How to Get Rid of Rats: Is it Best to Kill or Repel?
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.
Some of the options are:
- Use traps to catch rats
- Use poison to kill rats
- Close all openings & take away shelter
- Use no-kill repellents
1) Get Rid of Rats by Using Traps
A well-fed rat will not be interested in eating the bait used in rat traps or rat poison. You need to eliminate their food source before setting traps or using rat poison. This means keeping garbage cans tightly closed and keeping all food in sealed containers.
Fixing leaky faucets and making sure drain covers are securely covered will make it difficult for rats to get water. Peanut butter and bacon grease are popular rat trap baits, 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.
2) Get Rid of Rats Using Poison
Similarly to using traps, it will be necessary to first rid the rat of it’s normal food source in order to create a willingness to eat an uncommon form of food. Be sure to seal all food, including pet food, in air-tight containers, clear table scraps and crumbs immediately, and ensure that your trashcan is secure.
Once the rat does take the poison, it will 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.
3) 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.
While this is a great practice no matter which method you choose, if you only go this route it may take a while for the rats to leave after you successfully seal all openings and rid your property of potential homes. It is also easy to miss entrances and shelters so it could be frustrating as you find them all.
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.
4) Use Fresh Cab® Botanical Rodent Repellent to Get Rid of Rats
Fresh Cab® is a safe and easy way to get rid of rodents. There are no health risks associated with Fresh Cab when used as directed. 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 botanical essential oils drives rats away.
You won’t need to search your house for poisoned rat bodies, or worry about disease as you toss them out with rat traps.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tested Fresh Cab® and found it to be safe and effective when used as directed. Fresh Cab® is the only plant-based rodent repellent on the market that can make this claim, and the results are guaranteed.