If you are a
homeowner, then you are probably quite aware
that there are locations in your home where you
are more likely to find a group of rats. One of
these is the garage, which gives rats one of the
best locations that they can find to set up
their own residence.
A garage has just about everything that a rat
could want. First of all, it provides shelter to
these animals. Many people store objects in
their garage where a rat could find a place to
live, such as in a box or cabinet. In addition,
most people spend only a small amount of time in
their garage, usually to just get in and out of
their car. This means that the rat gets a great
deal of solitude as well.
The garage also will likely attract insects that
the rats will find will make a great meal, and
many people store their garbage cans in the
garage as well. This allows them access to the
trashcan where they can get food. Add to it the
ability to get in and out of your garage and
onto other parts of your property and it is easy
to see why your garage makes such a pleasant
place for a rat.
The problem can be that while you may not want
them inside your garage, they find it to be a
spectacular place. This means you have some work
cut out for you.
Your first task is to ensure that you protect
yourself. Rats can be quite dangerous even if
you breathe in the particles that they have left
behind. This is why you need to have on a
surgical mask even after you have remove them
from the garage and you are performing the
cleanup process. You can actually inhale these
particles which can have pathogens in them that
can make you quite ill.
To protect yourself, put on clothing that covers
all the portions of your exposed skin. You
should also wear gloves, a mask, and goggles.
Your next decision is to determine how you want
to get rid of the rats. Most people put traps
out to either capture or kill them. This can be
a very successful tool to use.
If you want to be a little more proactive than
your option can be to try to locate where the
rat or rats are living, and force them out by
using something like a broom. While this can be
a successful means to get rid of these animals,
keep in mind that you should limit the number of
rats you are willing to try to scare away. If
there are more than four or five that it may
make sense to turn to a trap just to be safe.
After you have scare them away or have caught
them in the trap, then your cleanup begins. Do a
thorough job to ensure that you don’t risk the
health of you, your family, or your pets in the
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