It is my goal to educate the public about rats
and other wildlife, and provide tips for safe,
effective, and responsible wildlife removal.
Remember, to solve many rat problems, the best
bet is prevention and sealing shut entry holes:
inspect your house
to find animal entry holes
Summary of Step-By-Step Instructions:
|HUMANE HINTS: NEVER attempt to
poison rats. The only way to solve a rat
problem in a house is to find the entry
holes and seal them shut. You can
actually use one-way exclusion funnels
rather than traps. If you MUST trap, the
wooden snap traps are far more humane
than glue traps. Read below for how-to
Inspect inside attic, and ever square
inch of the house, for rat entry holes. These
holes can be as small as a quarter, or a 1/2"
Seal shut all entry holes, with
steel, BEFORE any trapping or exclusion.
Set one-way exclusion funnels on the
primary entry/exit holes, or set at least a
dozen rat traps, baited with peanut butter, on
the primary rat trails (marked by droppings and
brown grease) in the attic.
Once you hear no more rat sounds at
night, the trapping is complete.
Clean and decontaminate the attic
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How to Get Rid of Rats - There are many methods
- poisoning, snap traps, exclusion, repellents,
etc. But in my 10+ years working in rat control,
I have DEFINITELY learned that only one thing
matters - you must find out how the rats are
getting inside the building, through holes,
gaps, vents, etc, and seal these areas shut.
Nothing else matters. Once the whole house is
sealed shut with steel repairs, then you must
physically trap and remove the rats. Information
- analysis and methods for how to
trap. Any other method is a waste of time.
Rats are one of the most feared animals in the
industrialized world because they can destroy
your home and can have fleas and ticks that
carry harmful diseases like the plague. Rats are
often mistaken for mice, but they are very
different. Rats are bigger, have larger feet and
do more damage. However, like mice, rats can
come in a variety of different colors and
species and have long hairless tails. The most
common species of rats that infest homes include
roof rats and Norway rats.
Diseases aside, rats will do a number on your
home. They will eat their way into your pantry
and contaminate your food by leaving droppings
in things like sugar, flour and in cereal boxes
which, as you can imagine, is not sanitary. Rats
will gnaw their way into anyplace in your house
that they want to go which can damage your
drywall, your wall studs, electrical wiring and
even plumbing. Rats have been the catalyst in
many house fires by chewing on wires and
bringing nesting materials like twigs, twine and
leave which are extremely flammable and will
light up your entire house with even the
smallest of sparks.
There are many ways to tell if you have a rat
infestation and this is also the first step in
getting rid of them. There will be urine streaks
along your walls and areas where the rats
frequent. If you do not readily see the marks,
then you can buy a black light and find them
that way. The easiest way to tell if you have a
rat problem is by chew marks around your
cabinets and in food bags and boxes. They also
chew holes over two inches into your walls. If
you have noticed these tell-tale signs of a rat
infestation, here are some tips for you to get
rid of them for good:
how-to rat removal articles:
- Clean your house! Clutter is a rat’s best
friend and they will often hide and
reproduce in piles of clutter and this
includes the clutter in your attic, basement
and closets. Clutter doesn’t even have to be
bags, boxes and fabric because rats can even
chew through some metals and squeeze through
holes that are only a half an inch wide.
Also, make sure that your kitchen floors are
clean and your main and bathroom trash is
dumped regularly. Eliminating their food
sources eliminates their desire to hang
around your house. Information about how
to keep rats away - prevention
- Poisons. Rat poison is the least
effective, though cheapest way to try get
rid of rats. However, you should use the
poison as a last resort because poisons
cause rats to die in areas that are hard to
get to and they will rot in your walls
attracting all kinds of insects and leaving
a horrible smell. And this doesn't
solve the root of the problem. Information
to kill a rat - with fumigants or
- Attract natural predators of rats to your
home. You can get a dog or a cat to deter
the rats away, but this doesn’t always work.
The most effective predator of keeping the
rat population to a minimum is owls. Try to
build a nesting box to attract them to your
home, but they will not help with the rats
already in your home.
