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Rats inside your homeIf able to breach your home, rats can cause serious damage and contamination throughout. Once inside, rats will nest, breed rapidly, and chew on anything in their path to help dull their constantly-growing front teeth. If you notice signs of a rat infestation in your home, you may wonder how they could have gained entry in the first place. Here are some of the most common ways rats can get inside your home.

Common Rat Entry Points

Rats typically access homes through the following points of entry:

  • Cracks in the walls and foundation – It may not seem possible, but rats can squeeze through tiny spaces much smaller than the size of their body like foundation cracks and holes in the walls and floors in their search for food and shelter.
  • Garage doors – If left open or not properly sealed against the ground, garage doors can provide rats easy access to the interior of your home.
  • Ventilation ducts – Rats not only use a home’s ventilation ducts to gain entry but also to navigate and spread their infestation throughout the home.
  • Underground pipes – Rats can penetrate your home from below by traveling through underground plumbing.
  • Roof access – Gutters and overhanging limbs from nearby trees can grant rats access to your roof. If damaged or deteriorated, your roof corners, shingles, and plywood can be gnawed through leading rats straight into your attic.
  • Chimneys – Once on your roof, rats will use any means available to access your home, including Santa’s preferred method of entry.

 Permanent Rat Removal

Regardless of how rats entered your home, the expert technicians at Critter Control® of Orlando will isolate your infestation, remove the rats, and permanently seal their point of entry to ensure they do not return. If you are suffering from a rat infestation, trust the dedicated and experienced professionals at Critter Control® of Orlando to handle your problem. Call us today at 407-295-7194 to schedule your free consultation.

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