Rats: How to Get Rid of Rats for Good!

Rat populations, specifically Norway and Roof rats, are on the rise all over the United States, particularly in urban areas. Known as carriers of disease, these creatures are drawn to areas of dense human population where they can easily find food and places to establish nests.

While historically associated with the spread of bubonic plague, rats do not themselves transmit the frightening disease. The creatures are instead the means by which the fleas that carry the plague pathogen are exposed to humans.

Rats do spread other diseases which put human health and safety at risk. These include leptospirosis (which damages liver and kidneys) spread by their urine; Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (viral illness that can have long term physical effects) transmitted through both rat saliva and urine; and rat bite fever. Most of these diseases and illnesses are also transmittable through rat feces.

The very idea of a rat infestation is the stuff of nightmares for most of the general public and the first impulse is to kill the rats or find someone who will. The pest control industry is seeing rapid job growth due to the increase in rat infestations nationwide.

There are humane and inhumane methods for rat control. Humane techniques may or may not result in the death of the animal; inhumane means end inevitably in death, usually prolonged and painful.

Humane Rat Control Methods

Animal rights advocates recommend attempting to live in harmony with rat species whenever possible. This is accomplished by rat-proofing a property to make it less attractive to rodents on the theory that prevention of a problem is always the cheapest and most effective way of dealing with it.

When animals must be removed from an already infested property animal rights activists suggest the use of non-lethal traps. These traps capture the animals alive and unharmed and must be immediately followed by the release of the rats outdoors. Release does not mean dumping the rats miles away from point of capture but rather within 100 yards of the original location. Rats released farther away than this are more likely to die or be killed due to their unfamiliarity with their surroundings.

Live capture traps must be checked frequently—as often as hourly—to protect the rats from injury, dehydration and starvation. Release should also occur as quickly as possible to avoid stressing the animals to the point of injury and death.

DOING IT Humanely and Permanently

When there is no alternative to a rat infestation other than extermination, there are means and methods that are considered more humane; dispatching the animal quickly and as painlessly as possible. Most of these involve direct contact with the animal and involve dispatching rats one at a time.Many people find it difficult to regard rats and mice as anything other than dangerous pests that should be killed without conscience and which are unworthy of any kind of compassion.

• Asphyxiation: Euthanasia using carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only method approved by the American Veterinary Association for home use. Vinegar and baking soda when mixed together produce C023 gas. When combined in the proper amounts these common household ingredients produce C02 levels that will first anesthetize then kill the rodent. In addition to the vinegar and baking soda, an airtight container must be secured to contain the carbon dioxide gas and animal.

• Cats are natural predators of rodents; rat terriers were specifically bred over centuries to catch and kill rats. How humane this method can be is a point of debate, but it has the advantage of being the most natural way to totally get rid of these rodents.

Snap trap rat traps: This is the old tried and true mechanical mousetrap technology, only with a larger trap to accommodate the species’ larger size. If properly loaded and set the spring action of the trap kills instantaneously.

• Electrocution traps: are fairly new inventions marketed as a “green” alternative to the use of rat poison. These devices lure the animal into a containment chamber and automatically administer a lethal electric shock.

• Cervical dislocation involves physically restraining the rat belly down on a hard surface. A quick, decisive yank on the tail that results in the sound of ripping or popping should result in a quick death. This is not a method for the squeamish and if not performed correctly can result in great suffering for the animal.

Even these so called humane methods of rat extermination have significant drawbacks. Cervical dislocation requires having first mastered the technique so that death is instantaneous and involves direct contact with the rat; asphyxiation requires getting the ratios of vinegar to baking soda exactly right and snap traps may result in the animal being caught by paw or tail rather than killed outright resulting in great suffering.

Non-Humane Rat Control Methods

These include:There are any number of methods for killing rats which are not only inhumane; most are downright violent and some are illegal.

• Blunt-force trauma: this method of dispatching a rat is considered the least humane and is prohibited by law in many jurisdictions. Blunt force trauma can be administered by picking a rat up by the tail and bashing its head against a wall, placing the rat in a sack and striking with a mallet or hammer. Usually the animal is not killed with the first blow and must be repeatedly struck.

Shooting with a projectile: While this might seem more humane than blunt force this method depends on hitting the rat in the brain stem on the first shot using a BB or air gun, or using guns that fire bullets. There will be blood and tissue splatter which can spread disease; suffering will be extreme if the first shot is not a kill shot. There is always the possibility of missing the target entirely and endangering others with a stray shot or ricochet.

• Freezing rats alive: placing a rat in a container and putting it in the freezer may seem more humane than shooting or beating it to death, but it is not a quick and painless death for the animal.

• Sticky glue traps are trays or boards which have been sprayed with industrial strength adhesives. These devices capture rats and mice when the creatures walk into or across them. Death takes days and is usually the result of a combination of dehydration, starvation, exhaustion and stress. Struggling may result in tissue tearing and other trauma. These types of traps are cheap, but can also trap beloved pets and beneficial animals and insects.

• Drowning: Again, less violent and seemingly more painless than other methods, but still inhumane due to the time it takes a rat to drown (which can be several minutes).

• Rat Poison: although still used by many consumers and pest control companies, rat poison does not provide a quick or painless death. Whether anti-coagulant based or chemical, poisons can take up to a week to actually kill the animal during which time they will suffer horrendously.

Rat poisons and sticky glue traps are currently still legal means of extermination in most areas, but the use of other inhumane methods of killing rats can and does result in legal fines and jail time in many jurisdictions.

Best Way to Get Rid of THESE CRITTERS according to…

Animal rights advocates such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) advocate means and methods which do not involve death. Killing rats according to these animal activists only removes the problem temporarily—get rid of one and another will inevitably and quickly take its place.

First and foremost, these groups stress the importance of controlling the problem before it begins by reducing the attractiveness of a location to rats. Making a house impervious to rats is the single most important action that a property owner can take to prevent rat infestations.

Suggested actions to take to rat-proof a structure include:

• Keeping living areas clean and free of easily accessible food and water sources. This means cleaning up food spills as they occur; storing food items in gnaw proof containers; keeping food preparation areas diligently free of grease and food debris; repairing leaks in water pipes and fixtures immediately on discovery and avoiding areas of standing water as much as possible in and around the house.

• Sealing off rat points of entry in buildings and homes. Rats are opportunistic and ingenious; they take advantages of cracks and crevices as small as a quarter to gain access to structures. Roof rats have also been observed using phone lines to gain entry via small openings in house eaves. Basements with wooden floors and openings in building foundations are other points of vulnerability.

• Do not feed pets outdoors or have food dishes permanently positioned outside the house. If there is no alternative to outside feeding, pick up dishes and food debris promptly and thoroughly after pets have finished eating. When storing pet (or human) food in sheds, garages or basements sturdy plastic, glass and metal containers must be used.

• Do not maintain a birdfeeder near the house. The spillage from bird feeders is a huge attractant to rats. Either feed birds only in times of severe weather when they cannot forage for themselves or station feeders away from house, garage and other outbuildings.

• Keep grass cut and bushes at least 18 inches away from the outside of the house. This exposes points of available entry and makes it more difficult for rats to roam about unobserved. This action will also reveal burrows and nests near the house and should help with removing rats in backyards. Rats like most wild creatures avoid high exposure areas.

• Keep woodpiles away from the sides of homes and garages. Wood stacked against the side of a structure can allow rats to burrow into structures unseen or hide existing points of entry. This will pre-emptively eliminate the possibility of rats in walls by cutting off a prime avenue of access.

Ideally, these simple, effective measures result in natural population control by denying rats sustenance and shelter. Rats can and do live in areas of high human population density undetected and without creating significant public health hazards when these methods are assiduously employed.

244 thoughts on “Rats: How to Get Rid of Rats for Good!”

  1. My barn has become infested with a large number of rats – 40 plus and still reproducing. I believe this is due to chicken feed that I was not able to clean up during a very cold winter. I think a DIY method is not suitable for this many. Friends want me to sue poison but I do not want to. I am think of hiring a rat catcher expert who uses snap traps and guarantees his work.

    Can you give me advice on the best way to proceed.

        1. Get a5 gallon bucket fill the bottom layer with bleach use the hangar that you carry the bucket with stretched across straight and make sure it doesn’t move take a soda can poke some holes for smell and put peanut butter and bacon inside it run the straight hanger handle through the bottom of the Can through the opening of the drinking spout when they climb on to the can it will flip the rat over and drop him into the bucket he will not be able to get out an instant death from bleach afixation poisoning other animals bigger like dogs and cats will not attempt to mess with that contraction if you are using traps don’t throw them away they are almost blind and fallow sent a dead rat in a trap is like a repeat affendor

    1. I have put out and successfully used the original design snap traps to catch 27 in the last 4 days. I have 24 traps out baited with a peanut butter, flour bait. I put plastic “milk crates” over the traps with a rock on top in an effort to keep out unwanted animals like cats and dogs and chickens. So far, no problems.

    2. I have caught several this way. By using a very tall trash can or even an outdoor trash can and line the inside three-quarters of the way up with a lot of oil such as cooking oil or anything slick maybe coconut oil. Put something in the bottom of the can that smells good like peanut butter. Either put a 2×4 leading up to the top of the trash can or set it by a ledge or counter. They will jump into it or slide into it going at the peanut butter but they won’t be able to climb back out. Of course you would have to check it daily and you don’t want it in a lot of wind where the oil just soaks up dust and does not stay slick. I have caught two or three a night this way. I just put the poison blocks along with the peanut butter at the bottom of the trash can but if you choose you can drive them and release them to another area however you’re going to want to take them five or six miles away not a few hundred yards or Mile like what people are saying.

    3. Mainçoon cats. They are very big cats and do a great job. i have a half breed coon . And he keeps my 100 plus year old house pretty rat free. And I’m dealing with pretty big brown or black rats. And they have a lot of ways to get UN

    4. I bought a live trap called “The Ratinator”. 2nd day and have caught 25, I bait it with a peanut butter sandwich and within a few hours have trapped a dozen at a time, they are in my barn also, it’s spring now and they are brazen as hell, so, no feeding chickens in the barn, and the trap, I hope to eliminate them. I relocate them in the woods by a pod 2 miles from home. No poison, no snap traps to decapitate the hens, and no bodies to dispose of. The trap really works well.

    5. Rats are pests, They are also living creatures that feel pain and terror and are just trying to survive. You can get rid of them with cruelty or with kindness. Not being abe to bear the thought of an agonising death by poison lasting up to a week I chose the latter. Here’s how I got rid of all my rats humanely:

      1. I scrubbed the areas where they had been and applied two washings of Jeyes Fluid (They don’t like the smell).
      2. I identified all entry points and blocked them with wire wool
      3, I plugged in two sonic devices (Depends on the size of your house)
      4. I soaked cotton wool balls in euca5lptus (Available from pharmacists) and placed them around. the smell repels them
      5. I made sure that not a single scrap of food had been left out

      Result -Within two days they had vanished. I suspect they are now living in the adjacent field.
      Please – before you resort to cruel means, try this.

      1. Thanks for the helpful information. Too many kids, dogs and cats to use anything harmful around here. I’ll be trying them very soon. Thanks again!!! Eve

    1. I have huge rats that’ve chewed through a solid wooden door to enter an outside storage room, chewed their way into the wooden eaves, into two different parts of my roof. I deposit poison, wait a few days then seal up the holes with aluminum/metal sheeting, cut to size and foam stuff sealant. They just move to another part of the house!I have a cat and dog, but keep them away because of the poison. Yes, kill ALL rats! Humane, nothing. They serve no useful purpose, just cause damage and spread disease.

