how to get rid of rats

You do not want to have to call an exterminator again in a month or two if the rats return, or if turns out not all of the rats were removed from your property.
Use a nonlethal wire cage to trap and release rats if you want to avoid killing them.
Get rid of rats by calling a professional exterminator or doing it yourself with traps and prevention methods.
Decide whether you want to kill the rats or remove them humanely.
To remove the rats without killing them, you can use large cages to trap and release the rats.
Remove any ability for rats to enter your home by sealing all holes in your walls, doors and screens.
These are often not useful and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings against fraudulent sound machines that claim to repel rats and rodents.

Tamper-resistant bait stations or traps should be placed every 30 to 50 feet, depending on the severity of the infestation.
For rats, space placements at 15- to 30-foot intervals, depending on the severity of the infestation.
For mice, space placements at 8- to 12-foot intervals depending on the severity of the infestation.
Place bait where rats and mice will find it.
How to get rid of rats in your house, learn with this video how to kill rats , or how to catch a rat, If you realy need to get rid of rats on your property also How to kill rats and stop them from returning.
Rat poisons and sticky glue traps are currently still legal means of extermination in most areas, but the use of other inhumane methods of killing rats can and does result in legal fines and jail time in many jurisdictions.
Cervical dislocation requires having first mastered the technique so that death is instantaneous and involves direct contact with the rat; asphyxiation requires getting the ratios of vinegar to baking soda exactly right and snap traps may result in the animal being caught by paw or tail rather than killed outright resulting in great suffering.
Most of these involve direct contact with the animal and involve dispatching rats one at a time.Many people find it difficult to regard rats and mice as anything other than dangerous pests that should be killed without conscience and which are unworthy of any kind of compassion.
• Freezing rats alive: placing a rat in a container and putting it in the freezer may seem more humane than shooting or beating it to death, but it is not a quick and painless death for the animal.
The proper way to solve a rat problem is by stopping the root of the problem.  If you want to get rid of rats in your house or attic, you must first find out how they are getting in, and seal off those entry points permanently.  Once that is done, the rats should by physically trapped and removed from the building, as seen in my photo to the right.  It’s also a good idea to clean and decontaminate the mess that they’ve made.
DEAD RATS must first be wrapped in newspaper, or placed in a plastic bag before putting it in a tightly covered garbage can.
To file a complaint about rat infestations, rats in toilets or rats associated with illegal dumping of garbage and solid waste you can call us at 206-263-9566 or write us through Environmental Health’s online services portal.
If you are cleaning out a building that has been closed up, such as a cabin, shed, or garage, or areas where rodent nesting material have been found, follow these steps.
Injured or sick rats must be killed, then wrapped and put in the garbage can.
Wet down all contaminated areas, dead rodents, droppings and nesting areas with a disinfectant before cleaning.
The pitter-patter of tiny but speedy feet across your roof at dusk or dawn, birdseed that seemingly disappears overnight, tomatoes with chunks missing or large comma-shaped droppings all are indicators of rats.
Moving in an area up to 150 feet in diameter, Norway rats burrow along building foundations, beneath rubbish or woodpiles, and moist areas in and around gardens and fields.
The larger Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as brown, sewer or wharf rats, are stocky, with a blunt nose and a tail shorter than their body.
Roof rats are agile climbers and usually live and nest above ground in shrubs, trees (they particularly like palms) and dense vegetation such as ivy, honeysuckle and blackberries.
Roof rats (Rattus rattus), sometimes called black or tree rats, are slightly smaller than Norway rats.
There are two non-native rats that call Marin home: roof rats and Norway rats.
Rats are one of the most common pests in Marin County, destroying crops and wreaking serious havoc in the home and garden.
They build nests above ground from sticks, twigs, plant materials and man-made debris, hence their common name of pack rats.
Rats are potential vectors of disease, so do not touch a dead rat with bare hands and wash hands thoroughly after handling traps.
There are many readily available poison bait products that kill rats or any other animal that may consume it directly (like a dog or cat).
