Eco-Friendly Approaches to Rat Control

The last thing you want to find on your Lake County property is a rat. Such diseased rodents can cause excessive property damage and pose health risks the longer they stay inside your home or business. Fortunately, there are a few safe ways to get them off your property. Here are some eco-friendly rat control methods you can try to help get rid of rats.

Eco-Friendly Rat Control Methods

Many traditional forms of rat control include using bait or traps to resolve the problem. While these methods may seem effective, these techniques often involve dangerous chemicals, harmful devices, and inhumane practices. More eco-friendly and humane rat control practices include:

  • Live traps: Live traps involve using bait, such as cheese, to trap the animal without harming it.

  • Essential oils: Rats rely on their sense of smell to navigate their surroundings. Strong-smelling essential oils, such as peppermint, can be used as a deterrent that overwhelms their senses.
  • Keeping it clean: The most common reason rats will nest in your home is because it provides dark, easy-to-hide crawl spaces with close access to food and water. Keep your property clean by picking up debris, trimming foliage and using proper sanitation to make it less inviting for pests.

  • Seal it up: Rats are excellent at squeezing into tight spaces to make their way inside. Check your property for cracks or openings, especially around garages, back porches, and attics.

The Benefits of Hiring Professional Rat Control Experts

Rat infestations can be difficult to contain and remove because rats nest and breed at a rapid pace. While these eco-friendly DIY methods may work temporarily, they will not permanently take care of a growing rat problem. Instead of attempting rat removal by yourself, rely on the licensed, trained and experienced rat removal experts at Critter Control® of Lake County.

Safe and Humane Rat Control Services

The team of professionals at Critter Control® of Lake County use proven CritterSafe® methods to safely and effectively remove nuisance wildlife without harmful pesticides or inhumane traps. Through our process of inspection, removal, restoration, and prevention, we remove all signs of a rat infestation and prevent the pests from returning. To schedule your consultation and receive a free estimate for our rat control services, call Critter Control® of Lake County today at 352-204-0074.


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