You may say that a rodent control approach is truly effective if it grasps the very essence of dealing with rats at the first place. The basic groundings for an effective rat control approach is on the fact that it is quite difficult to handle rat infestations inside a community setting if one would utilize extermination efforts alone. This simply means, you would have to take into consideration of some basic factors, such as food and water sources, as well shelters. These things ought to be limited through human effort in order to fully optimize any extermination and control methods to be used on rats.
These following steps and considerations will enable you to provide basis for a truly effective rodent/ rat control method:
1. Know your opponent.
In this case are rats. You may never know how to effectively deal and combat rats in the long run if you don't know how their biology works. If you want to know more about rats, you must read on some fact sheets about rats as creatures and then as pests. Get into the mind of your opponent to know how they work their way in. If you know how they work their way in, you will know how to work to keep them out.
Ignorance is more than half the time a setback. If you are ignorant and unaware of their presence, they may have been already proliferating beyond your control without you being even conscious about it. Make it a point to regularly check on their presence. Detect early on if there are indeed any rodent activities inside your house.
Sanitation is always the king of all rat control factors to consider. If you're house is a hundred percent neat and clean at the first place, then you wouldn't even have to bother yourself with a single rat at all. Unless of course if you happen to be domesticating ones. Sanitation is the most effective way to control rats' food and water resources as well as their shelter areas.
4. Don't Feed Your Opponent
You know that they will bite your hands back in return when you feed them, so why feed them? You may not immediately realize, but your pet dog's leftover food, manure, as well as open garbage cans have been inviting rats all over the house to party. Make sure that such instances don't happen. Always clean up after you feed your pets or just feed your pets outside of your house, but still clean up afterward. And remember to always keep your garbage bins and cans tightly closed to prevent open invitations to rats. As much as possible always clean up trash bins every day to ensure that no garbage will stay for too long inside the house to become a welcoming card for rats.
5. Cut off their Water Supply
There are certain containers or items that may hold and accumulate water over time. These things may also serve as water sources for rats and they would never pass on that chance. Make sure to dump the water deposits away so that they will never accumulate at all.
6. Think About What You are Doing
So okay, pets may leave leftover food as the often don't finish up their meals. But it's not only animals that do that. Even we, humans would often do such things and we sometimes carelessly leave them around just like that. What we are less aware of, that during these sometimes, are the only opportunity rats would ever need to infest your house. So make sure you clean up afterwards every time and everywhere there might be food leftovers around. Particularly after meals, or when grilling BBQs outside the house, greases from oil and sauces, you have to make sure you do cleaning up afterwards.
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