Most rats infesting Cleveland, OH homes are called Norway rats. They’re also known as common rats, or sewer rats, because they love to live and travel in sewers and drainage systems in and around family homes. These rats are well-adapted to life below ground level. They nest in burrows — the soft, damp soil underneath porches and decks is ideal for rat shelter.
In order to successfully control your rat problem, you have to first figure out where they’re coming from. Are they nesting outside, and then finding a hole or gap to get in? Or are they getting inside directly through your sewer or drainage system? Regardless of their points of entry, getting rid of rats can be difficult. After all, you can’t very well shut off your entire drainage system! That’s why most homeowners choose to call in a professional.
Getting Rid Of Rats In Basements
Once rats find their way inside your home, trapping them is the most effective way to get rid of them. For the most part, if the rats are contained to crawlspaces and porches, soft bait can be very effective. Additionally, we’ve had success with Tracking powder, exterior rodent stations, and burrow baiting.
Sealing off your home from rats is very similar to sealing it off from mice. However, you’ll also need to assess your sewer system if you have a rat problem. A professional plumber is your best bet for this kind of work. However, there are a few simple fixes you can try yourself.
First, seal your downspout drains, as they enter the perimeter drainage system. Next, make sure all drain traps have water in them. Lakewood homes have a lot of random toilet stalls in basements that go ignored and unused. To keep rats from getting in, keep your toilets operable. Similarly, don’t neglect any showers or tubs in your home, and keep your basement floor drains in good shape, too.
Finally, the one thing that most rat-infested homes have in common is an open laundry drain. This is a favorite entry point for rats, but it’s easily fixed. Get yourself a drain strainer — problem solved!
How Small of a Hole Can Norway Rats Squeeze Through?
Norway rats need a bit more berth than mice — they can squeeze through gaps larger than ½” diameter. Unlike mice, Norway rats prefer not to climb to enter structures. Instead, they enter at or below ground level.