          1. Yes I agree, your trolling of people who are clearly at their wits end with rodent problems is highly innapriopriate. Perhaps you would like to offer your humane services for free, or perhaps you’d just like to shut up and stop trolling people.

          2. To “Steve”:
            Yaj’s “Highly Inappropriate” was directed toward the person who wrote “Go auschwitz on them”. Yaj is right; that is very inappropriate. For those who didn’t know, Auschwitz was the infamous concentration camp where over 1 million Jews were imprisoned and almost 1 million were murdered, as well as Poles, Gypsies and Homosexuals. No one should ever joke about such a hellish place.

    2. I had a pet rat. He was supposed to be dinner for a snake. He was placed in the snake cage huddled in a corner just waiting to be eaten and he actually ended up killing the snake! When the snake’s owner was going to “flush” him, (as in…down the toilet) I said “oh hell no! That rat has been through enough.” He was the coolest pet ever. He was smart, sweet, and actually came to you when you called him. Further, he was very clean and did not stink. Every being, rats included, deserve to be treated humanely.

      1. Child molesters? Rapists? Mass murderers?
        No – everything should NOT be humanely treated and the dirty A*S Rats need to die

        1. Okay rats are not dirty they clean themselfs very offten two would you like to be killed for trying to survive? three i was molested as a child but don’t want my molesters to be killed i rather they live with thier guilt and shame of what they did.

          Pepermint oil can be used to getrid of rats without killing them pluss spiders hate it too. Mothballs can be used as a deturint dryer sheets, cyan pepper,live traps then release in another city or an enimes house or yard,

          ~~Tatterdsoul~~

          1. Sorry but I want the rats dead I have a small child with a feeding tube and we’re bout getting sick ugh god knows I want them gone

          2. Hello,
            Sadly I must completely contradict your statements above.
            We bought an older”wooden” house and found we are living with a hellacious amount of cockroaches and more than a dangerous amount of RATS!
            I have a disabled man who I take care of. He can move about and a bit by scooting across the bed or travel out of his room or house with a Power Chair, but other than than he is bedridden
            I have tried these remedies so far:
            **PEPPERMINT OILS – DO NOT WORK!
            **BAY LEAVES – DO NOT WORK!
            **MOTH BALLS – DO NOT WORK!
            **GREEN RAT POISON CUBES (they are supposed to eat them) – DO NOT WORK!
            **SCENTED DRYER SHEETS – DO NOT WORK!
            **5 MINUTE PLASTER/OATMEAL – DOES NOT WORK!
            **ONIONS (sent them from one room to the other for 2 days – then they were back even with the fresh onions daily) – DOES NOT WORK WELL! AT ALL!
            **RAT TRAPS (Unless you buy the ones by “Victor” they are POOR at best. VICTOR TRAPS WORK THE BEST AS THEY ARE SUPER STRONG AND KILL WHEN THEY SNAP, unless they simply get some appendage. Their STRENGTH and SPEED MAKE THEN VERY EFFECTIVE, ON MOST OCCASIONS) – WORKS WELL, CONSIDERING!
            **DROWNING (IF and that is a big IF, as Rats are learning vermin, IF, You can actually get them “up” these 2 x 4’s to the greasy ledges and wires, etc., and they “ACTUALLY” fall into the water, your odds of them remaining in the water long enough to drown is slim. If the water is “too high” they can jump out,literally – JUMP! SWEAR! If the sides are not ultra smooth and oiled or greased, they climb up the sides and escape). – DOES NOT WORK!
            **CATS – I now have 4 cats:
            ~Grandma – The 1st is an older (named Grandma) Mama Cat and I guess/think she maybe too old to chase for food.
            ~Daisy – This 2nd Cat (daughter of her daughter – don’t know if they know or care about that stuff) has on more than one occasion brought me little mouse “head” (I won’t think about where the rest is – especially since the cats walk all over us an “kiss” us, etc.)
            Lately, I have been awakened on more than one instance where the cats has the “living, squirming, and screeching, RAT in it’s mouth, chowing down, as the RAT bleeds on my sheets. I know they are catching them, but not fast or often enough.
            ~ Thom & Buster – Brothers, we got these 2 upon birth, with Buster as the runt. Wrong Color, wrong attitude, just did not fit in the family! I suppose since we had them from conception and they are JUST SO DAMN CUTE, they may have been played with to much, or cuddled too much, or maybe too young still – what ever the case – they look at the Mice and RATS, from the highest perches in the room, and watch them play and run and hide and so on and so on and so on. . . . .
            They BOTH ARE THE MOST AFFECTIONATE CATS I HAVE EVER SEEN (and I have had cats for 72 years!).
            ~Buster will come running at 20 mph and JUMP up on my chest and the purring is deafening it is so loud (Thom does this as well – who taught whom – ?)
            Then (either of them – again) will then come up to my mouth and nose area and breathe my breath, lick my nose or mouth, and proceed to stretch out as far as they can. Since they are maybe 3 months now, Buster reaches from my Neck to my lower abdomen, and prefers to be hanging off some ledge, body part or furniture. They will stay like that for HOURS!
            At night I wake up with “hot spots” where the cats have been the same spot so long the heat from their body wakes me up!
            Consensus – I screwed them up by making them people cats and not predators.
            Cats – DO NOT WORK WELL (in this case)!

            The on and on drone of my voice has even bored me at this point.

            My NEED here is a solution that is FAST EFFECTIVE and FINANCIALLY POSSIBLE.

            We are not HOARDERS but we do have a lot of “STUFF” in the house (3 Bdrms, 1 1/2 Bth).
            One Bedroom for my Physically Challenged Partner,one for me and one for Boxes. We went from a 3 bedroom house and 2 Businesses. to this house and it being our home, new attempt at a business and our STORAGE!
            I ASSUME THAT IS A START TO OUR PROBLEM WITH THE RATS. SO WE ARE MOVING THINGS HOPING TO SCARE (ha), spray with horrible cologne like “The HULK” or Old Spice, etc., and hope they leave from our bad taste in fashion (a joke of course), and hope we find some of the nests.
            NOW, our freezer is stacked with maybe 60 plus RATS, as that is how they are to be killed HUMANELY!
            Not so sure of that as per my Aunt who went looking for Hot Dogs! AFV where are you now?
            All jesting aside I need a remedy. I fear of my Partner being bitten – (heard/read they don’t just do that – but don”t now for sure), I fear my animals being bitten, I fear the disease they spread, I fear the very near point of having to leave the house is coming!
            I thought about spraying them with Clorox, so they will perish (forgive me everyone that hates death that or any similar way). But then thought they would not die NOW. They would crawl off somewhere and die and rot and it get worse.
            The interior walls have already been broken down and removed from the kitchen and bathroom #1 and most of bathroom #2.

            ****HELP ME PLEASE.

            ~~~ You see what I have done, now tell me what to do!

            My Partner was a vivacious, spontaneous, spirited, very well known and acknowledged Hairdresser to Celebrities all over North America and Latin America.
            The result of this multi decade career, includes an Entourage of phenomena such as Cher, Diana Ross, Sam Elliot, Farrah Fawcett, Lee Majors, and Jamie Lee Curtis to name but a few.

            Now with this sudden onset of illness, LIFE has done a complete turnabout from Ever Ready Bunny to The Blob.

            I fear one day to wake up and find the QUALITY of life was just no longer worth it.
            We have no money to get up and go somewhere else.
            Property values have cut our house deeply. Example = The House next door was bought for $595,000 in 1998 and is on the Tax Rolls here in Florida for $213,025. We are in that same boat but we are in a dinghy not a sail boat like the one next door!
            Our Property Value has gone down (Hated Math, so can’t tell yo the percentage but we went down $138,000 in our property value.

            So before I wake up alone, with 4 Cats and 3 Dogs, a lot of Rats (100’s I am told) and Millions of Cockroaches (another story), I need and want some desperately needed HELP!

            I will let everyone know when we find the REAL RAT KILLER!

            GOD BLESS MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU! (And maybe RAID??)

          3. you are a progressed soul. One of the only comments that has any decency and justice for creatures just living out their lives. I am also so sorry for your story. I can identify.

          4. Everyone watch a show on Netflix called Rats they carry so many diseases and they reproduce so fast there are more rats than humans in new york. And the problem is around the world

          5. Peppermint oil don’t do shit the rats ate my dryer sheets they live in my laundry room for heavens sake what are you smoking I have tried the nice way now it is time to go Batshit Crazy on their nasty asses if they don’t pay rent and they don’t buy groceries they are trespassing and trespassers in Texas get shot.

          6. Nope. Tried all those things. Didn’t work. They’re too smart. If the decision is between my human health, and the health of my family, they got to go.
            I’ve tried everything humane. It doesn’t work. They take the piss.
            It also serves to be said that PETA is under mass attack because they’re NOT about animal rights!! They have put to sleep more animals in the past year than all the shelters in the US combined!
            They’re an evil, agenda pushing corporation that makes themselves as caring for animals. They do not. Do your research.
            Also, whoever said rats are very clean… Ummm
            They carry mites and fleas that can cause the freaking bubonic plague! How exactly is that clean?! Yeah… Umm… No.
            No no no rat mites can infect your home long after rats are gone if the nests are still around btw.

            And if you release a rat within 100 yards of your house (stupid suggestion) they’ll just find their way back into your home.

        2. Actually, yeah… rats, mice, child molesters, rapists, serial killers, etc. do deserve humane treatment if we are to be living in a civilized society. If you’d like to return to the Medieval past and inflict torturous implements onto torturous souls, then you’re not better than those you want to die. Studies show that child molestation, serial murder, and sociopathy are caused environmentally when not a physical brain anomaly – meaning those who go on to spread the violence and misdeeds you disapprove of likely had unthinkable horrors inflicted upon them between the young ages of between maybe 4-7. And what did rats or mice ever do but try to survive? On the other hand, haven’t we needed them to also survive considering we’ve been testing and experimenting on the entire species for our own medical benefits and marvels? Think what you will, but I at least do not see life as black and white as you must. I also don’t see anything or anyone as inherently evil, only that horrors spread due to other horrors that go on and on and on just like the plagues you vilify these rodents for spreading.

          1. you poor soul i would of died by now, rats erk me. well you
            can try another trick, is take cooked rice put salt all over it and wrap it in aluminum foil, they like the rice the salt will inflate them since they cant burp, and the aluminum foil will cut their gum and claws. good luck, my neighbor said to also put lots of black pepper around the yard they dont like the smell and will leave, if your looking for a humane way.

      2. You see Lulubelle.you are loving all pets in the world now,leave them with the pets,and you should love your family and friends more,and God of course,more than anyone else.

      3. I couldn’t agree more! While I do not want to share my home with them I also do not want to make them suffer. Anything that can feel pain should be treated with empathy and compassion.

      4. I agree with you, I also had a rat that was fed to a snake but for some reason the snake wasn’t hungry, the snake owner was going to kill it and put the rat in the freezer, but I convinced him to let me take it and he was the best pet I ever had I used to let him run loose in my room and he always came to me every time I went into the room, I picked him up and he would lick my hand like a dog. He was very loving and had quite a remarkable personality I had him for three years before he passed away and now I have compassion for all rats even wild ones who only want to survive and live a life like us and all creatures of the earth.

