Can Rats Climb Walls?

Rats are a common problem in many parts of the world. They destroy crops, damage homes, and ruin food stores if not kept in check. It’s no wonder that people do everything they can to keep rats out of their homes, using everything from traps to poison to help in this neverending battle. Sometimes, these tools are effective. But, there are many times where even the oldest tricks won’t work – especially if you have a sizeable rat problem.

When defending your home from rats, it’s sometimes hard to determine where the main problem lies. Rats in the walls of your home are especially hard to drive out, without resorting to tearing down the house. Poison and rat traps are really effective tools, but sometimes, even the best defense isn’t enough.

How Do Rats Get into Houses?

Rats, by nature, were designed to get into all sorts of places. They are scavengers, searching for food wherever they can. It’s this drive to forage that leads rats to enter unprotected cellars and, ultimately, our homes. While your house may be well constructed, rats are very resourceful and have a variety of tools at their disposal.

First, and perhaps most importantly, rats are incredible climbers, given the right surface. Finding rats in the walls of houses is a common occurrence. This is because rats can squeeze virtually anywhere. Small holes, usually unseen by homeowners, are a great way for rats to get into your home.

Another route that rats can use to potentially invade your home is your plumbing. Rats can hold their breath for up to 30 minutes, which is more than enough time for them to slip in through the sink or even the toilet.

The fact of the matter is that rats are incredibly capable. They’re flexible, persistent, and incredibly agile, which makes them one of the more difficult pests to deal with.

Rats Are Nature’s Acrobats

Sure, rats can get into the walls of a house through cracks, drains, and holes, but can rat climb walls?

Rats are resourceful and will climb absolutely anything they can get a grip on, including walls. Surfaces that are sufficiently rough, like brick, stone, and even concrete, are viable climbing surfaces. This is because rat feet have paws that can grasp and cling to even completely vertical surfaces.

You may be asking yourself, “If rats can climb walls, can they climb trees as well?” Of course! Rats are all-around great climbers. Their skills aren’t limited to walls and fences. Any trees that hang over your house or that touch the sides of it can also offer secret entry into your home.

As mentioned above, rats are resourceful and won’t hesitate to find a way into your home and out of the elements. Rats can jump, hang, climb, and stretch their way in from many different surfaces. Once they’re in, it’s very difficult to get rats out on your own.

Rats can cause hundreds of dollars of damage within your walls, even causing electrical fires if they get into your home’s wiring. If you want to protect your home, you need to be aware of any possible entrances for rats. Make sure to check under your roof, along the foundation, and even under concrete stairs. These places can house these pesky rodents, oftentimes without you knowing they’re there.

Rats Can Climb Almost Anything

As we said before, rats are fantastic climbers. This helps them evade predators and get into hard-to-reach places. They’re great at climbing between walls and will use this hidden network to move around your home.

Rats can easily get anywhere in your home just by climbing between the struts and supports. If you store food in your basement, rats can climb up and down the pipes to get to where the food is. They’re also flexible enough to squeeze into small cracks and their whiskers help them sense where they can and can’t go.

As you can imagine, this is less than ideal. Thankfully, there are a few surfaces that rats aren’t keen on climbing.

Very smooth surfaces, like the interior walls and glass surfaces, tend to be too smooth for rats to climb while bricks and pebble work offer good footholds for these rodents.

That’s why, if you live in an area where rats are a known pest or even where rats have simply been sighted, you need to ratproof your home.

Make Your Home as Rat Proof as Possible

The first step in ratproofing your property is to cut off all access to your house. Check the foundation and stairs, filling any cracks or holes that you may find. Even if it looks like a rat can’t fit through the hole, it’s worth investigating just to be sure.

Rats can climb trees and tend to hide in easily defendable areas, such as shrubs and hedges. By checking these areas thoroughly, you may come across a rat’s nest hidden among the branches. This is a very clear sign that you may have a rat issue to worry about.

How Do I Know I Have Rats?

There are many telltale signs that you may have rats. A few of the clearest indicators are if you find rat droppings or hear scratching in the walls. Rat droppings are small but easily distinguishable from other rodent droppings. Small, brown, and generally tapered, you’ll find them in dark corners of your home or even along the baseboards.

Scratching is another indicator that you may have rats. Because they can squeeze between your walls, you can hear their claws scratching the wall as they climb. Hearing just one rat may warrant an investigation because where there’s one rat, there’s usually many more.

Check underused parts of your home, including behind boxes in the attic or basement. Rats like to hide and will do so in dark, warm corners of your home. Occasionally, they will nest inside the walls. So, if you find any signs of rats in the home, you’ll need to try and find out where their nest is.

Remember: A Group of Rats Is a Problem

It’s very rare to have just one rat in your house. If you suspect you may have a rat infestation, it’s probably time to call in an expert to get rid of them for you.

This is especially important if you believe there may be rats in your walls, where they’re very difficult to get out. By calling an expert, you can then work together to close the entryways that rats may be using to get in, leaving you one step closer to completely shutting rats out forever.

5 Comments

Irma

My brother tell me he see then and they climb on him when he sleeps and he put traps around his apartment and he say they dont get caught.he say when he sleeps they climb on his face is hold body.it that can be.can you help him.

    InsectCop

    If he’s dealing with rats, this article will have great tips on solving the problem.

    Elaine

    Hello, I found a little long poo on my bedroom wall, could this be a rat can they climb up a wall

    InsectCop

    It depends on the wall you have there. If the surface is rough enough for them to be able to grab to it, it’s possible they’ll manage to do so. But they shouldn’t be able to climb walls with a smooth surface.

LilyPicta

I used to have “cour” rats from the pet shop. They are amazing creatures, climbing walls is only 1 thing. Because when I used to bring her to her cage at night time but if Shiva wanted to watch another cartoon on my shoulder while nom noming cookies, you can be assured that she almost every time found the way back into my pullover. The only other animal that works with absolute perfection are cats. I love their smooth moves. In a fight between a rat and a cat I’ve seen rats totally freaking out, in werewolf mode. Cat doesn’t always win. On weak point on cats is they are extremely sensitive to poison.

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