How to get rid of rats in your home

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The rats are in? Oh no! Well you’re in luck because here are some tips you can use to get rid of them;

Getting rid of rats Humanely:

Identify the rat’s feeding and nesting areas.

Remember to identify these areas by paying attention to where you notice rat droppings or areas that have been chewed. If the rats were in the area before, they probably will be in the area again. If they are living in your attic try to find the entrances they are using and set the traps there.

Use a nonlethal wire cage to trap and release rats if you want to avoid killing them.

Experts consider this the most humane way to get rid of rats. Set a cage with a little bit of food inside of it. The spring release door will trap the rat as soon as it is inside the cage. You will then have to pick up the cage and release the rat somewhere.

Release the rats far away from your home.

Bring them out into the woods somewhere a good distance from your house. You don’t want to worry about them finding their way back to your home and returning.

They’ll find a new home somewhere, hopefully not where a person is already living.

Getting rids of rats lethally:

Get a cat.

They are great hunters and natural rat predators. You will still be killing the rats indirectly but it won’t cause them great pain. This is just a way of initiating the natural cycle. A good cat will clean up your rat infestation in just a few weeks. Just remember a cat will not be able to catch a rat that is in the attic or behind a wall.

Identify the rats’ feeding and nesting places.

You will know where they have been by rat droppings you notice or by the holes chewed in walls, food boxes, insulation and other places in your home. This is where you’ll want to leave the traps.

Leave rat poison or traditional snapping rattraps in rat-infested areas.

You can purchase these from hardware stores and other retailers if you decide you want to kill the rats. You can also purchase online. Be aware that rat poison does not kill a rat instantly, it can take up to a week to kill the rat. The rat will be in immense pain during this week, so keep that in mind.

Read the instructions and cautions carefully. Most rat poisons include warfarin, which causes internal bleeding and other drugs that kill rats, but can also be harmful to pets and people.

Check the traps regularly.

A rat corpse will give off an unpleasant odor if you do not remove it immediately. Traditional snapping traps are much more humane than rat poison, as it should kill the rat immediately.

However, in some cases it can only severely injure the rat, in which case you should put it out of its misery.

Use glue boards to get rid of rats.

These are flat, sticky pieces of wood that trap rats until you can remove them. Once again, make sure that you only set glue boards if you intend to kill the rats.

These rats are not going to survive, as there’s no way to get them off the glue board. Some rats will chew off their feet or legs in order to escape from the trap and others will get their head trapped in the glue and suffocate. It is not the most humane way to get rid of rats but it will work. If you find a rat in a glue trap that has not been killed, you’ll have to stomp on it with a boot to kill it.

It’s either that or hitting it on the head with something hard like bat. Do whatever you can di and then toss the rat in an outdoor trash can.

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