Rats In Structural Voids


When rats get into a home or commercial building, they travel through the walls and ceilings, and can quickly become a problem throughout the entire structure. This interesting video shows how much rat activity there can be in the inaccessible (to humans) structural voids of a home or other building. Just because you can’t see the rats, it doesn’t mean they’re not there.

The fact that rats can get into any part of a home through the wall and ceiling voids is also a good reason to use rat control methods that rely primarily on trapping, removal, and exclusion, rather than poisoning. A single dead rat in a wall or ceiling void can stink up your house for weeks or months; and despite what your friendly exterminator may tell you, there’s no way to tell a rat where to die. Trapping and removing rats, and then sealing them out, is a much better way to control them.

Another thing to notice is the electrical wiring. Rats and other rodents cause many fires and millions of dollars in damage every year when they gnaw through electrical wiring, especially in older homes that may contain old-fashioned wiring that’s not as tough as what’s used nowadays. They can also damage low-voltage wiring such as Ethernet cable used for networking and Internet in many homes and offices.

The bottom line is that rats and other rodents can do a lot of damage. They also create a serious health hazard because of their urine, droppings, shed hair, and parasites. Non-chemical control using trapping, removal, and exclusion is a much better solution than poisoning, and our infrared Rat Cam helps us make sure that we find and remove every single rat.