How to Catch a Rat
Discovering rats in your home or business can be a traumatic experience. In addition to the physical damage they can do to the property, rats can spread disease and create unpleasant odors throughout the area. Thankfully, once you identify the problem, there are many options available for catching a rat.
Begin by identifying the type of rat that is causing the problem, determining its high traffic areas and selecting the rat trap that best meets your circumstances and needs. The following information will guide you through the process of getting rid of rats in your home or business.
Where do you live?
- Norway Rats, also called brown rats, are the most common type of rat and found within most of the U.S.
- Roof Rats, also called black rats, are less common and primarily found within 100 miles of the coastline in gulf and western states.
- Grayish-brown fur
- Small ears
- Blunt nose
- Tail is shorter than body
- Dark gray to black fur
- Large ears
- Pointy snout
- Tail is longer than body
- Smudge marks from fur along baseboards or travel paths
- Gnaw marks on corner of walls, floor joists, and wall studs
- Strong musty odor
- Unusual scratching sounds
Once you have determined whether it’s a Roof Rat or a Norway Rat and identified its activity areas, use the information below to determine the type of rat trap that will best meet your needs.
- Use only small amounts of bait for the best results
- It's best to leave traps baited, but not set, in high activity areas for 2-3 days, this will allow the rats to become comfortable with the new object
- Kills per set of batteries
- Batteries Required
- Battery Life
- Kill Method
- Kill Chamber Size
Benefits of Electronic Traps
- Humane, high-voltage shock kills rodent
- No-touch, no-see design
- Easy-to-use: Bait, place, turn on, empty
- No chemicals or poisons
- Trap is reusable or disposable
- High efficacy
- Place along walls or in high areas for best results
- Electronic traps are designed for indoor use only
- Use with caution around children and pets
- Shop Rat Zapper® Ultra
- 4 "D" batteries
- 2 years in standby mode
- Humane, 8,000 volt shock
- Shop Electronic Rat Trap
- 4 "C" batteries
- 1 year in standby mode
- Humane, 7,000 volt shock
Benefits of Snap Traps
- Consistent quality from a century-old brand
- No Chemicals or poisons, can be used around children or pets
- Proven design
- Traps are reusable or disposable
- Ideal for runway trapping
- Can be used indoors or outdoors
- Best used in clusters of 2 or 3 in high activity areas
- Be sure to secure the trap to the floor
- Use with caution around children and pets
- Original, wood-based, wire snap trap with metal trip pedal or scented, swiss cheese pedal
- Uses FSC® certified wood
- Made in the U.S.A.
- High-impact kill bar for a quick, humane kill
- Set and release with just one click
- Large trip pedal is easily activated by rat
The best way to handle a rat infestation is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Eliminating the opportunities for rats to enter your home or business and making it unpleasant for them to nest or feed there are the best ways to stop an infestation before it begins. Here are some tips for making sure the infestation doesn't recur.
- Thoroughly clean kitchen and other areas where food is stored and consumed
- Make sure all food storage containers (including pet food, bird seed, etc.) are tightly sealed
- Store belongings off of floor to eliminate potential shelter areas
- Rodent-proof hard to reach areas that are often neglected
- Clean pet bowls at night
- Trim overgrown vegetation and shrubbery until ground underneath is visible
- Remove debris such as rock or brush piles and old equipment
- Elevate lumber and firewood at least 18 inches and away from the house
- Keep garage doors closed
- Trim tree branches back from roof line
- Screen off chimneys and vents
- Fill in any hole larger than a quarter
- Steel wool
- Sheet metal
Emit a high frequency ultrasound at varying volumes and frequencies that is inaudible to humans and unpleasant to rats and other rodents, causing them to nest and feed in areas where the sound is not present.
The Victor® PestChaser® is available in many sizes and is the only electronic rodent repeller backed by over 20 years of laboratory research and proven field results.
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