Rats In Tampa Bay
Rats are perhaps the most pervasive invasive species in the Tampa Bay Area.
Using ‘Great Stuff” foam for rats is perhaps the most common way try to keep rats out of homes and businesses. If you have never used the foam, it is EXTREMELY messy and can be difficult to use. I have ruined countless shirts and shorts over the years.
The biggest mistake people make when using foam is thinking that foam, and foam alone will keep rats out. Rats can and will chew through foam. Below you see an a/c chase on the side of a home. The a/c chase houses a/c line that run from the air condenser outside to the air handler inside. This can be like a superhighway for rats giving them direct access to your attic.
One major concern is not just rodents chewing on wires in the attic but chewing on them inside the chase as well. I have even been shocked sticking my hand up inside the chase to feel if any creatures have found their way through. If you think this has happened, call an electrician right away.
Once in your attic, these little rodents multiply and make a mess. They will leave dropping and urine stains everywhere! Even if you get them out, if you do not thoroughly seal up the openings other will smell their scent and they will move in.
While using foam to seal the chase is good, it is not good enough. The “do-it-yourselfer” in the pic used an enormous amount of foam…and you can see below it is the enormous amount of foam the rats chewed to get right back in.
How To Rat Proof
Instead, use 1/4″ hardware cloth to “back” the foam. So that if the rats do try to get through the foam they will run into the metal wire which will stop them.
Even more important, make sure you do not trap any rats inside 🙂 If you are not sure, call a pro at Creepy Creatures Pest & Wildlife handles pest and wildlife issues all over the Tampa Bay Area including Clearwater, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, Odessa, Tampa, Safety Harbor, St. Pete and more 🙂 727-488-5657.
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