- Call in the professionals. The easiest,
but the most expensive, way to eradicate
your rat problem. Exterminators are
extremely good at what they do and can get
all the rats out of your home in a matter of
- After you can gotten rid of the rats
either by yourself or by a professional you
will need to close all the entry ways that
they use to get into your home. This is very
time consuming and will require that you
comb every inch of your house. If you skip
this step, the rats will come back so make
sure that you do it!
Information about how
to catch a rat
- remove one stuck in the
Information about rat
- analysis of types and
Rat Information & Facts
Rats are rodents of
medium size, measuring up to twenty inches from
nose to tail. Rats vary in color with the most
common pigments seen being brown, gray, and
black. These rodents look like large versions of
mice, though there are some differences between
the two. Rats are always larger than mice, with
more block-like heads and small ears. House mice
have ten nipples and rats have twelve. Rats tend
to have coarse, long fur which is often moist
with enough oils to leave noticeable grease
marks around the environment. Depending on the
species, a rat’s tail can be longer than the
length of the body or slightly shorter. The most
common species of rats are the Black Rat and the
Norway (Brown) Rat.
Rat Habitat and Behavior:
everywhere in the world except the Antarctic,
the rat is the most successful species after
mankind. Brown and Black rats are found anywhere
humans live in number, and it is suspected that
the number of rats outnumber people in most
cities. Rats originated in Asia, and were a
source of food for many people living on the
plains and grasslands. Excellent burrowers, rats
can create a network of multi-level tunnels,
using these burrows to sleep, store food, and
raise young. Rats in the wild still abide by
this standard of living, usually constructing
their dens near a sturdy object for structural
support. This may be the secondary reason rats
evolved to live near people. The primary reason
is most likely the readily available food
sources in human dwellings. In nature, rats will
live in damp areas around water, presumably due
to the instinctual survival instinct associated
with hydration. The rodents are excellent
swimmers and water may also provide a means of
escape if an enemy approaches the burrow. Rats
in cities are commonly found in sewage systems.
In the rural setting, these large rodents will
often commune in attics or basements, creating a
network of pathways through the interior of a
Like many pack animals, rats will live in
communities based on a social hierarchy. These
groups are divided into male and female
sub-groups. Females in a pack, also known as a
mischief, will experience estrus at the same
time and have up to five litters in a twelve
month period. The social standing of a rat will
determine its survival rate, as most animals
lower on the totem pole will receive the least
amount of food when a source is found.
If it is edible, a rat will
most likely eat it. This undiscerning palate is
the reason why rats follow humans and live in
close proximity. In nature, rats will catch
small fish, birds, and will even swim underwater
for various shellfish.
Rat Nuisance Concerns:
Homes with a rat
infestation run a serious risk of fire from
damage caused by chewing. These rodents also
destroy insulation, support boards, ductwork,
and cabinetry. A rat can chew through almost any
porous substance, making it near impossible to
keep the creatures out of food containers and
boxes. A rat in the home will leave feces and
urine wherever it goes, and this waste excretion
is a major sanitation issue for pets and people.
Rats are also large enough to be very intrusive
with noise from nocturnal activity, and most of
our calls regarding these rodents is due to scratching
sounds in the attic or walls
from the rats
A number of diseases can be
transmitted through rats, most of which are
carried in the animal’s waste. Salmonella,
Typhus, leptospirosis, and Rickettsia Disease
are just a few diseases humans can get from
rats. The Bubonic Plague, which wiped out a
third of Europe’s population, was spread by
fleas transported on rats. The plague is still
active in some areas of the United States and
Europe. Learn about how to clean
attic of animal waste
You're here to learn how to get rid of rats in
your house, the attic, ceiling, walls, roof,
etc. This site is intended to provide rat
education and information, so that you can make
an informed decision if you need to deal with a
rat problem. This site provides many rat control
articles and strategies, if you wish to attempt
to solve the problem yourself. If you are unable
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