Killing vs. Repelling: What’s the best way to get rid of rats?

Getting rid of rodents can be quite a chore. There are usually two options for ridding your home, farm or business of these pesky, unwanted guests: kill the rats or make them leave.

Where do rats live?

Rats live in areas that provide them with enough food and water to survive along with a protective shelter. Norway rats live in the ground and make their nests under buildings, in basements, on creek banks, and in sewers or piles of garbage. They eat almost anything they can find, including meat scraps, garbage, and sewage.

Roof rats live above the ground inside buildings, in sheds, trees and shrubs, and in piles of wood. They are fond of any kind of pet food and food scraps.

Using Traps and Poison to Get Rid Rats

A well-fed rat will not be interested in eating the bait used in rat traps or rat poison placed in their living areas. You need to eliminate their source of food before setting traps or using rat poison. This means keeping garbage cans tightly closed and keeping all food in sealed containers.

You can also make it difficult for rats to get water by fixing any leaky faucets and making sure drain covers are securely covered. Popular rat trap baits are peanut butter and bacon grease, but you can use any food that the rats will eat.

Rat traps leave you with the problem of getting rid of the dead rat. This task is not for the squeamish and presents a health risk to everyone. Handling rats exposes you to the variety of diseases and parasites they carry. Poison does not work immediately, and rats can travel back to their hiding spots before dying.

These hiding spots are sometimes the insides of walls. A decomposing rat creates a horrible smell and attracts flies and other insects.

Close All Openings & Take Away Their Shelter

To prevent rats from entering or re-entering your spaces, seal any openings including vent holes and the smallest cracks and holes. Sheet metal around pipe entrances and along door bottoms prevents rats from chewing through. You can fill gaps around pipes with cement to keep out rats.

Take away any objects that rats can use as a home. Remove piles of wood from your property, get rid of old furniture and car bodies, throw away all trash and debris in and around your home, and take down outside buildings that you don’t use. Cut down or thin out any dense plant growth.

Use Fresh Cab® Botanical Rodent Repellent to Get Rid of Rats

Fresh Cab® is a safe and easy way to get rid of rats. There are absolutely no health risks associated with Fresh Cab. You don’t need to worry about using it around children and pets. Simply place the pouches in areas where rats live, and the scent created by natural essential oils drives rats away.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tested Fresh Cab® and found it to be safe and effective. Fresh Cab® is the only plant-based rat repellent on the market that can make this claim, and the results are guaranteed.


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