Rats Nest: Where do Rats Hide?

Rats are some of earth’s ultimate survivors, however, they need certain conditions for a beneficial environment in order to thrive. Rat nests, in general, are in need of the following:

  • Supply of food within walking distance;
  • Supply of water within walking distance;
  • A certain degree of warmth;
  • Lots of hiding places.

Depending on the above circumstances, here is a list of the most probable places where rats can hide in your house.

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In the Walls

Depending on the type of your building, there might be gaps between the walls that are not only perfect for rat passages, but also a haven for their young. And, yes rats can chew through concrete. The walls are also generally warmer than the attic. And, if you happen to have a pipe leak within the wall, they also would have a close source of water.

How to make it unpleasant for rat dwelling?

A home inspection would not only fix your pipes and holes in the wall but also would easily catch the infestation in the happening.

Since basements are usually used for food storage, you’re basically giving the rats all the conditions they need - food, warmth and lots of safety.

How to make it unpleasant for rat dwelling?


The most important thing to concentrate on here is prevention. If you put all your food in sealed glass jars, rats won’t be interested in it, so they won’t invade at all. If you can avoid putting anything in bags, this is your most important step. And, it might be enough, because even if the basement offers warmth and safety, it makes no sense to make a nest there if they have to travel too much for food. Rats are practical like that.

Rats can squeeze through an opening with a diameter of 4cm, so it’s extremely easy for them to infest drains and sewers for a very long time. They can cause serious structural damage to your piping system. In addition to this, rats are excellent swimmers and can get out through the toilet. Yes, this happens.

How to make it unpleasant for rat dwelling?


There are protective barriers you can put on your toilet bowl to prevent rodents from coming out. This way the pipe would only be a one-way path. Still, this doesn’t solve your problem entirely. You need someone to calculate the damage control and work with a professional exterminator.

The garage usually contains rubber, wires, car tires and such are the usual victims of a rat infestation. There’s also enough clutter for them to hide in. Not to mention they might infest the car’s engine compartment.

How to make it unpleasant for rat dwelling?


The easiest thing to do is to seal the garage door bumper with garage door brush strips. You can find them in any store and they’re cheap. Also, an ultrasound device for the garage might prove effective enough.


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As a commercial service provider we only aim to inform you about rats nests according to the professional experience of the pest technicians. However, we cannot guarantee that there are no other hiding places. 

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