2. Block off any forms of shelter
Rats make homes under existing structures, such as garden buildings and decking. To prevent this, it is advised to block entry to areas beneath these – no matter how narrow the space.
However, before doing this, ensure there are no rats living underneath the structure that is being blocked off, as “they will die an unpleasant death”, warned the experts.
Households should also have a general clear up in their garden, getting rid of any debris and cutting back overgrown vegetation. This will provide rats with less cover. Even keeping the grass short will help.
Take this opportunity to move things around in the garden. The pros explained: “Rats are neophobic, and this disruption of their territory will confuse them and encourage them to make homes elsewhere.”
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