Humane Rat Control

Below are some ways of humane rat control:

  • Use exclusion methods to keep rats from entering your home in the first place. This includes sealing up any holes or cracks in your walls, floors, and ceilings, and using weather-stripping and door sweeps on all entry points into your home.
  • Keep your kitchen clean and free of food debris. Store food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Eliminate sources of water and shelter for rats outside of your home. Remove piles of wood, leaves, or other organic material, and repair any leaks or drainage problems you may have.
  • Use rat-resistant containers for storing garbage, pet food, and bird seed. These are designed to keep rats from being able to access the food inside.
  • Trap rats using live traps or snap traps. Be sure to check the traps regularly and remove any caught rats promptly.
  • Use rodenticides responsibly to kill rats, but be aware that these products can be dangerous to children and pets if used incorrectly. Always follow the label directions carefully.
  • Hire a professional pest control company if you are not able to control the rat population on your own. They will have access to more powerful pesticides and other control methods that may be necessary in severe infestations.
  • Prevent rats from getting into your home by keeping it clean and clutter-free. Store food in sealed containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  • Make your home less inviting to rats by eliminating sources of water and shelter. Remove piles of wood, leaves, or other organic material, and repair any leaks or drainage problems you may have. 

If you do have rats in your home, trap them using live traps or snap traps. Be sure to check the traps regularly and remove any caught rats promptly.