Ever since lockdown measures were implemented to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many restaurants have closed. Those which remain open, are operating in a limited capacity. As a result, homeowners in Toronto have noticed an increased number of rats in and around their homes. These rodents are seeking new food sources from residential homes.
Local Torontonians may remember the garbage strike that happened about 10 years ago. In our professional opinion, this situation is far worse! When the garbage strike was happening, restaurants were completely operational. Food sources were still available to rats. With the current pandemic, the garbage from restaurants just isn’t there. Takeout containers, food waste, and additional garbage is instead piling up in residential areas instead.
The effects of the pandemic, coupled with fewer food sources in winter months has resulted in increased rodent infestations. Here are a few ways you can ward off rats from your home.
Check for Cracks
Cracks in a house’s foundation, walls, and roof give rats easy access into the main areas of your home. Cracks normally appear in the area above a door, where the wall meets the ceiling, and where your floor meets the wall. Regularly inspect and seal any cracks in your home to prevent rats from crawling in and out of your house.
Seal Pipe Joints
Rats are excellent climbers and can fit through holes as small as a coin. Any bit of space between your sewer or water pipe joints can quickly flood your home with unwelcome pests. Go through all the pipes leading into your home, sealing the joints with tape and even caulk.
Seal your Food
Rats want one thing from your home: food. If you do not want to share your food with rodents, cover up all food containers. Airtight lids are the best option because rats can easily chew through cling film and aluminum foil.
Keep Your Kitchen Clean
Rats will gobble up any leftovers on dirty plates in the sink, and even in open dustbins. To prevent this, make sure your kitchen is clean, with all food remains either stored in the fridge or properly discarded in a closed garbage bin.
Keep Your Lawn Tidy
An untended lawn will provide a great breeding ground for rats. To prevent this, cut all the grass around the house and throw away any items you do not use. Elevate any open items, like flower pots, at about 1 foot from the ground and ensure they do not have any standing water in them. Remember to keep all your doors closed, especially during the fall and winter.
Get Professional Help
Advantage Pest Control is always prepared to tackle any of your rodent issues. One of our team members would be happy to speak to you about our professional pest control including treatment for bed bugs, termites, ants and more! You can reach us seven days a week from 8am to 9pm at 416.840.4040 or visit www.advantagepestcontrol.co to book for our service online.