How to Cheaply Get Rid of Rats

How to Cheaply Get Rid of Rats

While it is certainly more convenient to use the latest and greatest high tech rat control devices, it is possible to get rid of rats cheaply and effectively. Some of the best ways to rid yourself of rats can be done with very little money.

Picture of Rats

Picture of Rats

Rats can be trapped with great success using your standard wooden rat trap such as those made by Victor. These can even be purchased a dozen at a time to save money. If you have a rat infestation in an attic or outbuilding, the best technique is to put out as many traps as possible and bait them all at once. This is to greatly reduce the rodent population before they become trap shy. Bait the traps with what you have available, no need for expensive commercial baits. Baits such as peanut butter, nuts, candy and bacon are but a few that people have great success with. Try baiting the traps for a week prior to setting them to get the rats used to feeding at the traps.

Place your snap traps along the rodent runs characterized by dark smudging from the oils in their fur. If possible place the traps with the trigger perpendicular to a wall. Trapping rodents with wooden snap traps works very well and is still one of the most common methods used by professional pest control companies.

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Once you have trapped most or all of the rats, it is time to seal any access point they might have used to get in the home. Check for any openings or cracks, even as small as one quarter to one half an inch. My advise is to repair any crack or hole no matter how small as rats are good at chewing holes and making little holes into big ones. If you have copper wire mesh, this is one of the best ways to plug a hole or even copper pot scrubbers made of copper mesh can be called into service. It is best to secure the mesh with caulk or an expanding type construction foam. This serves to keep the rats from pushing the mesh out of the hole. Heavy wire hardware cloth can be used to seal openings across vents, just make sure the holes in the mesh are small enough. No need to spend a lot of money, just make sure your repairs use materials the rats can’t chew through.

To make sure the little guests won’t be coming back, it is time to make your home and your property unattractive to rats. Much of this revolves around basic sanitation. Make sure your garbage can lids are tight, no excess pet food is left out, and any other potential sources of rat food such as fruit from fruit trees are cleaned up. Unfortunately this also includes birdseed. There is nothing wrong with loving birds but putting out birdseed doesn’t just feed the birds. Rodents love birdseed!

Next, remove all clutter in and around the house that rats might nest or hide in. Thick underbrush is a favorite place for rats to hide in. It is best to thin this sort of growth out as much as possible. It is also a good idea to keep any type of thick growth well away from the house. Plants growing against the house provides safe cover while rodents are busy chewing their way into your home. At the same time be sure to trim any bushes or trees touching the home as rats use bushes and trees like highways to travel to and from your house and attic. Basically the only cost involved for this cleanup is time and energy.

You can get rid of rats cheaply by using inexpensive wooden snap traps and using some sweat equity in cleaning up and sealing your home. Keep up with these basics and you can win the war against rats.

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