How to get rid of rats
Rats and mice are the last thing anyone wants to find scampering around their property. From causing damage to spreading disease, infestations can cause serious problems, especially if they continue to grow without property treatment. While it can feel impossible to get rid of rats and mice, there are a few steps you can take to eliminate infestations:
- Reduce clutter around your home
- Dispose of trash immediately
- Properly store your food
- Keep your kitchen clean
- Set traps or bait
- Partner with an expert
What Attracts Rats to Your House?
Rats are drawn to residential spaces by a combination of factors that provide them with shelter, food, and water. Cluttered environments, unchecked entry points such as gaps in walls or vents, and unkempt surroundings create ideal habitats for these rodents. Additionally, the availability of food sources, including improperly stored garbage, spilled birdseed, or accessible pet food, serves as a significant lure.
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How to Use Homemade Rat Traps
Reducing clutter and properly storing food are some great ways to avoid an infestation, but these tactics often do little if there are already rats or mice in your home. One effective way to combat an infestation is to use a trap, but it’s important to be cautious if you choose to use this method. It’s easy to accidentally expose yourself to dangerous bacteria or pathogens when cleaning out traps or handling corpses.
The best homemade rat trap to reduce your contact with the pest is the bucket method. This trap uses a 5-gallon bucket and a small ramp that leads up to the ledge. Place some peanut butter in the bottom of the bucket, and place the trap in an area where you know rodents commonly visit. Eventually, the rats or mice will climb up the ramp in search of the peanut butter, fall in, and be unable to escape.
Professional Rodent Control in Suffolk County & Nassau County
Handling a rodent infestation is anything but pleasant, and unfortunately, most DIY solutions aren’t very effective. To quickly get rid of your rodent problem and prevent it from getting worse, we recommend working with a licensed pest control professional who knows how to quickly eliminate the pests.
If you live in Suffolk County & Nassau County and need fast, effective rodent control, turn to the experts at Suburban Exterminating! With fast response times and years of experience, our team is prepared to tackle even the most stubborn infestation.