Fastest way to get rid of rats

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When you have rats, you’ll want to get rid of them in the fastest way possible, and there’s just one way guaranteed to do the trick. Don’t waste your time with things like poisons, deterrents or repellents. Don’t ever bother with “humane” live cage traps. Instead, focus all of your attention to snap traps. As inhumane as they may seem, they are your best option.



Isn’t trapping and releasing rats more humane?

In theory, yes. Of course it would be. It would be nice to think that you could trap a rat, take it somewhere nice and wild, preferably many, many miles away from your home, and then release it. It can go on ahead and have a wonderfully long and happy life in the wild, where it belongs.

Sadly, the theory is just that - a theory. It doesn’t happen like that in ‘real life’. What usually happens is that the rat will die within just a few days of being released into the wild. Why? Because rats aren’t exactly what you’d call wild these days. They live alongside humans. More rats are found in residential areas than they are wild spaces. They wouldn’t last five minutes ‘in the wild’.

When you release your rat, it won’t know where to find or a source of water. It won’t have a place to call its home, and it won’t recognize its surroundings. Rats are very social creatures, so it won’t be long before it will feel lonely. It will also become prey to a whole bunch of bigger creatures out there - creatures it won't have come across in your home, or the safety of those heavily populated urban areas. Owls, eagles, hawks, coyotes, and many, many more animals will hunt the rat out in the wild.

Using snap traps - the important points.

1 - Right, first and foremost, make sure you get rat traps. Not mouse traps. Don’t bother with electrocution traps. Just get good old fashioned snap traps.
2 - Use a decent bait, but don’t put too much thought into it. Jam and other sweet stuff will attract flies and other insects, including bees and wasps. Meat products, like cat and dog food, will attract rats for sure, but will probably attract cats and dogs, and also other wild animals - perhaps a wandering skunk or a rogue raccoon. You can use almost anything you already have in your home, however, because rats are scavengers. Eating the leftovers of others is basically what they do.
3 - Make sure you’re setting the traps in the right places. If you place it somewhere the rat never goes, it’s not likely to come into contact with it. Putting the traps in the most frequented areas of your home (by the rats) is smart, and gives you the greatest chance of getting rid of them.
4 - Make sure you check the traps regularly. Once the rat is dead, it will start to decompose rather quickly. That’s when you’ll attract flies and maggots, and your home will also be filled with a rather unpleasant scent.
5 - Don’t even think about setting a single trap until you have made sure you have already sealed every hole that is leading the rats right into your home. What's the point? You’ll just be catching a rat, getting rid of it, and needing to place the traps down again to catch yet another rat that has entered through the hole you STILL haven’t sealed up.

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If you have any questions or comments, e-mail me at david@attic-rat.com