It's their job." ========= PublicHealth Seattle & King County Pest Control – How to get rid of rats Article explains the following Where do rats live outside? Where do rats live inside the home? What foods bring rats into my yard and neighborhood? What do rats eat when they get inside the house? Keep rats away from your home! Keep rats out of your sewer pipes! To kill a rat, use a rat trap! ========= – Getting Rid of Rats and Mice "What's the best way to get rid of these pests? Rats and mice breed rapidly, so it is important not to let them get established on your property.
I have an indoor cat but all he does is play with them and then takes them into other parts of the house and lets them go! Just the other day, I watched my neighbor’s cat chase a mouse up the sidewalk across from my house.
They eat their fill, then take pieces back to the nest (rarely inside a house, but outside somewhere: hollow tree, shed, garage, doghouse, etc.). The whole gang eats and they do dehydrate in less than a week, and their smell stays away from you and your house.
Traps that catch a mouse in a box will let them live, but you have to find some remote location to relase them.
The problem with poison is that if the mouse nibbles it and heads back into the walls, he’ll die there and you know how dead animals smell.
His mice catching technique is the old-fashioned one, not humane at all-peanut butter in a mouse trap.
I have an old house with a rock foundation so I get field mice every fall.
Cthu, no don’t burn ur house Down! I got 2 dogs and 2 cats, I got 3 mouse hunters.
1) Rodents hate the smell of amonia; soak rags or cotton balls and leave where the mice congregate.
I use the live traps and make my son drive the mice off into the woods.
The game gave me some kind of quick instruction that I missed.
I tried all the friends, tried shooting them.
Bait some with a little peanut butter, and others with a cotton ball scented with a couple drops of vanilla (this gets the ones that are nesting rather than feeding.) If you want to place some near the soffit vents, ducttape the trap to the end of a strip of wood first, and put the whole thing down there.
I found that the rats were going crazy because they couldn’t get to the poison baits in the small mouse traps.
I would call in a professional company immediately! We’ve had mice and been able to deal with them using glue traps, but that only worked when they came out of the walls into the kitchens.
Just one mouse really smells horrible, so I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a bunch of dead rats in the walls! They can apparently do a great deal of damage, and there are sanitary issues as well.
We called a well-known pest control company, they came out and baited the house, and within 24 hours we not only had no more mice, but no dead ones in the walls.
Get a jack russell for house dog.Thats what they were bred for.Mine even has like a rat head mark on her back,It has ears,jaw,even has a little nose on end.Its about 6" long.So you know shes in it deep.This dog got 5 groundhogs when she was 1 year old.Killed them.Its good for us because we have registered texas longhorns and tennessee walker horses we cannot afford to lose a cow to a ground hog hole causing broken leg.
I mean really….you plant foods they like, then expect them not to try to eat it? I’ve learned to accept that squirrels will eat my cherries unless I protect the cherries from being eaten by the squirrels, just as when I plant peanuts.
Not sure about the laws where you live but if you want to kill them smear peanut butter in an out of reach place if you have other animals like dogs and mix the peanut butter with some sort of poison.
The scent of ammonia is similar to that of a predator’s urine, so rats and mice will be deterred because they think there are potential predators nearby.
Spray the perimeter of your home with the ammonia to create a barrier that the rats and mice will not want to cross.
Rats and mice carry disease, and they often chew into furniture, woodwork and other items.
One method for getting rid of rats and mice is to use ammonia.
Place the bowls sporadically by entrances, doorways and other places where you notice rat and mice activity.
Every day we trap and kill roof rats in the attics of homes and buildings throughout Palm Beach and Broward County in South Florida, including Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Park, North Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, and Ft.
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We have heard ideas ranging from putting a piece of wood with peanut butter in a bucket of water (drowning is not the most humane option, but quicker than a sticky trap) to people who are so convinced they built a better mousetrap, and are selling their ideas in an e-book on building a humane mousetrap with materials easily found at home.
However, keep in mind that releasing an animal more than 100 yards (100 meters) away from its point of origin is not humane according to PETA, so if you don’t want a re-run of mouse vs man, a little animal suffering must ensue.
Following the prevent-and-minimize motto of green living, when it has become absolutely necessary to adjust the population balance in favor of human interests, a humane pest control solution should avoid killing if possible, and minimize stress.
