Rats can bite, destroy your property, and can cause potential health concerns. Use these helpful tips to eliminate rats from your property.
You will need
- Metal garbage cans with tight fitting lids
- Non-toxic repellant
- Live traps
- Peanut butter
- Steel mesh
Step 1 Remove food source Remove food sources from the area, such as pet food, fruits from trees, birdseed, and dog manure.
Step 2 Clean yard of debris Keep your yard free of debris, trash, and tall grass. Organize and elevate stored items.
Stack firewood 18 inches off the ground.
Step 3 Use metal garbage cans Keep trash in metal garbage cans with tight fitting lids.
Step 4 Use rat repellant Use non-toxic rat repellent to deter rats from entering your property.
Step 5 Set live traps Set live traps around the infested area. Bait the traps with peanut butter, apple slices, or pieces of potato.
Make sure traps are in a safe place away from children and pets.
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.
Did You Know:
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.