Maryland's Guide To Effective Norway Rat Control

11/12/2021

How familiar are you with rats? If you have ever lived in a major city, you might be so familiar with these pests that seeing them doesn’t scare you at all. The only problem is, you don’t have to be scared of rats for them to cause serious problems around your Maryland home. One common species of rat that regularly get indoors to cause trouble for locals is the Norway rat. To help you keep these pests out of your living areas, here are some things to consider today.

A Norway rat in a shed.

The Reasons Norway Rats Invade Homes

There are three main reasons that a Norway rat might decide to break into your Maryland home. The first is that they are cold or hot and are seeking a more climate-controlled environment. The second reason is that they are hungry or thirsty and start to wonder if your home would be a good place to scavenge. The third reason Norway rats break into homes is that they see an entry point and wonder what is beyond it. 

Some Threats Norway Rats Pose

Norway rats are considered by many to be the most problematic species of rodents that live in our area. To start, they have larger and stronger teeth than other rodents. Unlike mice that can only chew through materials like wood and plastic, Norway rats’ teeth are strong enough to break apart things like aluminum siding and soft concrete. When inside homes, these pests will chew holes through walls, gnaw on furniture legs, and tear things apart, items such as insulation and fabrics. If this wasn’t bad enough, Norway rats can also spread a variety of disease-causing organisms. Some of these organisms are transmitted to humans through fecal dropping and urine. Others are spread through parasitic pests like fleas and ticks.

Strategies To Prevent Norway Rats

If you are not currently having trouble with Norway rats inside your home, now is your time to take action to keep these pests outside. If you have some extra time on your hands, here are some great tips and tricks to try today. 

  • Use a caulking gun and some steel wool to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  • Repair major damage to the exterior of your home and outbuildings.
  • Make sure your window/door screens are in good working order.
  • Keep your living areas clean and tidy.
  • Address moisture issues in and around your home.
  • Make sure your trash cans are tightly sealed.
  • Store food inside airtight containers.

The Downfalls Of DIY Rodent Control

Removing an infestation of rats is not easy. Norway rats, in particular, are larger than other area rodents and are more likely to survive traps and other control products. In addition to this, many chemical-based rodent control products are toxic to humans and can be extremely harmful if used improperly. On top of all of this, Norway rats are quick breeders. It does not take long for a small number of these pests to turn into a serious infestation. 

When To Get A Professional Involved

If you have been hearing the pitter-patter of little feet in your walls at night, finding fecal matter and urine stains around your home, and are noticing other signs indicating that rats might be around, do not hesitate to involve the home pest control experts at Capitol Pest. Let one of our friendly technicians inspect your home today to identify pests like Norway rats. If any are found, they will implement advanced pest control strategies to get these pests out. They will also recommend a plan of action to deter and control these pests before they get indoors in the future.

Contact us today to learn more about how our rodent control will benefit your Maryland home.

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