A properly sprung trap will kill an animal almost instantly (do check traps often for the rare case when an animal that is only wounded and trapped must be put out of its misery).
Kaplan says she's placed working cats in several businesses and private homes and they've been extremely effective in each location.
"We get cats from the shelter deemed feral, they're going to be euthanized because they're not adoptable," says Melya.
We are saved from the environmental toxins, in our water table, our ground soil or our lungs and the rats actually leave," says Melya.
When the Los Angeles Police Department was overrun by rats, they turned to Melya Kaplan, founder of the Working Cats program.
Fries says an effective way to deter rats from invading your home is through preventative exclusions.
The Vector Control program distributes Rat Control Starter Kits to residents within San Diego County during our site inspection.  The Vector Control program is NOT a pest control company and does NOT provide poison bait.
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Landlords prior to renting a property that has just been vacated, could do a pre-check, before putting it on the market again, making sure that the property is pest free, a landlord could call in American Rat Control to check the property over, remove any evidence of rodents and plug up any holes where they can get it.
Many wildlife and pest control companies utilize trapping and poisons to exterminate rats, however there are problems with these techniques.
Rats are neophobic, which means they are scared of new objects such as a rat trap, making them one of the most difficult animals to trap, followed by armadillos and skunks.
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Exclusion: Making it impossible or very difficult for rats and other wild animals to re-enter a structure is called exclusion.
Our former writer, Manuel “Warrior” Sanchez, wrote an excellent article about rats and their sneaky ways in one of TRT’s 2009 issues.
Be sure to place the traps along the rats traveling path and leave them in the same place for a least three days before moving them to another location.
Cats are excellent hunters who to hunt rats and mice.
Cats can’t survive on rats alone, but even if you feed your cat well, it will still hunt.
Marilyn Miller of SE Bend caught him plundering her kitchen garden, an unfortunate habit that pack rats cannot seem to break.
Packing Off Pack Rats: Don’t kill the rats, move ’em  Marilyn Miller’s bushy-tailed packrat on its way to another home.
By far the most humane way many of my other friends have solved the immediate problem of too many pack rats up to mischief is live-trapping and transporting the offenders someplace else.
There are hundreds of people all over Central Oregon who have had a problem with pack rats eating, chewing, pooping all over, stacking sticks on or just stinking up everything.
Way back – when the Sun was a little old tiny thing, there weren't no Moon, and the Big Dipper was a little tin drinkn' cup – I worked with epidemiologists in our lava caves searching for plague fleas and found them on ground squirrels and in pack rat middens.
Bushy-tailed pack rats in the wild are a beautiful and wonderful part of the magnificent World of Nature.
Over the last ten years or so, I have loaned my live traps to hundreds of people who trapped their problem pack rat(s) and hauled them away.
Pack rats, along with most of our local ground squirrels, are known carriers of the flea that carries the Bubonic plague.
Pack rats do not need to drink water, but rather get what they need from the spinach, lettuce, peas and corn they eat in your garden.
Have you ever seen a guiltier look in your life than the one you find on a pack rat's face? That poor bushy-tailed pack rat was caught red-handed… No, "green-handed" would be a more accurate.
You've got to hand it to those people; their dedication to handling their pack rat problem by not killing the offending animals is nothing short of wonderful.
One fact remains, however, pack rats can cause many problems if they are not removed quickly, and with that statement comes a warning.
Then, my good friend, Scott, a fellow Volvo enthusiast, had a pack rat that built a huge stick nest under the hood of his '68 Ford pickup.
Scott probably wouldn't have minded that too much if the pack rat hadn't eaten all the insulation off the wiring harness and the spark plug wires.

However all traps, baited or unbaited, must be regularly inspected, as a dead or dying rat or a food bait can attract secondary insects and cause an infestation.
Traps should be set where rat signs are seen and in out-of-the-way, hidden areas, especially in attics, basements and near food sources.
It is important that all traps be placed where they will not be disturbed by children or pets, and that they be protected against accidental contact.
Traps can be an easy and inexpensive option, as the equipment is relatively cheap and the traps, especially if unbaited, can be left in place for long periods.