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
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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