How to get rid of rats in the attic

Do you have rats living in your attic? You must get rid of them as soon as possible. Rats cause serious of damage with their chewing, scratching and piles of droppings. They spread disease, live in large communities, and reproduce at an alarming rate.

The first step is to Find out how the rats are getting in. Rat’s cylindrical bodies allow them to fit through a space as less than 1/2 inch wide, so you cannot overlook even the tiniest fissure or crack! Inspect your entire roof structure, vents, screens, window casings, the ridge row, and all eaves. Look for signs of a rat. Their entry holes will have large amounts of black greasy residue around them and piles of dark colored rice shaped feces.
Once you have found how they are getting in, you can decide how to stop them.

You could kill them with traps or poison but what do you do with the bodies? If you force them to leave, can you keep them out, and where would they go?

If you decided to kill them, one option is to block all the holes to the attic and spray poison. You could also lay poison bait. There are Snap traps at made with a heavy spring bar that will catch them one at a time. Either of these methods will leave you with foul bodies to deal with. If you want them to leave, Exclusion Funnels are good choice. You can even make and install them yourself, with just a few simple tools and inexpensive materials. To use the funnel, You place the large end of the funnel over a hole the rats use regularly. An Exclusion funnel allows the rat to exit through its usual hole but it is not able to get back in through the small end. Exclusion funnels are also made to attach a cage to allowing you to trap a batch of rats, as they leave. If you choose this method, you must relocate the lives rats elsewhere. If you want to try something a little more high tech, There are sonic emitters on the market that claim to drive the creatures away with lights noises, high pitch sounds that cause them discomfort. These are supposed to force the rats to go elsewhere. Once you are certain all the rats are gone, you must clean up all the debris, and be sure to seal up all the holes. When cleaning up make sure to wear protective clothing, goggles, boots, gloves, and a mask to protect from any bacteria, diseases, or bugs that might be present. Use a good enzyme based disinfectant to wash hard surfaces and throw away any soft items that are contaminated.

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How to get rid of rats in the attic

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