        1. True. I kept pet rats too they are highly intelligent animals. They can perform all sorts of tricks. They make great pets for children but they are domesticated rats not wild ones. I have a wild rat problem too. I have in the past killed them with a recommended bait put in bait boxes around my house but this new one won’t eat the bait. I keep chickens so it’s their food that attracts them. I no longer put bird feeders up as that is what they really want to eat. Move feeders to near your house. Also they need water to survive. Keep all chicken water covered after dark or empty it. I feel terrible trying to kill them but they breed continually and if you don’t do something you will have a serious rat problem. Cats do help and I see local cats hanging around the shed trying to catch them. Any advice would be helpful.

        2. Have had rats under house for at least a month. They have destroyed insulation, chewed through wires, and Rat droppings everywhere. If they want to live a life like us, explain how I reason with them. Will they understand “hey rat, quit tearing my house apart?” or Stop leaving your rat turds and urine where my family lives..If they want, as you say, ‘Live a life like us”, maybe they will learn how to shit in toilet and pay rent or cease desroying my home..If folks want a pet to lick their hands like a dog…Buy a dog..at least you have a shot at house training that way. As it stands, I have to have family spend 2 nights away from home so I can gas then out tonight..All creatures are not created equal..Die Rats!

          1. Could you tell me how to has them out? I’ve never heard that way. I read through all of the previous posts and finally found you, someone that has them under the house. I do, but I cannot get under there because it’s too low to the ground. I hear them all during the night knowing and tearing my house to pieces. I don’t care if I kill them or if they just go away, I want them GONE yesterday! I do have a cat that goes under there so I am scared to put poison blocks under there. I will have to throw whatever I use, under the house since I can’t get under there. I just need any way possible to get rid of them. Thanks!

      5. I agree with you but I am in a nightmare now.. I started feeding the squirrels and birds off my deck and noticed that a cute little rat was running from under the deck and taking food and going back under deck..Eventually he ran everything away and I just kept feeding him…THEN THE NIGHTMARE started…I live in the country and in a field..for over 30 yrs never saw rattlers…only nonvenomous snakes…NOW…I an eaten up with rattlesnakes and have a snake den in my field just feet from my home….I feed him and Im sure many others and just cant stand the thought of hurting them….I know that sounds crazy but he is soooo cute….Does anyone have an idea how to just get them to go somewhere else…If I stop feeding them Im afraid they will start trying to get in the house…YIKES…Ive created a monster…HELP!

        1. If you can burn pine or any other plant types in your area they will think they are in danger and run off.
          Possibly, digging a moat around the house and letting the
          fires burn in the moat, it should have she same effect.
          Just make sure the trench is deep enough to keep the fires contained.
          Let the fires burn out and leave the ashes in place…

        1. Amen rats are terrible,we live in the country by the creek,and they come crawling in we set out poision and had to have killed at least 20 of them ,the smell was so bad u could not breath,it was,all over the house we bleached the whole house out used ozone air cleaners that didn’t help, nothing will get rid of dead rat smell we have sealed our home ,sealed the places where they may come in at ,we put our food in tight bowls,and they still come in,after u kill one nest about a mouth later here comes another nest,moth balls will not help we used them in our craw space,and under the house,peppermint oil put all around house,and used peppermint tea this did not work,if you are in a place where rats are no matter how clean your house is, or property they will still come in,if u live by a creek ,and the creek starts to rise here comes the rats for shelter,cold weather they come in for warmth, they even make tunnels in the yard,they dug threw cement making tunnels the best way to kill them off is poision,yes u will have a smell but you can leave ,then come back and start cleaning the house out and let air out,rats do damage they chew holes in walls for tunnels, and your yard will be filled with holes also when they tunnel,rats do leave Nasty desises,and you never know when u will catch it, you are putting your health at risk,so these people who want to save rats they have never had a bad infestation,if they did they wouldn’t think they are cute,when they damage your home so bad to where you are out hundreds of Dallars repairing the damage,and here them sqeeking, and hissing they are not cute,they are pest,so anyone who needs advice on getting ride of them rat poision first biteis the name of poison , mix with tuna ,put in a pie pan where the nest is at,the rats will eat the mix and will die within the next few days,you can try to find them when they die,by putting on a air mask and looking for them,but in most cases you may not find them,u will have a smell,but I’d rather have a smell,for a few weeks than putting my family’s life at stake

      6. I guess you never had to tolerate a rat infestation. Because if you did, you wouldn’t be so charitable toward this pestulence or coddle them as you had just described. As you can see most of us are looking for tips on how to deter and or exterminate them. So, what makes you so benevolent to think we need you your two cents worth?!!!

      7. disagree they are gross
        we use the round green balls from the store and dipped them in menu-do , they like this and eat all up, but finding them dead is another questions.

      8. AGREED! I am a licensed rehabber for wild rabbits and squirrels .I ended up with some tiny baby roof rats who ended up being very loving and looked to me for attention and always.wanted to be curled up close to me..I never would have thought this from them but now that ive met a wild rat it hurts to see how cruel people can be to such a sweet critter who is only trying to survive ..they struggle tremendously during their very short lifespans please think about this and have some compassion ,,,please dont cause them to suffer ..they absolutely do NOT deserve it .

        1. This thread is for people trying to eradicate rats…NOT protect them. Why are there people even looking at this site, who aren’t dealing w a rat control issue????? Lol

    3. yes and in the most inhumane way!! let PETA if they love them so much come get the damn things and eat them or marry the fu*cing thing.. Id say what else they can do with them , but not on here!

        1. I’m not an anonymous pussy…I have lived RAT FREE for 30+ yrs in the country. We had field mice MANY yrs ago & live trapped them. Now we have a Norwegian Rat fiasco!! I don’t eat meat, I keep my home clean. But I draw the line here!!! I have grandchildren who come and play. NOT NOW!!! Until I KNOW all rat babies or followers are gone, I will NOT subject my grandchildren to the MANY potential illnesses these Rats carry! I’m already freaked out that before researching, I picked up feces, wiped away urine pools. Judge me as you like…but I WILL NOT SHARE MY HOME WITH VERMINE!! ?

    4. Oh yes. Kill them, keep killing them and kill them dead.

      Screw animal rights activists. If they want a taste of what it’s like to have to live with these things I think we should build them all a log cabin to live in and get them to sing kum-by-yah and bang cymbals together while we load the place up with the worlds supply of rats and mice.

      Then lets see how they deal with the stress and carnage in the months that follow. Lets see if these hippies emerge from the place with their minds intact.

      Kill rodents. Use violence at will. Use the nastiest techniques you can find. Sooner or later, rodents will learn that your place is the chainsaw massacre of all places to infest and they wont bother. Will only take a few generations to bang the lessons into their tiny brains.

    1. They eat the little peeps at night attacking the back of the neck. Keep all feed and water up at night. I have hanging feeders but it doesn’t help. Roof rats scale the fence. Why does everything prey chickens ? Been raided by opossum, fox, hawks, rats, and, mice gang up on peeps at night and eat them. Poor dear little chickens, they keep the insect population down and give us eggs. I have had best luck with poison, didn’t know it took so long though. Read where they hate mint, to use mint oil, haven’t tried it yet.

        1. “funny” It’s an unusual word choice. I didn’t lol. This may be tough- consider the word ‘prey’ as a verb, rather than a noun, and the sentence works well. “Prey”, verb- hunt; “Why does everything hunt chickens?” Ans: Because they taste like chicken

    2. Yeah check them out.They shoot like they from army.great guys,i love them.The cleaned all my house.The only bad point here is that afterwards you need to clean up all the blood,and trust me its alot,like in the movies.
      Except this it works like a swiss watch

    3. Put poison,but be carefull with the chickens.When you buy poison stick it somehow to a brick or something the same weight,so the rats cant move the posion arround and pass it the chickens.Put the posion about 10 meters away from the chicken.Watch out for the dogs.

      I guess the rats eat only night when we sleep so they can get in (bastards)
      Put the posion during the night and pick it up every morning first thing.dont wash your mouth or use the toiler first.take the posion away.

  2. I think I have rats under my shed unfortunately it’s NOT. On a cement slab. I have a dog but these critters are wicked quick. I don’t want to use poisons because of my dog and I don’t really want her to catch them, afraid of diseases.

    I’m thinking of putting chicken wire down into ground all around the shed but how deep do I have to go? I took my dog away for the weekend and my husband caught 4 in rat traps. Ugh!

    1. Rats can go thru 3/4 inch holes or less. Chicken wire is larger holes, so would not work. Metal wire buried will eventually rust so creatures can get thru again…needs watching.

    2. There are rat poisons now that are made with enzymes only to attack the rat and not harm the dog you should look into that you can also take a plastic rat trap Showbox and glue it to a heavy piece of concrete so the dog cannot scrape it or knock it over to get it open and use a trap with metal top so they can’t chew it open either they are available and if you’re really concerned you can also take a coffee can and cut a little hole in it no bigger than a quarter and nail it to a tree so that a rat can get in there you can take one of those poison bricks that are as long as your finger and thick and glue it inside the can so they can’t carry it all for an animal to get it another thing to is that rats cannot burp if you take kids bubble blowing soap and soak some grass seed and put it in an area where they travel harmless to a dog but that rats belly will swell and no time and kill them I choose soap 2 prevent a terrible Decay smell from happening the smell attracts other rats to eating it as they are cannibals or you can go with my 5 gallon bucket idea that’s you can scroll up to on comments

    3. The rats go through the chicken wire on my coop like it’s not even there. It’s insane how small they can compress their bodies. I wouldn’t even waste your time with putting up wire.

  3. :( I don’t want to make any rats suffer. I had pet rats when I was younger, and while I know there’s a difference between domestic and wild rats, I never want to hurt an animal. I can’t believe that those non-humane methods have actually been used by people, those are awful. Cervical dislocation is absolutely horrendous and disgusting. I’ll try to rat-proof my home first, but if I still have trouble, I’ll contact my local humane society and ask them for advice on what they suggest.

    1. Wild rats and pets are the same, however they can become problematic due to fast rate of breeding. I had a company seal up our home after I humanely caught them in a humane trap.I release them in a colony we created far away from people but near a river in the country. The colony we made was just little rat houses for their shelter. While others may think relocation is inhumane because it’s unfamiliar to them, I feel it’s my best option to prevent infestation and suffering from Neighbors poisoning them and to place them back into the ecosystem, nature’s life cycle all while giving them the best shot to survive by the place they’re taken, shelter we provided, at the same place together. The colony houses we built are plastic containers with entry hole and emergency exit hole with torn tshirts inside. They can be hung in same tree, or in brushy area near water source. Don’t relocate during rainy time. They need to get acquainted with new place with less hindrance as possible. I trap many at a time to relocate together. After each one I catch. I empty the trap into large plastic trash can that has the rat house already in the trash can with food and a small bowl of water with a rock in it so it won’t tip over. After a night of catching several, we make a trip to this same location. It’s an easy release because they are always in their little rat house together by the time we arrive. We take the trash can in our jeep or van to location, once there, take trash can to the colony site, then simply take out the rat house and place it among other rat houses or hang in tree. This may be a lot of work for some but there is no other way for me because I can’t kill them. Knowing that they’re back in nature with some survival help in place,I’m at peace with it because nature is God’s design and I just give it over to HIM without me having to snuff out any creatures life. These rats have never been in our home but in the attic, probably because of our cats. We only had to do this a few times a year until we had the attic sealed. The process has become very simple and quick once we established the “how to”. Even though our house is sealed, we still do this because neighbors poison and they show up in our backyard dieing for days so when we start seeing them around ( cuz I feed birds) we start ‘operation rat relocate’ once again.I hope this helps someone(: haters need no reply, I do me & you do you, boo (: except for the caring who have helpful tips for me(:

      1. Do you mind sharing how you catch several at a time? I have what sounds like the same issue as you and just want to get them out of my house before any real damage is done. Also, considering how easily they get in I’m not sure how to ‘seal’ my house for prevention. Its just me in my house and I’m a little scared of the dark attic.

