Rats can be a big problem when they find their way into your home. Unfortunately you may not notice you have a rat problem until the rat infestation gets quite large and the problem is more difficult to deal with. Rats can cause significant damage to your property, carry and spread disease and contaminate food. Luckily there are ways you can effectively deal with rat problems, the best way is by setting traps. Below we will explain the best ways to find an eliminate a rat infestation in your home.
How to Find Rats in Your Home
The first step to successfully getting rid of rats from your property is to find where they have made their nest. This can be quite difficult as rats are nocturnal so you wont often see them during the day but there are a few tell tale signs you can look out for that will indicate their presence such as:
- Seeing live or dead rats
- Rat droppings, especially around bins and food both human and pet.
- Scratching noises usually coming from the attic or walls at night.
- Finding nests or nesting materials in rarely used areas of your house.
- Gnawing marks on wires or wood around the house.
- Burrows in the garden, under the house or chewed fruit on trees you may have.
- Greasy smudges along walls.
Once you have found signs of rats in your home you needs to set rat traps or baits.
There are a few different types of traps you can use:
Snap Traps – These are probably the most effective and least expensive rat trap you can use, they can be either wooden or plastic. They capture and kill the rats but you need to make sure you get the bigger traps labelled rat control as a smaller mouse trap would not likely kill or hold the rat instead you could just end up inhumanly hurting the rat.
Live Traps – These traps take advantage of the rats natural curiosity. These traps allow the rat to walk in but they cant get get back out so they are captured but not killed. It is important to regularly check these traps and empty them. As well as this once you have caught a rat it needs to either be released somewhere away from your home so it cant re enter and somewhere it wont be of harm to others.
Glueboards – These are not the most effective rat traps due to the fact that rats are large rodents so they can sometimes pull themselves loose, or if they only have one or two feet caught they are strong enough to drag the board around with them.
As with the rat traps there are a few different types of baits you can choose from.
Bating Traps – These work by attaching bait to the trap with either thread, wire or glue. The best baits to use are, dog food, nuts, dried fruit or dried meat. Sofet food such as peanut butter or cheese that usually work well for mice are not so effective with rats as they may be able to get to the bait without setting the trap off.
Rodenticides – These are poison pesticides used for killing rats and mice. Some shops will stock them in some baits sold as disposable ready to use stations, but access to rodenticides without being a professional pest controller is now limited to help safeguard children and household pets from misuse of the product. It is important to follow instructions on these products correctly and precisely.
Bait Stations – These are an enclosed piece of equipment in which a rodenticide is placed. These don’t trap the rats, however when properly installed the rat can enter the station to eat the poison bait, while the bait is protected from accidental human or pet contact.
If you have a rat infestation and your are unsure on how to use any of the methods for catching the rats or the population is too large for you to deal with then contact Pestcotek Ltd today to see how we can help – 01507 328585 or if you need more information about rat infestations then check out our rat page using this link: https://www.pestcotek.com/rat-control-lincolnshire