Having rats in your attic, walls or garage is an unpleasant and potentially dangerous situation.
I am going to show you how to get rid of those rats and keep them from coming back!
You can get rid of rats by yourself if you are willing to do some unpleasant work. If you would rather hire a professional to do the job then I will tell you how to hire someone who knows what they are doing.
You can tell if you are dealing with rats, mice or squirrels by examining the poop they are leaving behind. If you are uncertain about what type of rodent you are dealing with then read this article about rat poop.
Eradicating rats is a two part process that will take about two weeks to complete.
Let’s get started!
How to Get Rid of Rats: Step 1
It is an unpleasant job but you are going to have to kill a bunch of rats.
In order to kill the rats you will need to use either rat traps or rat poisons.
You will want to use rat traps if the rats are present in your attic. If you are dealing with rats in an open area where pets or kids might trigger a trap accidentally then you will want to use rat poison. Don’t worry, there are some options for rat poison that are perfect safe to use around pets and kids.
There are several types of rat traps available. There are snap traps, electric traps, live traps and glue traps.
Some of these traps work GREAT and some are junk.
To find out which traps work best and how to use them effectively and safely read this article on Rat Traps.
There have been advances made in rat poisons recently that provide products that are effective at killing rats but are safe to use around kids and pets.
To learn about the different types of rat poisons and when you should use them then read this article about Rat Poison.
Some folks will try to tell you that you can use rat repellents and get the rats to leave naturally. It is a nice idea. Put out a few funky smelling materials or plug in a fancy electronic device and annoy the rats until they pack up and leave.
Personally I do not believe rat repellents work. Here is the article I wrote about different rat repellents just in case you do want to try using some of the techniques.
There is nothing wrong with hiring a rat exterminator to do the dirty work for you.
There is plenty wrong with hiring a pest control company that doesn’t know how to deal with rats.
To learn how to hire the right professional and not get ripped off read this article on Rat Exterminators.
How to Get Rid of Rats: Step 2
While you are killing your rats you need to take steps to prevent more rats from taking their place.
Rats come into your home because something attracted them and they were able to access the interior. You need to solve BOTH of these problems.
Figuring out what attracted rats to your house is usually pretty easy. Rats are simple creatures with basic needs of food, water and shelter. Some common food sources that attract rats are grease from barbecue pits, spilled birdseed and garbage cans with loose fitting lids.
Outside food or watering bowls for your pets can attract rats. Rats also enjoy dining on dog poop.
Do a basic inspection around your house and look for potential sources of food or water and remove them.
The hardest part in the entire process of getting rid of rats is figuring out how they got into your home.
You have to find the cracks and holes the rats used to get into you home and seal them up. Common entry points for rats are utility entries, settling cracks that form at the corner of houses, and damaged soffits.
If you live in a coastal area where roof rats are populous then you will need to get on your roof and place wire mesh around any vents or open access point to you attic. Roof rats are incredible climbers so it is important to cut back any tree limbs that are within 10 feet of your roof.