As the temperatures drop, you might not be the only one looking forward to the cosiness of your home in the autumn. Rats, too, have their reasons for seeking shelter.
The changing weather and environmental factors drive these rodents to venture closer to human habitations, leading to potential infestations.
The reasons behind this ‘autumn invasion’ of rats and make homes & businesses attractive to them during this time of the year.
Understanding their behaviour is the first step toward effective rat prevention and maintaining a rat-free home throughout the autumn and winter in Hampshire.
Rats, like many other pests, tend to infest homes during the autumn months for several reasons:
Cooler Weather: As the weather cools down in the fall, rats seek shelter to stay warm. Your home provides a comfortable and insulated environment for them to escape the dropping temperatures.
Food Scarcity: During the autumn, there may be a decrease in the availability of natural food sources for rats, such as grains and seeds from fields. This scarcity drives them to search for alternative food sources, including the food stored in homes.
Breeding Season: Rats have a higher breeding rate during the warmer months, and by autumn, populations may have grown significantly. As a result, there can be overcrowding in existing nests, leading some rats to venture out in search of new nesting sites, which can include homes.
Harvest Season: In rural areas, the autumn season often corresponds to the harvest of crops. Rats are attracted to stored grains and agricultural products, making farms and nearby homes potential targets for infestations.
Easier Access: As the vegetation outside dies back, it can make it easier for rats to access homes. Overgrown vegetation during the warmer months may have provided a natural barrier, but in the fall, this barrier is reduced.
Seeking Water Sources: Rats, like all animals, need water to survive. During dry spells in the autumn, they may venture closer to human habitations in search of water sources, making homes an attractive destination.
To prevent rat infestations during the autumn months, it’s essential to take proactive measures.
Seal any potential entry points, keep food stored securely, and maintain good hygiene practices in and around your home.
If you suspect a rat infestation, it’s crucial to address it promptly to prevent it from becoming a more significant problem.