Dead Rats in Walls of House

Dead Rats in the walls of homes in a very common call we get in the winter time each year. Dead rats will occur in walls for several reasons. The major reasons that people will get dead rats in the walls of their homes is pest control companies use poison blocks to try and control rat populations. This is not the correct way to handle a rat infestation in a home. Pest control companies will often use poison because it is very simple to do. Even the worst pest control companies will have access to rat poison. Every year we get hundreds of phone calls from homeowners with dead rats in their walls. This problem is easily fixed if it is addressed the correct way in the very beginning. The problem can also become a long lingering problem if it is approached the wrong way.

How Did the Dead Rats Get in the walls

The dead rats probably got into you walls either through the ceiling or the crawlspace portion of your home. The best solution to this problem is to have a rat exclusion done to the home to seal up all possible entry points in the home’s vulnerable areas. If all areas are sealed properly, then the rats will not be able to gain access to the walls.  If you have a dead rat in the wall of your home, then you obviously have areas where rats gain access to your home.  Once a rat has made its way to the crawlspace area of your home, the rat has access to all areas of your house, including walls and ceilings.

How Do I Get Rid of the Dead Rats in the Walls

The best way to get rid of dead rats in walls is to call a professional rat removal company to come and find it.  A professional rat removal company is not your typical pest control company, which is likely to have caused this problem in the first place.  A rat removal company is a company that specializes in the removal and control of rats from structures.  The company will have specialized equipment, such as fiber optic scopes, and will perform services such as rat exclusions.  You can use one of the companies we recommend by going to our locate a rat removal professional page. We have verified each company we list.  Each company does rat exclusions and has the proper equipment to handle the problem correctly.

What killed the Rat in My Walls?

Most of the problems we run across are caused by the spreading of rat poison in every corner of the home by either a pest control company or a homeowner gone wild.  The rats eat the poison, which starts the process of the rats eventually dying in the walls of your home.  Most of the poisons used today are considered second generation poisons or "superwarfarins," meaning they are far more lethal than the poisons that were used several years ago.  These poisons are anticoagulants, which means they are essentially blood thinners.  After the rats have eaten a single dose of the “poison,” the process starts.  Rather than explaining the complicated steps of how the poison works at length, I will simply say that the poison thins the rats’ blood so much that their blood vessels collapse.  The rats die wherever this happens; be it in the walls or the ceilings of your home or in your yard.  Some of the types of rats that could be in your walls are the House Mouse, Norway Rat, Roof Rat and the Kangroo Rat. There are other types of rats that do not get into walls of homes, such as Musk Rats. These types of rats will inhabit waterways and farm ponds and do a lot of damage to the sides of the waterways.