        1. I bought a squirrel trap at Tractor supply. It is aprox 18″ x 18″ x 3″; it has two ‘door’s’ @ opposite corners they can get in, but not out. You can lock them as well. It has a bigger door on top also. SO far, in LESS than 3 weeks I have caught 24 rats!!!!!! YESS!!! It may have cost $56.00 plus tax… but they out smarted the sticky trays; forget the traps… they ate the chocolate & peanut butter w/out setting them off!

          1. I presume you meant to say the trap is 18″ x 18″ x 3′ and NOT 3″. Also, do you have manufacturer name for this trap? I have NOT seen a trap with 2 doors? I love the sound of your results.
            Thanks.

      2. We do same with mice, relocate them to piles of hay we purchase and place near the river. Next to hay we also have little houses for them with food and water (though there is also a creek close to them). We have not had luck catching rats in the cages so we could do the same type of relocation – we have some wood rats underneath the house and they do keep us up at night scratching at the walls. We have sealed whatever small holes we have found around the outside of house, but they find ways of getting in.

        We have stopped feeding the birds in backyard close to home – but sure hate to stop this practice. Don’t want cats because they can be so cruel to birds and critters. We have placed rags soaked with ammonia and also rags soaked in bleach, hoping the odor repels them away but it has not worked. At this point in time, we have run out of ideas. We will not use in humane methods to kill any wildlife – don’t want to kill them.

      3. Hi, I have rats. I live in n. cal. on the coast. My house is very old 100+ yrs. Rat-proofong is pretty much impossible. The crawlspace under the house is too low to access. The walls & attic also have rats. As I am remodeling one room at a time, I tear off the wall covering, remove the nests, spray with bleach, fill all access ports, and seal. I keep a clean home. Dog food and bird seed are in metal trash cans. I have havaheart traps but they are too smart. I clean the traps and wear gloves when baiting and setting, but they walk around them. I have a wildlife cam. I don’t want to kill them. Can you offer any other alternataves? Thanks. Jim

        1. double door havaheart traps have worked perfect for me. 6″X6″X18″. i never need bait, i have trapped 20-30 in 3 weeks. if its not working for you it might be where you are puting the traps. rats mostly run along the wall and like to be hidden be hind stuff. put the traps next to a wall then place something large on the other side of the trap and check it every day. “you dont want to kill them? ” get a cat or two they will kill them!

        2. Hey Jim,you sound like a very nice guy,you dont want to kill them.I appreciate you for this,)i wish i can give you my dog when i need to move from here…).But kill them,all

      4. I’m afraid I don’t have any helpful tips BUT power on dude! Your thoughtful process made me smile. Low trauma and a home more attractive than yours. Great!

      5. how do you catch them? what do you use? we bought two humane traps online and baited them and its been weeks but no luck. every week or so, I see remains of activity. last week, they were under our kitchen sink, chewing through a plastic hand soap bottle that contained natural orange exfoliation.
        what trap do you recommend? thanks!

      6. I’m happy to hear that you are compassionate to the rats and humanly relocated them, you did the right thing and God will bless you for being kind to one of his creatures. I had a pet rat that would come to me whenever I called him and he licked my hand like a dog would. My daughter has a guinea pig and it’s not as smart as this rat was, the rat used to play with our pet rabbit they where best friends and slept together, and chased each other around the room it was quite a sight to see, he was a member of my family and lasted over three years before he passed away, the rabbit would barely eat after he was gone and I was also upset as well, but he had a great life and I gave him a lot of love because he gave us love back. He is missed but will always be in my memory

      7. A pleasure to read your post. I was so disappointed to see so many folks who seem to take pleasure in the suffering and death of fellow living creatures. Rat control should be dealt with as a practical issue. No need for hate. Seems like the older I get more surprised I am at the hate and anger that exists in my fellow citizens. Cant even read about rat control without coming across rats of the two-legged variety!

    2. they will laugh at you and tell you, its not their problem..Kill kill kill them any way possible, who cares how violent.. they are freakin pest that chew up your home and cause disease!! how dumb can one be..kill them!!!

  4. My sister has a rat in her backyard coming from a neighbor’s yard and her grandson plays in the yard. What can be done to get rid of the rat?

  5. Maybe adopt a few rescued feral cats. Some feral cat rescues look for people with barns to take care of cats they rescued that have been vaccinated and fixed. Housing a few of those would significantly reduce your rat population since it’s likely that an infestation could come back in a barn. That’s one reason people used to have many cats on their farms.

  6. We have found rat droppings in our garage in florida but have not physically seen the rats. We also have seen chew holes in vents around the base of the garage so know that is their point of entry. We have not seen any evidence or droppings inside so at this point they have remained in the garage. What is the best way of getting rid of them. Typically we see roof rats here but since they are coming in the garage and not seen or heard signs of them in the attic thinking they may be Norway rats? We tried to seal the vents with steel mesh but they gnawed right through it to come back in. There is not food in the garage and never has been so not sure why they are trying to get in there at night. Our garbage cans are outside but in heavy plastic containers that are supposed to be rodent proof. any help would be greatly appreciated.

  7. I’m in Surrey BC and believe a Norway rat arrived in a dishwasher a friend gave me. It found it’s way to the hot water tank enclosure that is very tight to the tank. To keep it from roaming I’ve been feeding it dog food kibble. The cat can’t get to it. Help!

  8. Im for the blunt force trauma method. Traps, shovels and what have you. Let the tree huggers hug rats but I am going to e rat ocate them. Basically put them out of my misery.

      1. Oh yes KenD,i kill them like crazy.and i found a method to keep the others away.

        I catch them asshols about 3 of them and put them togheter in a barrel without food (i give them water)after 4,5 days they start to eat eachother because they cant hold it.and the show starts,sounds of death all over the place.
        And this way,i keep the others away.Just imagine when they hear this ones in pain…arghhh

        1. a family member does this using a bucket with water and places peanut butter in the middle of a stick and that stick is hanging over the bucket. The rat attempts to eat the peanut butter and falls right in. They walk around in sewer pipes, disease ridden, mate and breed like crazy, cause thousand dollars in damages to your property and vehicles, unsanitary rodents, bitten a friend while they were sleeping and she was given a shot cause it could of had rabies, they will chew through everything including dishwashers and wiring for your homes and vehicles costing you money and your time. Keeping them around is only asking for trouble. There main instinct is to find shelter, eat, drink water, mate and breed. My workplace is very clean but with a lot of hiding places, we have all our food in plastic containers with lids, finding a rat in your work space is quite troubling and makes you think you are not very clean and sanitary. Patching holes and small crevices up using foam, yet the rats keep finding there way inside. These rats walk around in brood daylight like nothing is wrong with that.

          1. Stuff steel wool in the hole before you feel it they cannot chew through steel wool make sure the steel wool is course

          2. You can also scroll scroll through the comments find my 5 gallon bucket idea or use a coffee can cut a quarter size glue a poison stick inside so they cannot carry it all nail the can and tree make sure that the lid is glued and your problems should be solved make sure the coffee can is tin rats also cannot burp if you take kids blowing bubble soap and soak grass seed in it it will kill them too and not leave a huge Decay smell to attract other rats to eat them they are cannibals make sure you soaked the grass good and and spread after it dries

    1. I hear you Dave! hats off to you! If the tree hugging shitheads love them so much, let them marry the damn rats! keep up the good work and kill kill kill them!!!

      1. Right now Dave I’m wishing you were at my home. Am a mature single woman with custody of my small grandkids I’m almost in a catatonic state because I know nothing about rats/mice except I can smell their awful stinch. Am fit and retired so I can and do work Morning ,noon and night to keep a clean house. I can’t have “these things ” where my g-kids eat, play and sleep. Just the thought of a rat biting them or in bed with them makes physically sick. I just stumbled on this site and some of you guys are giving very helpful information. I don’t care how they are e-rat-coated I just want them gone and inhuman works for me! Like someone else said they serve no useful purpose! I just wish my husband was here to take care of this PROBLEM! Thanks Dave, KenD,and Eduard I agree with you guys.

        1. I understand, you wake up to rat noise, and you become so desperate, in the fact that you want them out of your living space. Help, need something that truly works!!

  9. These are some listings you can try:ASPCAAnimal Protective ServicesAnimal ControlIf all else fails, call the plcoie to find out who to contact or call a veterinarian he/she should be able to tell you who to call.References :

  10. Big rats are spoiling the drainage system and gathering the mud in the pipes making the drain blocked. In spite of keeping the tablets of rat killing also we are not getting rid of the rats. Do these big rats spoil the basement of the house. We are afraid of them. Pl. solve our problem

  11. the rats are in my home again. husband and I are 68 and not in best of health. how do we get rid of the rats before they make us sick? we also have what they call field rats and they are also in our home. PLEASE HELP

    1. I have a rat in the loft of my house, I have snap traps in there for about 3 weeks but have had no luck. Over the week end 7/9/15 I located a nest with 6 baby rats, but no mother

  12. A rat in my kitchen last week and no sign of him since. I have set all the traps and a cage and he hasn’t come back.

      1. I stay at a relatives house, almost 5 mos. Rats! Told him, but he isntdoing a thing. I hear them in several áreas lvngrm daily. Vacuum dropings, Piles of dog kibble under love seat. Saw a blachishrat RIM across carpet, around walls to the rat portal by outlet mear fireplace. I am miserable, little money to by anything. I am a stress case, I harté them. What should I do?

  13. Rats are disgusting. I don’t believe in humane treatment of such a vile creature. I have killed over 100 rats in my house and garage. I even have one residing in my couch. I don’t understand what is attracting them to my house. I will use whatever means necessary to eliminate them. They are good for nothing, like mosquitoes. Maybe I’ll try the baking soda and vinegar. PETA needs to take a chill pill :)

    1. Amen!! kill them worthless pest!! PETA can go to hell!! keep killing them in what ever way you can!!I will be doing the same!! cheers to INHUMANE killing of rats!!

    2. You need to keep the house really clean.Thats what i learned today.The place where the dog stay,etc…keep all clean,no bread on the ground,nothing.

  14. RATS ARE SPOILING THE DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND OUT SIDE BASEMENT AREAS. THEY ARE COMMING AGAIN IF I CLOSED WITH CEMENT AND CHIPS AT DRAINAGE PLACES.
    PLEASE LET US HELP TO CONTROLE THE SAME

  15. Rats occasionally crawl through my kitchen cabinets, helping themselves to my children’s treats. I caught one tonight in a live trap, and took it outside while I debated on how to dispose of it / dispatch it. Opting not to drown it, I instead sprayed it in the face with carburetor cleaner, which quickly forced a sedated and non aggressive state. I then bashed it upon the skull twice with a five pound sledge. Humane (enough), and final. Rats are pests, vermin, unwelcome, and should be disposed of accordingly. Live release of a rat is stupid and can be more inhumane that blunt force trauma, as a rat released outside of its comfort zone may suffer a long and agonizing death from starvation and/or the inability to quickly ascertain the surroundings and provide for its basic needs of shelter and food.
    Kill them all, as quickly as possible. Do NOT have mercy on them, for if you do they will multiply and dominate your living space until you break down and call someone with less compassion to deal with them. Do NOT poison them, unless you want to deal with the very real and likely possibility of rats rotting in your walls. Snap traps or live traps + dispatching methods of extreme prejudice.
    Kill. Them. All.

