Getting Rid of Rats
Rats - and mice - are guaranteed to be active wherever human populations are established. Throughout history, rats have been notorious and solely responsible for playing a big part in some of the most devastating worldwide epidemics.
Rats are often attracted to the warmth inside your home and the availability of food. However, as they are known to spread infections and are responsible for contaminating foods, it is important to take immediate action to get rid of these pests.
Schedule a FREE Rat Inspection
Call us NOW at to schedule a free pest inspection and learn how Ehrlich can help you get rid of rats in your home. A rat infestation at home can expose occupants to diseases transmitted by rodents like salmonella and rat bite fever.
We will set up a convenient time for a state-certified and licensed technician to visit your home, assess the severity of your problem and recommend a control program. Our pest control solutions are designed with families in mind so you don't have to worry about the safety of your children and pets.
Protect Your Home From Rats Year Round
Thousands of homeowners across the US enroll in our Year Round Protection Plan because of the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their homes are protected against this pest - and knowing that we'll handle any concerns whenever and as often they arise.
It can be difficult to prevent rats from entering your property as they can fit through gaps roughly the size of a quarter. That's why it is critical to have your home routinely inspected by a pest control professional throughout the year. The Year Round Protection Plan includes protection from the 36 most common pests, including rats and mice.
How To Get Rid of Rats in Your Home
Being able to identify and spot the signs of rat activity will help you keep your home free of these disease carrying and structural damaging pests.
Ehrlich Pest Control uses the below solutions to eliminate or prevent rat infestations in residential homes:
- Bait Traps - Traditional snap traps have been effectively used to control rats for years. However, rats are neophobic, that is, if they live in an undisturbed environment, then they become afraid of new things that are introduced to them. This wariness may reduce the effectiveness of a trap. One way Ehrlich technicians reduce this possibility of this occurring is by placing an unset trap in an area before attempting to capture the rat.
- Bait Stations - Rodent bait stations are used to get rid of rats in properties. The secure bait stations allow rodents like rats and mice entry to eat the bait but is secure so it is not accessible by curious children or pets. Bait stations may be placed in areas where the rats are frequenting or outside your home in order to prevent rats from gaining entrance.
- Exclusion - The best way to control rat problems in a property is to make it impossible for rats to enter the structure. Ehrlich technicians advise customers on necessary home repairs and how to practice proper sanitation measures that will help keep rats and other pests out. Properly storing food materials and garbage can deter rats from targeting your home.
DIY Rat Control
While hiring a professional pest control company is always the most reliable rat control method, there are a variety of DIY rat control tactics you can try. If you are thinking about treating a small rat infestation on your property yourself, you have an option of using either traps or rodenticides.
The following DIY rat control products are available to try and eliminate these pests in your home:
- Snap Traps – these are the most common rat and mouse traps used to deal with rodent problems. They attract rats by presenting them with a small piece of bait and then killing them with a swift blow when the bait is taken.
The drawbacks to these snap traps are that they don’t always kill the rodents that they are trying to lure and they can be quite messy when they do!
Snap traps can be an effective non-chemical control method and are generally used where rodenticides (rodent poisons) are not permitted or may pose a hazard or threat to children or pets.
These traps can be a lot more effective if the bait is laced with a rodenticide as long as the location that they are placed will not pose a hazard to children or pets. By lacing the bait in the trap with rodent
Tips for using Snap Traps:
- use several traps close to each other
- place them close to walls where rats run, with the trigger plates facing towards the wall, and for the first few days bait them without setting them so that they get used to taking the bait without any reluctance
- do not place these traps in locations that are difficult to access as you could be faced with potential odor problems when the rats are trapped
- these traps can and should be reused as long as they are clean and in good working condition
- Live / Catch Traps – these traps are bigger and don’t harm the rats. They are lured in with some bait - like seeds, grains and pet food pellets - and then the door locks behind them so they can’t escape. Rats are intelligent and have been known to quickly learn how to beat this system. Even when they are successful, you have to get rid of the live rat yourself.
- Electronic ‘Zapper’ Traps – similar to catch traps except once inside a fatal electric shock is delivered to the rat. You’ll need a large stock of batteries, and the traps themselves can be quite expensive to buy.
- The Homemade Bucket Trap – a common trap you can make yourself (there are plenty of instructions to be found on the internet). Basically rodents are lured by bait which is held on a roller above a bucket full of water. As the rats or mice attempt to fetch the bait, they slip into the water and drown. Again, you’ll have to remove the dead rodents, and the traps can start to smell quite quickly.
- Glue Boards – also an inexpensive trap, glue boards can catch several rats simultaneously. Some people prefer to not deploy glue boards as they are of the opinion that they end up dying of stress or starvation. You should also bear in mind that glue boards can catch other animals by accident so keep them away from pets and children, and again you will have to dispose of the mess.
- Rat Poisons - There are many rodenticides on the market, and it’s best to use them in conjunction with bait boxes so that they do not pose a threat to pets and children.
The biggest problem with poisons is that rats can travel a fair distance between eating the poison bait and it taking effect. This means you may find decomposing rats in hard to reach places.
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