Rats are a problem that can be harmful to people
when they infest a domestic or commercial
property, so it is natural to want to deal with
them as soon as possible. One of the first things
to note is that rats will often have been
attracted by sources of food, and in some cases
the food stocks in those buildings will need to be
checked for signs of the rats having been nibbling
at them, and disposed of if the rats have
contaminated it. The simplest method is still the
best when it comes to dealing with rats, and
trapping the animals is humane and effective when
it comes to getting rid of large and small rat
Which Traps Are Best For Getting Rid Of Rats?
There are several different types of traps that can be used to kill rats, and the simple snap traps with their spring mechanism are still very effective, and are affordable especially if you are dealing with an infestation in a larger building. There are also other traps that have either plastic or metal mechanisms that also close around the rat when they try to get to the bait. You should however look to avoid any type of glue trap, as this is certainly no more effective than the snap traps but are not at all humane and can leave you in a position of dealing with a live rat stuck to a board when you are checking your traps.
The Importance Of Locating The Traps Well
Whatever the type of trap that you choose to use, location is very important as to whether or not the trap will be successful, so make sure you take time to identify the right location for your trap. You should be looking for areas where the rats are most active, and whether it is in the attic, in wall cavities or in outbuildings, look for signs such as rat droppings and smudges of brown grease on walls to indicate the rats are active. You should also use a tasty bait to try and attract the rats too, and this can be something like peanut butter, soft cheese or marshmallows.
Monitoring To Ensure All Rats Are Removed
When you have an appropriate number of traps set up, you should check on them at least once a day and remove any carcasses promptly, otherwise they can start to attract other pest animals if they are allowed to stay there for too long. You should also keep an eye on the different areas where rats have been a problem, and once you have started catching the rats, then you also monitor to see if there are any more signs of activity, or if they start to become old signs of rat presence. Keep trapping until you no longer see new signs of rat activity.
Preventing Future Rat Infestations
Once you are confident that you have caught all of the rats, make sure that you are sealing any of the access points that the rats were using to get in and out of the building. You should also have a look to try and identify any of the food sources that the rats were gaining access to, and where possible look to move these into solid containers that cannot be ripped open easily. Monitoring the situation is also a wise move, as the sooner that you spot the signs of rats being present, the sooner that you will be able to deal with a fresh infestation and stop the rats from becoming a more significant problem.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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How to get rid of rats - my main rat removal info guide.
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Rat job blog - learn from great examples of rat jobs I've done.
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