No one wants rats on their farm, in their home, in their office building, or really anywhere but the wilderness…it’s a basic fact. They make you waste food, they destroy your wiring, they’re kind of gross, and the reasons go on. Getting rid of them yourself is totally an option, it’s something that people do all the time. But before you go on a witch-hunt for rats, don’t go into it thinking you know everything. Let us bust a few myths for you first.
Rats Love Cheese
Maybe you’ve just watched a little too much Tom and Jerry, but cheese isn’t your best bet when it comes to bait. Juicier foods are much more likely to work, such as peanut butter or lunchmeat. But even aside from that, you could always just purchase liquid bait which has been specially formulated for that exact purpose. Bait stations can be used to stop children, pets, and/or other wild animals from eating the bait which could harm or kill them
Sorry to tell you, but the rats aren’t (always) just going to leave your house kindly to die after being poisoned. Unfortunately, they’ll more likely stay inside, and they’ll be your problem. Be sure to use gloves and use a dustpan or trash bag to remove any dead animals, and don’t forget to disinfect high and low once you think they’ve all come to pass. If there’s a dead rodent in a hard-to-find place, such as inside your walls, you’re bound to know about it because of the odor. Try using Rat Sorb – it effectively eliminates the odor, even if you can’t find the pest.
Humane is the Way
Many people prefer to use humane rat traps because they don’t feel comfortable using poison. This is effective, but remember, the larger your rat problem, the more humane rat traps you’re going to need. This could up the cost and make the task more time consuming. If you catch the issue at an early stage, though, you shouldn’t have too much of a problem.
Remember: it is much easier to maintain a clean environment to eliminate a rat problem before it starts.
Always empty and clean garbage containers that rats can get into, like garbage cans with loose lids, plastic or paper bags, and litter.
Remember…..rats love to eat pretty much anything! Always put leftovers and pet foods that have not been eaten in a secure location. Birdseed on the ground, pet food in pet dishes, bread crumbs, etc. will all attract rodents.
If you are a gardener, you may want to pick up any fruits, berries and vegetables that fall on the ground, especially if the garden is located near your house.
Clean any dog droppings in yard, because that will attract rodents.