sealing Gaps and Holes on Your Property


    Once any gaps have been found, it is vital to seal them as soon as possible. However, depending on where the opening is found, a specific type of sealing material may be required. Materials needed to seal gaps and holes around your property include:

    • Caulk
    • Hardware cloth
    • Screening
    • Steel wool


  2. Regularly Reinspect Your Property

Rats have strong teeth that they use to chew through even the toughest materials. If they smell food on the other side of a wall, they are quite capable of gnawing their way through. To keep your home rat-free, it is vital to frequently check any sealed holes to ensure they are reinforced. Additionally, regular inspections are recommended to discover and seal any new holes or gaps that may have popped up since your last inspection.

Just because you’ve sealed a hole with the right material does not mean that it will stay sealed or that no new ones will appear. If rats have chewed their way through your defenses, call the professional rat removal experts at Critter Control® of Orlando for efficient and effective rat removal and rat exclusion services.

Professional Rat Removal and Rat Exclusion Services in Orlando, Florida

The licensed rat removal professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando are trained and equipped to locate and seal off rat entry points around your home to keep your Orlando-area property rat-free. All of our services are safe, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and permanent.

To schedule an inspection of your Orlando property and receive a free estimate for our rat removal services, call Critter Control® of Orlando today at 407-295-7194.


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