I Smell a Rat: Keys to Successful Rat Removal

Most homeowners know that rats can be dangerous for people and their homes. Not only can rats spread disease through hair and droppings, they know how to gnaw through tough materials, including wood, cable, and wire. Chewed electric cabling is especially hazardous: it may lead to electrocution and electrical fires. Fortunately, there are proven strategies for preventative pest control and rat removal. With some forethought and the help of an exterminator, your furry pests can vanish.

Preemptive Pest Control

Try to secure your house before rats show up. First, make sure that you aren't giving rats shelter. Close all garbage can lids tightly, and keep your alleys and yards as clean as possible. You should also plant bushes at least three feet from your house. Besides not providing shelter, it is important not to feed your unwanted guests. Get rid of any fruits and vegetables in your yard. Also, avoid composting animal products, such as fish, eggs, cheese, and meat.

Effective Rat Removal

Rat poison is a risky way to practice rat removal. Children and small animals might accidentally eat rat poison. Also, rat poison often leads to dead rodents in hard-to-reach places, causing mysterious and foul odors. Generally, rattraps are a safer and more effective method of pest control. Rattraps also offer a humane option for rat removal, with a box-type snare that captures rodents without hurting them.

If you have a rat-removal job that seems tricky, you should contact an exterminator for professional help. Not only can an exterminator implement high-quality pest control, he or she can help make sure that your whiskered vermin stay away for good.


"Pest Control: How to Get Rid of Rats," King County Public Health
"Solutions Without Suffering," PETA
"Getting Rid of Mice and Rats," Direct.Gov.Uk

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