How to Deal with Rats in Your House

Rat in EggshellOne of the problems which often annoy homeowners is the rats. Most of the house mice are nocturnal animals and scared of a bright light. However, they also often search for foods during the day. Mice are opportunistic omnivores because they will eat anything. Here are some tips on how to get rid of rats from your house.

Stop feeding
Rats feel comfortable at home because they enjoy protection and food. So, to get rid of them, you should store your foods in sealed containers and clean the house. Use a broom or vacuum cleaner, clean up all the crumbs on the floor, couch, under furniture, and any food scraps. You should also pay attention to pets’ food, because it can be a source of rats’ food too.

Make the house mouse-proof
Mouse – proofing in the house can be in vain if the mice can still enter from outside. Try to walk around the exterior of your home. Find any holes, cracks, or anything that could be a possible door for mice. Use a combination of coating and steel wool to close the hole. Do not forget to check the area under the eaves. Make sure the vent hole has a small size (0.5 inches or less), the door is tight enough without leaving any space underneath, and outside, make sure the trash is completely closed without leaving any foods which can invite mice.

Install a mousetrap
Advantage of a mousetrap is that it can be used repeatedly. In addition to the conventional mousetrap, now there is also widely available electric mousetrap which works either with AC power and the battery. The way of working is the same as snap traps. Place the traps where the mouse might often get together. Using baits such as butter or peanut butter.

Rat poison? Effective but dangerous
Using rat poison is effective when the rat population increases significantly. The poison is usually put in foods such as cheese, meat, or peanuts. After the rats eat food mixed with poison, the poison will react in an hour. Because it does not kill the mice immediately, it will give chances for the rats to hide in a certain place and die.  As a result, the dead mice are difficult to find until you smell the wafted carcass. Thus, if there are kids or pets in your house, you should avoid the use of rat poison.

Rats a nest in the box, drawer, or attic
After doing the tips above, you may still have to find the rats’ nest and / or the decaying carcasses. If you happen to find a nest in boxes in the attic, wear gloves and a mask and then throw it away. Rats also usually defecate around the nest, so you have to do the cleaning. Use a mixture of bleach water (1 tablespoon of bleach per 1 gallon of water) to clean the area. If you want it to be cleaner and less toxic, try using enzymatic cleaners. These cleaners contain bacteria that can eliminate things causing bad odor.

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