  16. Give me break! People worrying how to humanly kill rats! Really? Rats will destroy and multipy like crazy. Risk of disease. Just kill them any way that works regardless. Ruthless lil bastards!

      1. Yeah Jeff,kill em all.We al agree with your ideea and we go ahead,no matter if its right or wrong.just go ahead and kill them asholes

    1. statistics from an old National Geographic magazine..rats destroy 1/5th of world crops annually and are responsible for more deaths than all the wars put together..sobering..kill them all!!

    1. Ive read numerous sites that say to use peppermint soaked cotton balls. My son has tried it and it works. Its worth a shot. I have a drop ceiling and they get in through some holes that the squirrels chewed outside my house. The holes arw fixed now but they are stull getting in. Im trying the oil. Im desperate.

  17. Heard a rat in our walls a month ago, but we were going away for 2 weeks, so I put off calling pest control. When we got back, found the rats chewed a 4″ diameter hole into our dog’s hard plastic food container! We called a pest control company that did an assessment to sealing up all the entry points into our home (in the roof vents, roof eves, dryer vent & water heater closet). Later, we found behind our oven, a stash of 1 quart of dog food near one of the rat holes! Sneaky rats!

    We placed baited traps out for 2 nights without setting them (electric, plastic power snaps, & traditional wood snaps). Then after the 2 nights & pest control sealed all entries (which is also exits to our house), we set the traps. First night, we caught 1 rat with the electric trap. 2nd night, 1 rat caught with plastic snap & 1 caught with electric trap. 3rd night (last night), 2 rats caught with plastic snap & 1 caught with electric trap.

    Seems like hungry rats will go after traps when hungry. Seal all entry/exits on the exterior of your house. Secure all your food! Set traps.

    Don’t know how we will find out if we got all the rats, but at that point, we will seal up all holes leading into the interior of the home. I am crossing my fingers!

  18. We have never had this problem before. We live in an older rural farm house and this is the first year we have had them in the house. We have had problems with them in the garage, but this year it seemed like they were gone. Well, they are back with a vengeance and we now have them in our house. We have no idea how many – we killed 2 – one with a snap trap and another one my dog caught and killed. We have traps set everywhere we can think of and we have not caught anymore, but we have one that is digging or chewing in our sofa bed couch and we have heard one in another area where we have some clutter we need to rid ourselves of, but otherwise no more have been caught. The traps have been set for 4 weeks now. We had pest control here and he put out more poison and set more traps, but still nothing. I don’t know what else to try or do – I live here with my elderly mother and I did not sign up for this by moving back with her after my father died. I read of a mix they say to try and the man who uses it swears by it – a mix of quick oats, raisons, and 20 minute mud or plaster of paris or Fix It All and he said they do not survive once they have eaten this. I do not look to go out and kill anything, but when they move into our home that is a different story and I will use any method to rid our home of them, so if anyone has any ideas, let me know. I am ready to move out!

    1. quality poison,and kill them all !If they die inside the house,you cover your mouth and noise with a mask and remove it.You need to kill them all !! before they multiply like the money in my account.

  19. I just found out my at tick is infested I’m a single mom with 3 kids and a grand baby on the way I need help to get rid of them!!!! What can I do and I don’t care how it gets done I just want them gone!!!

  20. I live on 10 acres in Shelton, WA and have an awful problem with the Norway rats in my garage. They are eating insulation, paper, etc. I am handicapped and can’t get traps. I also have dogs which I’m afraid will go after them when they die outside. I think they come in through the chimney and garage doors. HELP!

    1. Victor traps work great and are only $2.27 each. I get rats in my yard because I sometimes feed the dogs outside and live next to vacant acreage. You have to make sure all food is unavailable. They’ve never gotten in my house but two did make it into the garage and were quickly dispached by my cat. I’ve heard they will eventually chew into you house so I make sure to keep them under control. Once every winter I put traps out were my pets can’t get at them and continue setting them until I don’t catch any more rats and the peanut butter is still on the traps. The traps are tricky at first but once you get the hang of them it’s pretty easy to set. If your hands are really bad you might be able to talk a young neighbor into setting them for you. I would never use poison for three reasons. I wouldn’t want my pets to be endangered by the poison or the poisoned bodies. I don’t want dead rats rotting on my property and it is a horrible way for the animal to die.

  21. I saw a rat enter through a small hole by our toilet last night scared me to death now this morning their is rat droppings all over my bathroom floor I’m pretty sure they are living in my attic and now in the walls im on disability and can’t afford and exterminator not sure what I should do

  22. I live in the Blue Mountains NSW Australia. We have tons of gorgeous wild birds which I have been feeding for the last 15 years. There have always been rats and mice around but recently their numbers have exploded. They are living in the walls and the roof and under the house. I have never wanted to kill them because I actually think they are adorable but they have taken over. I used a human trap and caught one and released it but after that I couldn’t catch anymore–even though I thoroughly cleaned the cage. I think the rat came back and told the others not to go in!
    There is no way to plug up every hole in this old house and no way to keep them away. Am at wits end because I can’t kill little critters. I feel like I have to move! Help!

    1. If you have an infestation you have to get like 30 traps let them feed off of the for 3 days or so. That way they get used to feeding from them then the next night you set all of them and hopefully you get them all. But make sure you wear gloves and face mask when handling the dead ones as they carry diseases. I read somewhere this would be the most effective way but you probably would have to use the snap traps.

    2. Yea, they are pretty smart and seems like the pass on the words. My cusin is got the same problem and he wanted to poison them but I told him not to… and tht I will find a better solution but so far I have not had the chance. But after reading all the problems ppl are having with these lil basturds I will have to come up with something effective, human, and fast working!

  23. My house is 102 years old plus I have a detached one car garage the same age. I am 67 and disabled, I have rats in the walls, I can hear them scratching. I know they’re in the garage too. I know they need to be killed but I want it done in the quickest most humane way possible, No Poisons. Problem is I’m on a fixed income and can’t afford to have a 102 year old house rat proofed. Because of my disability I can’t get up in the attic or down in the basement to look for entrances. I’m sure there are plenty. Is there any hope for me?

    1. You could try this.
      Call to your council and tell them your situation,please ask them help.If you have to exagerate,do it.This is very serious issue.Ask them to help you with a team who does this kind of thinkgs.
      Call them and ask help,if you cant afford to call for a team to do it.

    1. Palo Alto is close to Sunnyvale right? There is a Moose Lodge that if you know a member or ask politely, they may have some volunteers who can help you seal entry/exit points. Sorry I don’t live anywhere near you but the Moose organization does a number of community service functions. You could also try the Eagles, Elks, Volunteers of America, local Boy Scout Troups, etc. Call them or send a nice request letter explaining the issue and your problems with dealing with it. Be prepared to bake some cookies and send a sincere thank you letter. Sunnyvale Lodge 2049 is at 905 Kifer Road zip 94086 ph. 408-735-1377 GOOD LUCK!

  24. I need help we have rats in the attic…you can even hear them underground my catxkilled 2 of them already..I may just need to move I live in Cowley,Louisiana..

  25. Lived in my home 15 yrs decide create a bird area now I have 2 rats coming from a piece of no mans land at the back of my garden my german shepherd was useless just looked at them huffed and went to sleep dont want to kill them and they are not near my home as I have fencing dividing my garden but im worried about being over run got 3 cats but they dont go in back garden cos of my 2 dogs im disabled through ill health and spending 5 grand on my garden looks like I will be sitting rat watching cos cant kill them yuk

    1. speaking of sheperds.My dog was sleeping oneday and a rat was eating from his bowl.This guy is useless,a rat is not scared of him.

  26. I am staying in a shack and big rats are starting to climb on the bed. I fear for my 4 and 2 year old boys. What can I use to get rid of them PERMANENTLY?

  27. I am staying in a shack and big rats are starting to climb on the bed. I fear for my 4 and 2 year old boys. What can I use to get rid of them PERMANENTLY?

  28. My barn is being overrun with rats. I never had an issue with rats till last year when we found a couple rats. Always had field mice but those little things didn’t really bother me that much. This is overwhelming. I’m disabled and can’t do much bending so traps that I need to pick up and take somewhere to release them won’t work. I also have 2 Siberians so I have to be cautious regarding what is used. Please help.

  29. We deal with Rat constantly at work. Sanp traps and a lot of them. Do yourself a favour and drill a hole in the trap and tie to to something solid with a light wire. Or else you will loose a lot of traps. Place the traps on their trails in the grass, near baited food, entry/exit points they have made. Or in the winter, near warm areas. Don’t stop putting the traps out until they stop being full.
    Here is the part nobody tells you, If you SEE one Rat… YOU HAVE A REAL PROBLEM! You absolutely have more than one, and they are so comfortable in there surroundings that they don’t need to hide. You have an infestation. And no matter how many trees you hug in a day, they must be killed to elimante the problem. There is NEVER one Rat. Simple as that.
    Good luck, and bring a shovel to check the trap in case it’s not dead.

  30. HEY JEFF! THIS IS THE THIRD SPRING THAT I HAVE HAD CHICKENS. ALSO THE THIRD SPRING THAT I HAVE NOTICED RATS NEAR THEIR FOOD AND WATERING AREA. I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY ELIMINATED THE POPULATION THE PAST TWO TIMES…BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY. I HAVE CHANGED THE WAY AND PLACE THAT I FEED AND WATER MY CHICKENS. I HAVE DUG TWO FEET DEEP TRENCHES UNDER THEIR HOUSE AND BURIED SHEET METAL AND THEN LINED THE HOUSE WITH CINDER BLOCKS.

    HOW CAN I PERMANENTLY KEEP THESE ZOMBIE RODENTS AWAY FROM MY CHICKENS AND MY PROPERTY? ARE THEY ATTRACTED TO GARDENS? THEY SEEM TO COME AS SOON AS MY NEIGHBOR GETS HIS GARDEN STARTED. THEY SEEM TO LIVE UNDER IT.

    IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS, I’D SURE APPRECIATE THEM.

    THANKS JEFF!

    SINCERELY,

    JULIE

  31. My parent’s neighbors have chickens running all over the neighborhood and it’s turned into a rat problem. They are 91 & 86 so they can’t really do anything. I am to scared to take care of rat problems. Lots of open areas around the old house that need repair. what do I do????? My name is Cindy and my phone number is 713-907-1458. H E L P!!!!

  32. I have rats!!! I’m afraid they will take over cause I don’t really have the means to do a pest control program I clean and pick up food but they remain. I’ve tried sticky traps but they just ran around them. I’m so frustrated. Please help

  33. We have a Norway rat problem in our horse barn. The horses drop grain while eating and that draws the rats. I heard that these rats migrate every 2 years. They were gone for about that long and now they’re back. They gotta go. What can be done? We can’t put poison out because of the dogs and barn cats. HELP!!!!

