Having critters lurking under your deck is one of the main issues you may have to face. Not only can they be unsanitary, but having rats, mice, and other pests under your deck can damage it. So if you do plan to build composite decking, or have one, what are the things that you can put under it to prevent any rat problems? And what are other options that you can try?
What to Put Under Your Deck to Prevent Rats
There are many reasons why rats and other critters may choose your deck as their new homes. To prevent rats, you’ll want to make under your deck as inhabitable as possible. To do this, you will want to remove all grass and plants on the ground level.
To remove the plants, you will need to use weed killers. It’s also much easier if you’ve done it before you install your deck. Aside from de-weeding, you can also put landscaping fabric and gravel under your decking to prevent any plants from growing back. Non-organic mulch can also provide excellent drainage, which will keep the area below your deck dry.
Another option is to seal any opening underneath your deck. For this purpose, you can use different materials, from chicken wires, wood, to mesh. However, you may be worried that it may not look so good on your deck. If that’s the case, you can use wood to seal the areas or conceal the wires and mesh. You can even decide to build a trellis to create a stylish but helpful barrier to keep the rats away.
If you can’t add anything to your deck or don’t want to do so, you can also put different rat repellant underneath your deck. For repelling rodents, you can use commercial products, such as sprays and ultrasonic devices. You may need to check reviews to make sure they work. Alternatively, you can also use natural solutions, such as spraying strong or pungent scents, such as peppers and peppermint oil.
What to Put Under Your Deck to Eliminate Rats
If you already have a rat infestation, or you suspect that you have one, the first thing you’ll want to do is to eliminate the problem. To get rid of the critters, you’ll have a few options that you can use.
One of the many things people try is using rat poison. You can find a variety of these products in most shops, and they’re quite effective in removing rat problems. Some rat poison needs to be put under the deck until rats get to it. However, when you are using rat poison, you will want to make sure that it’s out of anyone’s reach. Because they can also be dangerous to humans and other animals, it may not be the best for families with small children and pets.
As an alternative, you can use traps instead. Not only is it safer for kids and pets, but it’s also reusable. Not to mention, many agree that they are more humane than using deadly poison. Regardless, they can be as effective as rat poison. You can find a handful of these at most home supply stores. If you’re a little handy, you can also follow different DIY guides on how to create one.
Other Ways of Preventing Rat Problems
Aside from putting materials, such as barriers, rat poison, and traps, there are also a handful more ways to limit rat infestation problems. One of the main reasons why rats can inhabit your deck is due to litter, especially food. When you or your family eat on your deck, food may sometimes be stuck in gaps or fall underneath.
If you want to prevent any critter under your deck, you’ll want to have a regular cleaning schedule, not only at the top of your decking but also underneath if possible. Because of this, you will want to stick with easy to maintain options, such as composite decking. They’re also more resistant to moisture, moulds, and stains.
Because not everything mentioned will work for you, you may need to test out which method to use, whether you’re preventing or eliminating the problem. If nothing works, you may want to contact pest control services to help you with rat problems.