How to Get Rid of Rats

Rats can bite, destroy your property, and can cause potential health concerns. Use these helpful tips to eliminate rats from your property.


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Got a home infestation on your hands? Before you call the exterminator, try these solutions to rid yourself of insects, rodents, and more.

You Will Need

  • Metal garbage cans with tight fitting lids
  • Non-toxic repellant
  • Live traps
  • Peanut butter
  • Apple
  • Potato
  • Steel mesh


  1. Step 1

    Remove food source

    Remove food sources from the area, such as pet food, fruits from trees, birdseed, and dog manure.

  2. Step 2

    Clean yard of debris

    Keep your yard free of debris, trash, and tall grass. Organize and elevate stored items.

  3. Stack firewood 18 inches off the ground.

  4. Step 3

    Use metal garbage cans

    Keep trash in metal garbage cans with tight fitting lids.

  5. Step 4

    Use rat repellant

    Use non-toxic rat repellent to deter rats from entering your property.

  6. Step 5

    Set live traps

    Set live traps around the infested area. Bait the traps with peanut butter, apple slices, or pieces of potato.

  7. Make sure traps are in a safe place away from children and pets.

  8. Step 6

    Prevent entry

    Prevent entry into your home or shed by sealing off holes that are larger than ½-inch wide. Use steel mesh to seal openings, since rats can gnaw holes in wood and plastic.

  9. The most commonly encountered rat in residential areas is the Norway rat, which is 12 to 18 inches long with a tail that is 5 to 8 inches long.