  34. Hi, i live in the Uk and we have an allotment and the area is FULL of rats. Our 2 sheds and greenhouse is FULL of rats and mice and i want to kill them very fast and i want them to stay away for good.
    Any ideas of how to do this. I am willing to pay a lot of money to get rid of the rats so price is not an issue

    1. William Ashton

      Hey William,i am willing to share a secret with you in exchange offfff….lets say….10000 quid?
      Haha :))

      If money is not a problem,why dont you call to a company that do this kind of things?
      Go on google and type in with your words what you want to know.
      Call them and they will come.

  35. We’ve had a pest company working on a rat problem in our yard, but it seems to have only gotten worse. I see them scurry around at all times of day. Our yard is well-maintained though it does have elaborate, professionally-kept landscaping. As far as I can tell they use our pool for water, acorns from our oak tree for food and at first lived under the wooden steps leading up from our patio. Over the past month since the pest company has started with bait stations & tracking powder, we’ve found at least a half dozen more rat holes all around the property (mainly around the house – so far nothing inside!) I’m terrified & disgusted and becoming a captive in my own home which is frustrating for my young children. If this problem isn’t solved we’ll have to move. I need a solution ASAP!!

  36. Rats run across my fence. I no longer sit on my patio at night. I have poured vinegar on my fence. Will this detour them?

  37. my neighbor has rat infestation now they are migrating to my house i just want to get rid of them and keep them gone

  38. I live in a very old house and we have rats now. Big ones small ones. I have little kids and they are petrified. So am I. I live in Brooklyn NY

    1. Poison is the most efficient (but keep very waya from kids and pets)everytime when you place the poison,stick it or somthing to the ground,so the rats wont move it and bring it to your dog.Keep the house clean,tell the kids to remove even the smallest amount of bread or anything from the ground.Dont feed them asholes.Take care and luck

  39. Hi, I’m in Michigan, Grosse pointe to be exact, well there are tons of rats running around in my backyard at night also have seen them having a rat party in the street, like these rats arent scared of being seen, had one run right in front me, I lived here 12 yrs now, last year is when it started, the previous owners hit the garage and there’s a med sized gap that cannot be fixed without tearing and pouring new concrete, well these rats have pretty much survived cold weather bcuz I’m the only resident with a finished garage, my hubby and I do a major clean out every year Cuz of rat poop covers the ground, well found babies shoved up in the installation of the wall, got everything all cleaned up, I have kids and cats and one dog, here’s my worry never have they been by my house, went out to do some weeding behind my house and theres 2 large holes, along the back of my house which is brick and a basement, can they get into my house by burrowing down more, it certainly doesn’t help I have one neighbor who never picks up her dogs poop from the yard, and then on the other side of my house I got any idiot who’s got 3 bird feeders out in his yard! What can I do!? I want them dead, but don’t want them to die against my house ! Suggestions plz! I live very close to a major freeeay, which is why my cats are indoors only! I’ve thought about getting some fixed cats and letting them live in my garage, but I’m scared of them getting killed also

  40. I have a big pile of wood the fire dept was suppose to burn in Feb. Still waiting. Have grass 3ft high due to no lawn mower nor weed wackier nor neighbors who want to do anything but complain about it. I am being blamed for the rats even this the other neighbor had the rat in his house and broke his shoulder 5 years prev, are all in his shed where he smokes meat and makes sausage. They steal Decon cubes in a setting. I have an African goose and they have borrowed under ear food shelter and eaten her food, she’s scared to enter I know know why.. They r in my shed, I’ve seen proof. Tomorrow I’m going out with the vingar tho. I’m scared of them. I’m going to pour some in the gooses shelters holes until I can cut my hair, I’ll shave it off for her if I have to. My question is will the vinegar hurt her?

  41. I live in Jeffersontown, Ky. My next door neighbor has about 15 bird feeders in his back yard and for the past 10 years I have delt with moles and chipmunks in my yard. This summer my dogs began to dig at the concrete palettes under my shed and hot tub. I had seen a mole in the shed and assumed that’s what I was dealing with. Last week we trapped a small rat, so I began to set various traps daily. I have trapped 8 rats in 10 days. I don’t feed my dogs outside and I have not seen any damage in my vegetable garden. I am afraid to use poisons due to my dogs. I have told the neighbors on both sides of me of the situation, the one with bird feeders just shakes their head. What would you suggest I do?

  42. We recently have rats in our backyard. Our neighbor ( who also keeps a clean home, and backyard) found one dead in their pool and one alive in their trash barrels. I called an exterminator and he put out poison. We have found 3 dead rats, and it smells outside like there are more dead ones. How do you know when they are finally all gone? I can see their burrow in the mulch under one of our bushes near our deck and the exterminator said he also saw more burrows under our deck. Should we cover up these burrows? I’m afraid if we do that they will then try and come inside the house. Please help@ I can not bring myself too even go in my backyard!!!

  43. My small neighborhood straight up has a colony of rats. HUGE rats. They are eating up my vegetable garden and I fear for my cats health as he is an excellent hunter. What can we do to get rid of 50-100 rats?!

  44. I manage an 11 floor condo complex in Washington DC. There’s construction going on in three areas very close by and one of my ground floor units is experiencing an influx of rats. His unit backs up to a courtyard that’s fenced in . There’s a cement area and an area of bushes and small plants. There are multiple rat traps with poison packs in them set all over the courtyard but that isn’t stopping the influx. I’ved called the city and the Health Dept Rodent control but this guy needs something NOW. Is there anything he/we can do to stop the madness at least for him until we get it entirely resolved through the city?

    1. You can try to buy different poisons,not the same type and company.The rats are smart.
      I think this you can try for beggining

  45. My daughter seen a rat in her garage when she was outside having a smoke. really scared her; she jumped into her car, then called me. I said I don’t know, a live trap maybe, use chocolate or peanut butter to attract. or call the police?

    she told her fiance’, but he thinks its a squirrel and won’t do anything. she has babies in the house and I’m afraid if she sees 1-rat, there will be more. any ideas?

  46. Hi, our neighborhood has been infested with roof rats which have invaded my house. Now they are coming out of my closet. My brother and I have tried live traps, TopCat poison in the garage (but one of my dogs got ahold of it, luckily did not eat any of it, thought it was a toy), snap traps and got the electonic traps. We have gotten about 6 in the live traps, about 5 in the snap traps and 1 in the electronic trap that is in my closet. The electronic trap we put in the attic mysteriously disappeared. Tonight my brother noticed a hole in my closet where they are coming in and out of. I have called exterminators but they are way too costly for 2 people on a fixed income. We are at our wits end. When we told our landlord, he said to get a cat, don’t feed him and let him kill the rats in the garage. Don’t think our dogs would let a cat in the house. HELP.

    1. Oh I forgot to let you know I live in Ft. Worth, Tx and I have also used peppermint oil. It has helped somewhat but not completely.

  47. I have a rat that comes into my backyard every night. when I let the dogs out during the course of the night, I am out there with them. they are inside dogs. I have picked up all poop and there is no food out there, yet this rat keeps running across the fence when I go out there to get away. I always spray where my dog urine to keep the grass from burning and when I see the rat I have shot it with the water frome the hose. not fazing him what can I do humanly to get rid of this animal. thanks so much.

    William

    1. Hey William,my grandfather learned me this: ”Is better that his mother to cry,not yours”

      so kill him mate,only one can survive.

  48. Hey guysmif i had to choose between killing them and let them stay alive,i would choose them to stay alive.But i cant do that.Im sorry to the people who think that killing them is not normal.

  49. We have a vine and tree-filled yard with an old landscape (terraced hillside done over 20 years ago with timbers and old cement blocks). The basic climate is high desert (Salt Lake City) but our yard is filled with tall trees and vines; very lush and shady. We noticed a lone rat in early spring but now we think there are small ones. They are not in the house but outside. I’m worried about disease and them getting more and more… What should we do? Bait? Traps? Not sure how to proceed…

    1. Hello Maggie
      If you want to use poison,please read this,it could be helpful to you.

      Buy good quality poison.so they die and wont suffer to much.
      Keep the dogs,cats etc out of the poison areas.
      Stick the posion to something heavy,like a brick for example (so the rats wont carry it through your whole garden).
      Find some places where you can place the poision.

      If you want to be more safer regarding your dogs or cats.Put the posion only during the night time.I think they come out to eat during night time,and not that much when is day.

  50. I think a have a rat in my dishwasher that I don’t use….. I heard one night , woke me up out of my sleep, I can hear it like it was scratching or gnawing on the cabinet near the stove, we brought rat traps and haven’t heard anything since but today while cleaning I swept up rat or mice feces… I’m scared to go in the kitchen and mind you I stay in an studio apartment…. I’m scared to death

  51. kamloops bc. river runs by us, and those living in apartments and townhouses and trailers are all
    noticing rats all of a sudden. So we are all catching these rats. But it is a war.PS our cat doesn’t care.

  52. I have snakes in my home as pets . And i feed them frozen mice . One red tail boa she eats 12 inch rats . tonight i saw a rat coming out from under my moble home and i have been hearing something on my roof . will moth balls keep them away i don’t leave food out don’t think there is water but i have not been under my moble in a long time please help the spring traps have not worked for me at all .

    1. Rats are extremely intelligent therefore you have to “outsmart” them or you will never actually get rid of your problem. I’ve lived on a farm in central Texas all of my life so I have always had to deal with the problem. Rats are very aware of their surroundings. If anything is out of the ordinary, like new traps being set out for them, they will simply avoid the unfamiliar object. Start out with only a few traps around your property. Bait the traps but do not set them. Continue this for a couple of weeks making sure to bait them each day but be careful not to move the trap. After a couple of weeks start setting the traps. Repeat the same steps for all additional traps that you might add. I live on a large farm with multiple barns and shops. I use approximately 100 traps and I remain in control of my rat population by using this strategy. There was a time when every trap had a dead rat in it when I made my daily rounds. Nowadays, i never find more than 5 on any given day. I store horse feed and chicken feed in one of my barns and i don’t have any issues with rats at all inside the barn. My point here is simple. It takes a lot of patience and determination to get rid of those pests but it can be done. By the way, I only use peanut butter on the traps. Don’t give up. You can control the situation.

      1. well we have rats galore. we have tried traps poison everything. i did hear that pinesol works too.i may try the peppermint and pinesol. i am at my witts end

  53. Hello,

    I have mice/rats in my basement. I discovered through using a Dropcam video that they nest in my treadmill. I’ve tried rat poison and traps but they’ve been avoiding them. I just put a large plastic seethrough tarp over the entire treadmill. I know they can chew through it, but I wanted to verify that it was indeed their nest. After turning off the lights in the basement I saw mice and rats running up the plastic sheeting, verifying that it was their nest. I turned back the lights on in the basement to restrict their movement. They don’t seem to be coming out of the nest. What do I do know?
    Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Sam

  54. Rat control is a practical issue. It has nothing to do with taking pleasure in their death or the sick enjoyment of their suffering. If these things turn you on my suggestion is for you all to drink a glass of Jim Jones Kool Aid and make the world a better place. There are rats who are more worthy of life than you.

