Destroying Rat Burrows: How To Get Rid Of Rats Nests

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Rats are among the most common and stubborn pests that plague homeowners. 

They will dig rat burrows indoors and outdoors and, like any other pest, are likely to damage food and furniture, leaving droppings wherever they go.

But rat infestations are perhaps more severe than others since they carry dangerous bacteria and diseases that can threaten you and your family. 

The first and most crucial step in controlling a pest problem is to identify and destroy the source of the pests—the nest. Rats’ nests, known as burrows, are easy to locate and remove. Read on to learn how to eliminate underground rat burrows efficiently and permanently.

How To Destroy Rat Burrows 

When destroying rat burrows from around your home or yard, follow these steps:

  1. Identify rat burrows: the diameter should measure 2-4 inches, and the walls should be smooth and clear of debris.
  2. Use rat poison, dry ice, or traps to kill the rats and prevent them from causing further damage.
  3. Plug the burrows with soil, caulk, or other soft materials.
  4. To prevent rats from building more nests, use natural deterrents and routinely mow your lawn, clear weeds, and check and control bushes.
  5. To prevent their return to your house, turn your home into an inhospitable environment for rats by routinely cleaning your house, removing food sources, plugging up any nooks and crannies, and using natural deterrents.
  6. Contact Hama Pest Control for assistance if you cannot control a rat infestation.

What Are Rat Burrows?

Rat burrows are underground tunnels where rats hide from predators, store food, and sometimes build nests. Norway rats are most likely to build burrows, but other rats sometimes do.

Rats make their nests of leaves, paper, twigs, and other soft materials. Rats will seek cool, dark places to dig burrows, and their nests are most often found in the following locations: 

  • Attics 
  • Sheds
  • Under bushes, porches, and decks 
  • In walls 
  • In sheds 
  • On roofs 

You can identify a rat burrow by examining the diameter of the hole; rats’ burrows are larger than a quarter-inch, which distinguishes them from other small rodents’ burrows. 

Where Do Rats Make Burrows?

Rats will dig burrows anywhere they can.

While they are most likely to dig in soft soil and underbrush, rats may burrow in walls, basements, and sheds. 

Because the purpose of the burrow is to enable the rat to escape predators, they generally construct them in concealed locations. As a result, you might find rats’ burrows under bushes and decks, where they are safe from other animals. 

Signs of Rat Burrows 

Rat burrows are easily identifiable as they are relatively large holes in the soil and other surfaces. Rat burrows are over a half-inch in diameter—typically close to 2-4 inches—and one may find debris and food inside.

If a rat burrow is inhabited, its walls will be smooth and devoid of spiderwebs and other obstructions. 

Not all rats build burrows, but it is wise to check for them if you see a rat. 

How To Get Rid of Rat Burrows 

Several reliable ways to rid your house or yard of rat burrows exist. Remember that eliminating the burrows is insufficient; you must also stop the rats before they build additional holes.

Use Rat Poison

Rodenticide is the most common method to rid your home of rats. You can purchase domestic rodenticide online or in home improvement stores.

Alternatively, you can hire a professional who will use commercial rodenticide, which is more powerful than the domestic alternative.

Use a Trap and Release the Rats 

You can purchase live traps online or in stores and install them around your home. 

To use a trap and release the rat, choose a location at least 100 yards from your home, so they do not return. Use gloves and drape a towel or blanket over the trap to prevent the animal from becoming aggressive. Quickly release the trap and step away from the rat.

Contact a Pest Control Company 

Contacting professionals is the easiest and most surefire way to eliminate a pest problem.

Call us today for a free quote and take the first step toward ridding your home of rats for good!

How To Avoid Having a Burrow of Rats 

The best solution is always prevention. You can render your home inhospitable to these stubborn pests in several ways.

Get Rid of Clutter

Rats are naturally drawn to small spaces and clutter.

They are likely to inhabit abandoned vehicles, crowded garages, sheds, or burrow under decks and inside walls. To prevent them from doing so, you must keep these spaces clean and free of clutter. Regularly clean and inspect your home to control rats at bay.

Control Weeds and Bushes

Rats are likely to dig burrows under tall weeds and unkempt bushes. 

To keep them away, regularly tend to your yard and garden. Frequently cut bushes and tall grasses and eliminate weeds.

Don’t Let Them Feed On Your Garbage. 

Rats feed on improperly sealed food and garbage.

The best means of preventing a rat infestation is to remove garbage and properly store food. Keep track of expiration dates and store pet food in glass or metal containers.

Close the Doors and Seal Access Points 

To eliminate rats and mend their unsightly holes, you must find the best way to get rid of rats by sealing every access point to the burrow. To do this, use soil, caulk, or gravel. You can also place dry ice inside the shelters to humanely euthanize the rats and prevent their return to the hole. 

What To Do After Getting Rid of a Rat Burrow 

Once you have rid your home of rats and their caves, you must take a few additional steps to ensure your home is sanitary and unappealing to rats.

Clean Very Well, Removing Excrement and Footprints 

Rats are likely to leave a mess behind, and because they carry diseases, you must clean up after them. 

Disinfect and scrub all surfaces rats may have touched, and throw away any food that they have contaminated. Keep your home clean and use natural deterrents such as balsam fir, sagebrush, and pepper. 

Pest Control Experts 

When destroying rat burrows, the most reliable way to get rid of and prevent their return is to contact an expert pest control service. Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure your home is cleared of rats and cleaned of contamination. Call us today for a free quote! 

Jake Garza
Jake Garza
Jake is the founder of Hama Pest Control, the preferred choice for pest removal and extermination in the Greater Toronto Area. With over thirty years of experience, Jake prides himself in bringing quality, knowledge, and care to Hama Pest Control's customers.
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