Do rats hide from humans?

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There is a good chance that any rat you come across will try to scamper away before you’ve had the chance to clock eyes on it. You might have seen something out of the corner of your eyes, for example, but not quite seen what it was? That might have been a rat - they can run away and hide in the smallest of cracks, holes and crevices. They can run fast, fit in small spaces, and they can even swim, climb, and dig!



The rat has so many features on its side that it doesn’t need to stand and fight when it comes across other animals that could be seen as predators - humans being a prime example. It would much rather run away, go back to its nest, eat some food and socialize with the other rats in his or her group. It knows it won’t come off victorious against something of your size and stature. It has a much higher chance of survival if it just runs and hides.

You are more than likely going to find that you will encounter a very shy rat, than one that is brave enough to stay and fight you. So shy, in fact, that you won’t even be able to trap it if you don’t manage to outsmart it. These creatures aren’t as dumb as you’d think they are. They have, after all, managed to make it from one side of the world to the other, using humans to transport them.

What happens if you do encounter a shy / hiding rat?

If you can’t seem to trap those rats, there are tricks of the trade that we will share with you to make your life easier.

Let’s say, for example, that you have been placing traps down for sometime now, but the rats still aren't being caught. You don’t seem to be getting anywhere. There are a few reasons as to why this might be happening, but there is a pretty high chance you're placing the traps in the wrong places. If you aren’t putting them down in the areas the rats or rat regularly visits, there’s a good chance the animal will miss it entirely, even with the best bait in the world.

There are a few things you can try to find out where the rats are most active. You will want to first look for the areas that have the most grease-stained patches. These are often an indication that the fur of the rat is being brushed up against that area, so if there is a lot of staining, it could show lots of activity, or a lot of rats.

Flour will help you in your quest too, as crazy as it may sound. Sprinkle some of this around on a hard and smooth floor, and little tiny paw prints will soon give the game away. You will get a good idea for where the rats are running and hiding, and the areas that are classed as high-traffic.

Of course, another reason why you might not be catching those rats, or, at least, catching as many as you thought, is the wrong bait. Rats will eat almost anything because they are scavengers, but if they aren’t taking the bait you’re putting down, try something new. Peanut butter seems to work really well, and you will need to bear in mind that fresh food - things such as meat or fresh fruit / vegetables - will rot quite quickly. Peanut butter will not, and is relatively cheap too.

Of course, if you’re having trouble catching the rat or rats in your home or business property, give us a call. We can give free advice over the phone, and in the case that you need us to do the job for you, we can usually offer same-day appointments. Oh, and we’ll do the whole job too - start to finish. Even clearing up the mess and damage that the rodents leave behind.

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