  55. I found rat droppings behind my couch and under my cabinets (they sit up off the floor) I vacuumed everywhere that night and wiped everything down with bleach water,I got up the next morning to get ready for work and saw it ,It’s a rat ,I have found what might be entry place s and sealed them off ,then got home from work today and saw it again ! Help I am scared to go down the hall ,I have a dog and I am scared to use poison but I want them DEAD AND DEAD FAST .I live in northeast Georgia.Thanks for all the information,

  56. Yuck, what a thing to read.. I visit mom’s house in east TX every 2 or 3 weeks for the weekend. Nobody lives there since mom passed. I got to the driveway this time, pushed the garage door opener from the car and immediately saw a rat dodging the headlights I guess, going back behind the refrigerator where he came out. Freaked me out so I slowly got inside. Couple hours later, I headed to the garage for something, opened the door and switched on the light. Saw that rat (or a rat) coming to the door, running like hell I guess thinking it’d get in! I’m sure it was headed to the open door which I slammed shut as fast as I could and haven’t looked again. Is it possible these freaking rodents will run right past a human, which must seem like a giant to them!?? Are they really that brave or are they blind as in 3 blind mice? I only saw the one….I’m assuming it was the same rat I saw twice, right? Now Im here reading about home remedies and I’m just glad there’s something I can do immediately, BUT I have to go back to Dallas this afternoon and won’t be back for another couple weeks, or longer since it’s Christmas. I don’t know anyone here to ask to let an exterminator in the house to do his thing, so I’m feeling S.O.L. but I’m hoping a good home remedy will work REALLY well. I’m thinking on putting everything they hate into one big bowl and stirring it up like witch’s brew and filling tuna cans with it. Leave them in the most likely dark places they’d come in and hope for the best. Mom never had rats inside the house, but I know she’s had them in the garage closet before and this just might be their lucky day. I’m so long between visits, too, Im afraid of what they are going to do to the house, the new tenants, if given the chance. The inspector was impressed with how sound the house was, but now THIS. Rats? Oh My God. I’m so not ready… Yeah? Who is. So anyway, just want to say thanks for the forum. I’m a newbie. Let’s say I learned something. (Yuck x 1000.)

  57. The best way is to use poision,it’s called first bite,u will put it in a pie pan,mix with tuna put where nest is at,we live in country by creek rats come running in,we had used rat poision and we must have killed at least 20 the smell was so bad we used bleach, ozone air cleaner nothing would get the smell out,we had to leave for a while came back and cleaned out house,no matter how clean your house is they will come in,we use food storage,to cut off food,they still come in ,we sealed off there entry ways still find a way to get in if u live by a creek when creek rises they come in,if it’s cold weather they come in for shelter, they made tunnels in our yard,they have chewed threw concrete making tunnels,as soon as u kill of one nest,a mouth later here comes the 2nd nest, I think that if a person be lives they are cute and needs to be saved they have never had a bad rat infestation,I’m not talking little mice I’m talking rats big,when they damage your home,and yard,when you have to pay hundreds of Dallars fixing there damage,and here them sqeeking,and hissing at nite you will not think they are so cute, rats cause infections,and put your familys heath at steak,so I do not mind one bite to get them away as fast as possible,we have tried moth balls putting all under house did not work,peppermint oil,did not work,peppermint tea sprinkled around,did not work traps did not work,rats just swing them around,and they get smart,so the only way is poision,when you trap and release they will find another home to invade

  58. We have been fighting this buggers for years with mixed results. My experience with rat poison was painfully expensive. I placed the poison under my house, but it drove them insanely thirsty and they chewed through my poly pipes. I ended up spending thousands of dollars replacing these with new copper pipes.
    What we’ve finally resorted to is creating a concrete barrier around the perimeter of the house, several inches thick and about two feet wide. We check for breaches regularly, but we still find tunnels occasionally.
    I have no love or hate for these creatures, I just don’t want them under my house doing damage. But I won’t hesitate to kill them to prevent them from ruining my house. If it’s them or me? I stay, they go.

  59. I have an allotment and the rats killed and chewed my quails I tried snap traps after I trapped one they got clever setting off traps and eating the bait ! Tried poissen etc etc You have to keep changing tactics so I crushed 500 paracetamol fine moved it with jam honey sugar microwaved it to make it more manageable thickened it on toast both sides put in a food bag, places the toast around the areas where nothing else could get at it next day all gone remember you only get one shot at this as rats are clever and won’t go for it again. Next 2 days found several dead rats laying around they take the toast to there young !

    1. ONE EFFECTIVE METHOD
      One way that has proven to be effective for me has been multiple plastic bags of rat poison mixed with peanut butter. You put about 1/2 cup of rat poison pellets or the green poison blocked smashed up inside a sandwich zip lock bag and add a tea spoon size of peanut butter. You mixed it all well, zip the bag closed. Then, smear your hands with peanut butter and smear the bags with your hands as if you were cleaning your hands with the bags to remove your human scent. Then,
      throw them bags around where you have seen the rats around. The rats will eat it all, including the plastic bag. Prepare enough bags according to the infestation you have. You want to kill as many as you can on the very 1st try. Be careful with pets. If you have dogs or chickens, etc. they may get curious and be attracted to the smely left over pieces of bags around.

  60. OK I see ever one try all the stuff in still have rats we have rats to in live my a creek but dose any one now if this plug in one’s work they say the nose hurts there ears and bleed and they don’t come back I wanted to see if anyone try it yet plz right back if it works

  61. Hey Jeff,
    I just recently moved into a home that has a rat problem. I have set out multiple snap traps and have caught lots of rats, but the critters are populating faster than I can kill them. I read in your article about the tuna laced with poisen—don’t like that, but I think I may try it. I don’t want to smell ’em. I have a squarl catcher and I’ll try the trick I read here as well. I can’t picture in my head how to make the bucket with bleach in the bottom trap but would like to use that process if too. If you can send me a picture or diagram of this I would appreciate it. Do you have anymore ideas that you can give me? I absolutely hate rats!!!!
    Thanks

  62. Rats are vermin. Squirrels are not pets. These things are true although some people will try and make them look cute.

    I still like rats and would maybe keep one as a pet, but they’re not pets. My favorite animals that I see in my yard are birds and snakes.

    On the other hand, the birdfeed attracted rats and mice and eventually they made into the house. Mice are horrific. They go into every nook and cranny and crawl over everything and pee everywhere to mark with scent to invite others.
    The cats are the most dangerous because of their saliva. Cats mostly only hunt birds, not rats. The cats in my yard were so obsessed with killing birds, and I know cats will kill birds all day long given the choice over a rat. One cat was so obsessed, he scared me everyday, because I would enter the back yard and close the gate, and the cat felt trapped..
    And well, he wasn’t a graceful escapist and went through my legs and I tried to grab him…
    (Spare you the details)
    The cat bite will kill anything…almost killed me and I’m still suffering tremendously three years later. (Just recently, the guy who made the news because of a cat bite) Yes, here, I can appropriately say F* cats. Especially if it bites deep. Cats have the filthiest mouths – designed to kill prey by infecting them to a slow and miserable death.

    Snakes and birds are fun pets though – cats are just cuddly and snobby and overemphasized.
    Dogs are supreme and loyal.
    I don’t care for keeping a cat at all.
    The live traps sold for catching raccoons even include an image of a feral cat as a common pest that needs to be trapped and removed. Check your local laws before killing any cats.
    Anyways, I just bought some Chinese rat traps after watching Rats on Netflix. Shipped straight from China for $6 each, shipped. I have larger live traps that work well for controlling rats in my house, but they require a “taller” column of water to completely submerse the trap with rat in it.
    These Chinese traps will work in a bucket of a water and are the perfect size.
    The reason I use live traps is control. Pest Control.

    –Not poison “something” and hope it dies–

    And snap traps sometimes just beat the rat up and he hobbles off, only now, he’s just a little bit tougher.

    — I don’t want to make any rat smarter or tougher, because enough people are already doing that. Catch and kill. Control the rat completely. Rats can get away from snap traps, but not live traps. Drowning is not humane really, but it is the simplest solution when a rat is alive in a metal cage. Maybe suffocation, but that could take any length of time. Drowning takes several minutes and then some. After they die, they can still start breathing again, so keep em under that extra bit.

    A squirrel died in my attic above my bed and maggot casings were scattered all over our bed from an old celing vent. A horrific thing since it was my wife who discovered it.
    Rats have stared down my wife – and they were unafraid. When they stare you down and they’re two feet long and standing in your kitchen, you will soon find out who is the smart one. This giant rat was unafraid and so, never got trapped. He recruited a younger, dumber comrade. Well, I killed the “bait” rat and then the older rat must have decided it was better somewhere else. Haven’t seen him since.

    Poison is an anomoly to me. Sometimes, it’s the only rodent control option I see available for sale at the local retail store.

    — Whatever poison is put into a food chain, WILL definitely, FOR SURE, work it’s way down the chain. How is this legal??

    — That’s how thirteen Bald Eagles were all simultaneously killed in Maryland last year. It was only on the news for a couple days. I’m certain that chemical companies are a big influence here. Anywhere money is to be made, chem. companies are sure to have a lot of sway. They even snuck poison into my cigarettes and didn’t have to tell me. All it says is FSC next to the barcode. Fire Safety Cigarettes.

    (It started maybe seven years, but most people in my state still don’t know about it. DuPont makes a plastic compound that is added to the paper. Quarter inch thick rings stagger the cigarette. Look at it from the right angle in light or just notice the ring when pulling a drag. The plastic intensity is inconsistent from one pack to the next. The most plastic is used closer to the filter. Designed this way, probably backed by studies on how cigarettes cause fires.)

    Now, I know I’m going on, but get this – FSC cigarettes were originally proposed and turned down in favor of using fire retardents in everything else instead. We have to take advantage of every opportunity to make money, right…(“Merchants of Doubt”)

    Fire retardents are an ecolgical disaster. Killing marine life , starting with the top of the food chain, Orcas.

    One versus the other, I guess I choose FSC cigarettes over fireproof couches. Better we put the plastic in the cigarettes, BUT couldn’t ya at least TELL us?

    My advice, DO NOT poison unless you are in control of the toxic dead body afterward. Or you could just let your cat find the dead rat, eat it, and then lick your face later.

    A giant Cooper’s hawk was stalking my back yard one day, so I investigated and found a dead rat next to my compost pile. Hawk couldn’t quite reach the rat, so I donned a glove and tossed that rat into the grass. The hawk ate contently for almost fifteen minutes…in the city even, with people walking by. I don’t remember seeing that hawk again, but I hope he hadn’t been poisoned. I should have tossed the rat of unkown origin of death into the trash.

    Rats are extremely smart and individual just like us. In this epic battle, we must remember that making the rats smarter is our biggest challenge on how do we limit this from happening..

    Please feed birds and not feral cats. Do research if need be. Cats have their place, but people unnecessarily prop them up and end up enable Rats are vermin. Squirrels are not pets. These things are true although some people will try and make them look cute.

    (Cat almost killed me.

    Rat taunted my wife, then once trapped a rat would “scream” every time my wife would enter the room (since I was out of town, the rat had to wait to die).

    Mice are horrific. This is the only time I say for sure, get a cat if you want.

    These vermin carry all sorts of diseases, parasites, and yes – “mites.”
    House mice mites will come after YOU, once you eliminate a nest.
    Don’t find out the hard way. And don’t put stupid stuff on Facebook – like my new friend “The squirrel.”
    Just a tree rat with a bushy tail. Don’t forget it

    Figuring out the proper way to feed birds is inexpensive with endless reward. Only feed during extreme weather to limit attracting rats and mice. I get the most Goldfinch every time it snows and I keep the feeders full till it melts. More types of interesting and smaller birds show up when there isn’t a steady stream of competition at a feeder that is kept full year round. Cutting off birdfeed ensures diversity in their diet and makes them smarter and less dependent.

