Well, we know humans are often afraid of rats but the reverse is also true. Rats are afraid of human activity, mostly because humans are so much larger than they are. Rats also fear predators such as hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey. Other animals that rats are afraid of include your cat as well as rat terriers and other dogs that hunt rodents. Rats fear becoming a meal for a snake. Weasels and rodents are also fond of and agile enough to chase rats around your house and get into tight spaces where rats can hide. Neophobic by nature, rats are afraid to try new things, making it difficult to control them with bait. Rats cannot tolerate smells such as ammonia, mothballs, peppermint oil, crushed cayenne pepper, and pepper spray due to their intensified sense of smell. Clean and uncluttered homes and yards scare rats due to the lack of food and places to hide, as well. Rats are not happy when the holes, cracks, and crevices in your foundation and entryways are sealed off, excluding them from your home. Rats are afraid of loud noises as they have excellent hearing.
Rats may not register fear at the sight of a pest control technician in your attic, home, or yard but they should, as you need to contact a professional pest control company to eliminate rats if you suspect you may have rat activity in your New Braunfels home or business. Rat activity that is not properly addressed promptly can lead to structural damage of your property as rats can chew through wood, cinder blocks, aluminum, and more – call us today!