2 Ways To Get Rid Of The Rats In Your House

Posted on: 17 July 2019

No one wants to think that they have a rat in their house, but sometimes you have to face up to all the evidence and acknowledge the fact that you have a rat that you have to deal with. So, what can you do to get rid of that rat, and hopefully keep any of its friends from moving in with you?

1. Find Their Entrance

Rats can sneak into your house through the tiniest of holes. Holes that you thought would never allow anything to get in can be the perfect entrance for rats because you don't think about making sure that they are blocked up. In addition, the rats need to chew in order to help keep their teeth from overgrowing, so they will chew around the entrance to make it easier for them to get in. There are a couple of different ways that you can find their entrance. One is that you can look for worn paths in the grass or dirt. You can also look for rub marks. These are trails that the rats will leave when the oils and gunk on their skin rub off on everything in their way. They are generally dark trails and will run along pipes, baseboards, retaining walls, and anywhere else they travel frequently. Following the trail can help you figure out where they are coming in. 

2. Add Some Bait

Once you have found the entrance, you can work on getting rid of them. You can do that by baiting them. It doesn't matter if that bait is on a snap-trap, in a live trap, or poison bait. You just want something that is going to attract them so that you can get rid of them. If you are going to use poison bait, you want to make sure you are very careful while you are using it. If you have pets or small children, you might want to consider another option because the poison could attract them as well. You will also want to be aware that the poison could attract animals other than the rat in your house, especially if you put it outside. If you are going to bait a trap, you may want to think about using something like peanut butter because it will stick to the trap and it will take a few moments for the rat to eat it off the trigger, making it more likely that the trap will get them. 

If you don't feel like trying to get rid of the rats on your own is something that you want to do, you can always call in an exterminator and have them do the job for you. To learn more, contact a company like Abc Pest.