How to Get Rid of Rat Pests
When you stop and think about, when was the last time you spoke or heard a kind word about a rat? Rats have developed a rather unsavory reputation over many centuries, and it’s well deserved. Like mice, rats can contaminate your food with their urine and feces.
By some estimates, rats eat, spoil or destroy about one-fifth of the world’s total food output. Rats are also reported to bite more than 15,000 people every year, which can lead to diseases like bubonic plague, salmonella, leptospirosis, Hantavirus and tularemia. That’s why getting rid of rats should be Job #1 if you detect their filthy and disgusting presence inside your home. A few tips for trapping rats and using repellents such as Havahart® Critter Ridder® can help!
How to Deter Rats
The best method of keeping rats out of your home is to do a thorough examination of all possible points of entry, including foundations, utility pipes and wires passing into the house. Any opening larger than a half-inch – or the size of a quarter – should be made impassible, as rats can squeeze their bodies through the tiniest of cracks.
You can also “just say no” to rats by keeping your home free of crumbs and other goodies. Place all foodstuffs in a sealed “rat proof” container and use tightly closed garbage containers. Just like people, rats get thirsty too, so eliminate potential water sources like leaky faucets.
If you have an area of your property prone to rat invasions, use a repellent. The best rat repellent is pepper-based and targets both their sense of smell and taste. You can also try breaking up toilet cakes that are used to sanitize household toilets and placing them in areas of rat infestation. Rats hate the smell, although their effectiveness wears off over time. Ultrasonic devices can also be used to deter rats from entering your home using sounds inaudible to humans and non-rodent animals.
If rats have already invaded your home, use a rat trap to effectively and humanely capture and release rats. Rat trapping tips include baiting the trap with a tasty treat to make it more effective. The best bait for rats includes cheese, bread, birdseed and peanuts.
Effective Trap Placement
Also keep in mind that rats are creatures of habit, and they travel the same routes over and over again. An important rat trapping tip to remember is that you’ll enjoy the best success by placing your traps along these rate “super highways” in your home, helping you to say “Adios!” to these vile vermin once and for all.