What to do about a rat on the roof

It is easy to detect a rat on the roof, because they make some insane noises as the gnaw and run around into their nests and as they search for food. Rats make a noise that appears as if someone is scratching the roof.

How to detect a rat on your roof: In order to detect the presence of a rat on your roof, you need to pay careful attention to signs such as gnawing, scratching as well as squeaking noises on the roof , door and along the walls of your home. Expert wildlife conservationist recommend that you put some Talcum powder on the roof in order to check for rat footprints. You can also check for the rat feces which is quite small and long. You can also search for marks of gnawing along the woods of the roof, most especially close to the roof insulation where rats often bundle together. Rats only need small holes of about 2cm each to gain access to your roof, thus they can establish their colonies quickly there.

Getting rid of a rat on the roof: Once you have confirmed that a rat in on your roof, you should do everything possible to capture the rat alive. Never make attempts to poison the rat , as the animal may not die immediately and if it eventually dies, its carcass may get stuck in a difficult position that makes it difficult to remove- when a rat carcass is not detected on time, it may trigger an offensive odour – a situation that can constitute health hazard to your household. Non-lethal traps with baits should be consider and not poisons. Make sure the rat trap is a one-door trap that closes once the rat enters through. You need to keep in mind that rats found on roof often prefer moist food, thus the bait must be moistened to make it attractive.

You will need to perform some vacuum cleaning to remove the rat feces as well as disinfect the roof after rat has been removed. Eye irritations and lung diseases from rat infestation can be removed if your roof can be disinfected and vacuumed once the rat has been removed. You will need a professional wildlife conservationist to perform vacuuming and disinfection , otherwise you may have to wear protective gloves, face mask as well as protective clothing.

Sanitizing your ceiling after removing a rat or colonies of rats from your roof, will make your environment allergen-free. Once vacuuming and sanitization has been performed then you should check and seal off any hole or entrance points a rat can use to have access to your roof- this can best be handled by a licensed wildlife conservationist.

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