  63. I have a problem a field rat in my kitchen. It keeps eating a whole around the pipes by my washing machine and gas pipe by my stove. I have stuffed and sealed and they are still getting in there. Just the kitchen though. Could it be getting through the dryer?

  64. Help!!
    I have a terrible rar problem, the ******* seem to have set up shop in the eves and an out building but have tunnelled in to the house… there is literally a hole going through a wall now and they’ve got to the size where they’re beating up the cat!
    The poison worked at first [super anti-coagulent] however they dont seem to eat it now and the rattraps they also ignore.. im at the point of giving serious thought to gassing the entire building!
    Any ways you can suggest to kill them, humane or not makes no difference!

  65. I have what appears to be a brown rat in my yard. I have counted about 5 to 6 entrances but have only noticed one rat (one set of foot prints, for example). Now I feed birds and squirrels but the feeders are located above the ground. Any seed that falls to the ground and not eaten by ground feeding birds are cleaned up before sun down daily.
    I have now noticed the rat is coming out during the day light hours. I would stop feeding the other critters but I reside in Canada and it is winter. To stop feeding the critters now could lead to them starving since they are now dependent on the food I leave them until spring.
    I would rather have the rat leave than kill it since I have pets and live in an area where people tend to let their cats wander. I cannot plant anything since nothing would survive at the moment.
    Any suggestions as to what I can do? I fear that if I wait until spring I could end up with an infestation (mating season).

    1. either stop feeding the birds or squirrels (they will survive on there own) or get a victor trap . The rat will never leave if there is food available and you will end up with dozens or hundreds soon . You are the one causing the problem as the food will just bring more .

    2. You said it yourself. You are feeding critters. You are keeping them comfortable and possibly providing food for rodents at the same time. I dont care how many times you clean bird feed up, the rat will get some before you do.

      The answer to your problem IS the problem you are creating yourself. Stop feeding critters. When they get hungry enough, they will go a rat hunting for their food. Two problems solved in one. Your problem is self created. Let nature do its course, stop trying to be kind, the world isn’t supposed to be kind, it’s supposed to be a harsh environment that animals have to work to survive in, thats how they keep strong. Animals only become strong when they have to work for themselves. By constantly feeding them, you are making them weak. They now dont have to search for food cos they know they’re gonna get it from you. No need to hunt then. Just stay in one spot and let the kind man feed us. In the meantime, your rat is getting a free pass. Easy life.

      Just do some critical thinking, and for god sake, dont start considering the cruelty of not feeding them. You are being far more cruel to them by keeping them weak and subservient.

      And what makes you think that all critters will die if you dont do your thing anyway? That’s an incredibly arrogant thing to think, it’s like you dont think nature can exist without you. I’d suggest having a really deep think about who or what is creating your problem. I think it’s your mindset that is the problem.

      You are quite literally killing critters with kindness.

  66. I have a rat problem …in a balcony.
    I live in a 2nd floor apartment (in a small 4-unit building), and the kitchen has a door that leads to a small, roofed balcony that serves as laundry area and sits above the downstairs neighbor’s backyard. Well, I found rat droppings in said balcony, under the washing machine, when I moved it to sweep the floor a few weeks ago. I got rid of the droppings (safely), disinfected the whole balcony with bleach and checked daily to see if the rat(s) came back. They did about a 10 days later. I repeated the process, and didn’t find anything for a couple of weeks until today, when I found droppings again under the washing machine.
    The only things in the balcony are literally the washing machine, a utility sink and my water heater. I don’t keep trash, food, or anything else in there. I keep the sink’s drain covered when I don’t use it. The door to the balcony is always closed. The whole building, balconies included, is a concrete structure, so there’s no wood or drywall to chew. I’ve checking the whole apartment ever since and there are no signs of rats or mice inside (and I get that they’re incredibly sneaky but truly, there’s no way for them to get inside unless I open the door for them.) And I’ve only found droppings in the morning. So, on the bright side, they seem to come to the balcony at night, and merely take shelter under the washing machine. On the other hand, I rather not have rodents leaving droppings in SUCH close proximity, just outside the kitchen!
    I’m at a loss of what to do. I assume they climb into the balcony from one of the two backyards below or from the next-door neighbor’s balcony. So, do I assume one of my neighbors has a rat infestation and the rats decided to use the space beneath my washing machine as a get-away pad or something? And if that’s the case, is there a solution for me? The usual advice of keeping everything clean and free of food is useless because there’s nothing in there anyway. And if I call the exterminator, will that work if I don’t have the infestation inside, but maybe one of my neighbors does?
    Ugh, I don’t know what to do. I’m iffy about using poison because I don’t want to deal with a potentially dead rat on my own. And I’ve been checking electronic repellents but there are so many mixed reviews. Is there anything I can do to make them go away? Is this normal rat behavior, showing up only every few days?

  67. I tried to post another comment that didn’t get published :( Long story short, I’ve been having trouble with rats outside my apartment in a balcony that serves as laundry area. It’s a small balcony just outside the kitchen (I live on a 2nd floor in a 4-unit building) and the only things in the balcony are: the washing machine, a utility sink, and the water heater. That’s it. No trash cans, no garbage, no traces of food. Nothing on the floor. The sink’s drain is covered when it’s not being used. But one morning, I found droppings under the washing machine when I moved it to sweep the floor. So I cleaned the whole floor with bleach and checked daily. No droppings for about 8 days, then I found droppings one morning. Again, I cleaned everything with bleach, the floor and the balcony walls. And again, no droppings for almost 2 weeks until a few days ago.
    I assume they like the hollow space under the washing machine to keep warm or something, or maybe just to hang in there because they can’t get inside the apt. (I’ve been checking constantly and truly, there are no signs inside, and thankfully, no cracks or possible entry points other than the doors.) It still disturbs me to know they come at night to the balcony, and probably try to get in. I don’t know what to do. There’s nothing for them on the balcony, no food, trash, or material to chew on or nest. I’m at a loss. And I don’t know if maybe the bleach has kept them away a few days at a time or it’s just a coincidence that they come by only every few days. I’m hesitant about traps because I don’t want to have to deal with a dead rat on my own. But I don’t know what else to do. I don’t have an infestation inside …but maybe one of my neighbors does …But why do these damn rats like to play house under my washing machine? Should I just call the exterminator?

  68. I live in a very old home in a forest inholding. My closest neighbor is 1.5 miles away. There are two creeks on either side of my home, so plenty of fresh water. Our home is seemingly being taken over by large adorable rats. Really cute big rats. We have tried live traps but can’t get control of them. They seem to have parties over head at night. Not that this would be advisable but years ago when we kept poultry we developed a big rat population. Then two rattlesnakes moved in and curled up right in front of the chicken house door. Within two days the snakes had cleaned out the rats. Of course then we had to move the rattlesnakes so we could get in to feed the chickens. That is scary as they are strong and fast and don’t like being messed with. But they did eliminate the rats. This could not have been painless. I always wonder if the babies are left to die if their mother is killed too. I just wish we could put up a sign saying, “No rats allowed inside!”.

  69. How about some of you rat lovers post your address and we will catch and bring them to your house And you can deal with them humanley! I need them gone like now! How do I kill them and keep my other animals and children protected?

  70. Like your webpage. We are seeking a solution to our rat infestation. Inhumane ways sound horrible, too, but the problem has to go away.

  71. Dont listen to the hippy trolls on here. They will get you going to places to buy peppermint oil, pepper seeds and they’ll probably even suggest essential oils and scatter cushions for the rodents to chill out on while they laugh at your pathetic attempts to shoo them away kindly. Perhaps leave a few ashtrays and some joints around for them to have a smoke as well. And if that doesn’t work, feed them some cheese and milk and stroke them while they eat. Ugh.

    Dont listen to them. Murder at will. It’s not the hippies that have to pay the bills,. it’s not the hippies who are getting their trendy pads eaten out from under them.

  72. Murder murder murder
    kill kill kill
    bash em on the head or poison with sleeping pills
    murder murder murder
    die die die
    design a rodent trap that puts sharp things in their eyes
    murder murder murder
    death death death
    keep killing rodents til there’s no rodents left
    murder murder murder
    yippee trippy skippy
    when we’ve finished with the rats we should make a start on the hippies

  73. Hi guys.

    I have a question. How long does the dad stick around after the brood is born? I noticed holes in my garden the other day. Put out traps and the first night gone one big sucker. Last night I got 2 babies. I’m hoping it’s just mother and litter in there. Anyone know? I hate these damn things, they are so gross.

  74. We have tried several diff things to kill these Rats…we have killed a good 8 of them. There are 2 that are smarter than the rest. They don’t step into any of the traps or stick boards. They won’t eat the rat poison. Need help getting rid of the rest.

  75. Rats get into our attic because of this poorly built house we’re renting. Pest control came out and wanted us to pay $2,000 to get rid of all the insulation in the attic and replace it with a spray in kind. They get into the gargage because the side door has a huge gap at the bottom. We killed them last year using poison. We quickly realized that was a mistake when their nasty dead carcasses took 4 months to decompose, stinking up our entire house. We didn’t want to be home or let anyone come over it was hell. Now they’re back and quickly multiplying. Metal trap and glue traps aren’t working and I’m going insane because they keep me up all night running through the attic and walls. We are looking for a place to move to because of fucking rats!!!

  76. Rats are pests, They are also living creatures that feel pain and terror and are just trying to survive. You can get rid of them with cruelty or with kindness. Not being abe to bear the thought of an agonising death by poison lasting up to a week I chose the latter. Here’s how I got rid of all my rats humanely:

    1. I scrubbed the areas where they had been and applied two washings of Jeyes Fluid (They don’t like the smell).
    2. I identified all entry points and blocked them with wire wool
    3, I plugged in two sonic devices (Depends on the size of your house)
    4. I soaked cotton wool balls in euca5lptus (Available from pharmacists) and placed them around. the smell repels them
    5. I made sure that not a single scrap of food had been left out

    Result -Within two days they had vanished. I suspect they are now living in the adjacent field.
    Please – before you resort to cruel means, try this.

  77. I have tried to humanely capture the rats but to no avail. I have a small animal trap but either I am doing it wrong or they just won’t take the bait. They are not in my house thank goodness but they are residing under the back deck of my mobile home and I am sure under it also. I don’t want to kill them, but just want them gone. Can you help without costing a fortune

  78. Hi there,
    I have seen a rat today in our garden. This is the first time I have ever seen a rat!
    We have a compost bin at the end of our garden, and currently, a big pile of tree cuttings/ weeds/ garden waste etc. I’m hugely concerned that maybe they have made a nest in the big heap? We were planning to do a bonfire with the pile, which would have involved moving the pile (which is by our shed). Now I’m concerned that when we move the rubble/ garden cuttings, we’ll finds LOADS of rats!!
    What should we do?
    Please help…
    Many thanks,
    Cat

  79. I have disposed of 4 rats this week using a single snap trap in the basement….we recently placed a bird feeder off the back deck and then got an infestation of rats into the house….I’m sorry to offend all you “bunny huggers” but a rat is not cute and carries disease!! Get rid of them by what ever means necessary! Nearly 1/3 of Europe died due to rats spreading the Black Plague disease in past history, remember!

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