FAQ - How to Get Rid of Mice, Etc.
I'll now answer many of the general questions that I get
regarding rodent control. Send me your questions, and I'll
continue to update the below list:
HOW MUCH DOES RAT CONTROL COST?
That of course varies depending on the company hired. A pest
control company might charge a low monthly fee of $39.95,
but it goes on for years, because they never solve the
problem. I would expect a good, professional wildlife and
rat removal company, one who solves the rat problem
permanently, by doing full rodent-proofing repairs to the
home or building, full rat trapping, and attic cleanup, over
several service visits, to run north of $500. It is money
CAN I DO IT MYSELF?
Of course! Save money by doing the work yourself. Be aware,
it is real work, and takes a lot of time and attention to
detail. Read my do-it-yourself guide for instructions.
CAN MY REGULAR PEST CONTROL COMPANY GET RID OF
No! Hiring a company that also deals with insects is the
worst choice you can make. Read all about it on my Rat
Pest Control page.
WHO SHOULD I HIRE?
You should hire a wildlife removal company, because rats are
wild animals, not insects, and the approach to solving a
rodent problem is the same as the approach to solving a
raccoon, opossum, squirrel problem. Insects are complete
different. For any company that you are considering hiring,
read my website first, understand how the job is done
correctly, and ask the company you want to hire the correct
questions - do they seal up the rat entry points? Do they do
a full attic inspection? What is their method of rat
removal? Do they clean up afterward?
DOES RAT POISON WORK?
A resounding no! It only creates more problems, and it will
absolutely never get rid of rats. Read all about it on my
rat poison page.
ARE THERE ANY RAT REPELLENTS THAT WORK?
Unfortunately, no. Many are marketed and sold to make a
quick buck, but there is absolutely no effective repellent.
If there was, everyone would use it exclusively, and
everyone would know about it. This is the age of the
internet and information - there's lots of bad info out
there, but if there was a real repellent that worked,
everyone would know about it.
DO RATS SPREAD DISEASE?
Yes. But in my opinion, it's not like you're going to fall
over dead tomorrow just because you have rats in your attic.
However, there are real health risks, even if rare. Read my
rat diseases page for more info.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE A RAT PROBLEM?
I have written a list of symptoms on my Rat
Problems page. Basically, if you hear quick scampering
up the walls and in the ceiling at night, then that's a good
clue. Ultimately only a full property inspection will tell
you for sure. Believe me, rats leave behind a LOT of little
WHERE DO RATS LIVE?
In cities and human buildings. They aren't really wild
animals. They are city animals. Yeah, they can survive in
the wild, but they really seem suited toward human habitat,
and buildings. They love to live in attics, walls, ceilings,
crawl spaces, kitchens, warehouses, restaurants, offices,
CAN I DECREASE THE NUMBER OF RATS LIVING OUTSIDE?
Yes, by keeping things clean and by eliminating nesting
areas, particularly in buildings. Seal up rat entry points
into buildings, and there are way less rats outside. I do
not advocate mindlessly spreading poison or rat baiting
stations outside, that doesn't help a damn thing.
HOW DO I CLEAN UP RAT FECES AND OTHER WASTE?
I've written all about how to vacuum, remove by hand, and
fog with sanitizer on my decontamination page.
HOW DO I FIND AND REMOVE A DEAD RAT?
You sniff it out, basically, and if need be, cut a hole in
the wall or ceiling where the dead rat lies.
OTHER RAT INFORMATION TOPICS
What should I do with a rat after
I catch it?
What animals do rats kill?
Do rats have bones? How can they
fit in such small holes?
Do rats attack human necks?
Will a rat in the attic have a
nest of babies?
What is the best bait to trap a rat?
Do rats bite humans in their
Do rats bite sleeping
What if you are bitten by a rat
Black pepper and rats
Biology of Black Rat
Do rats dig holes? Do they burrow
under houses? How deep?
Are cage traps a good option for
What can rats climb?
Can rats hurt you?
Can rats swim? Do they drown?
Do cats keep rats away?
Do rats carry rabies?
Can Rats Chew Through Wires in a
Does car insurance cover rat
Do rats destroy insulation
in an attic?
Do rats chew on wires? Why?
What can rats chew through?
Will a rat chew through the
What are the types of rat snap
How to Make a Rat Trap
Is it legal for me to trap a rat?
Humane rat traps
What if a rat got inside my
Do rats make good pets?
Do dogs keep rats away?
Are rats dangerous to cats,
dogs, or other pets?
How to get rats out of a wall
How to keep rats out of my garden
How to keep rats out of my garbage
How to get rats out of the garage
How to get rats out of your car
Rat diseases symptoms in humans
What diseases do rats carry?
Do rats live in more urban areas, or wild areas?
Rats in New York subway
How do you remove a rat stuck in a dumpster?
Why are there so many rats in NYC?
What does rat feces look like? Where is it found?
Is rat feces dangerous to touch or breathe?
What kind of damage do rats cause in an attic?
How do I clean rat feces out of the attic?