How to Get Rid of Rats
If you have started to hear noises in your attic, or in the walls, rest assured: it’s not an elephant that you’re dealing with, but it is rats. You might wonder how on earth they got there, if you have air conditioning- start by checking the line set cover outside. The opening is more than big enough for rodents to get inside. There are several options when deciding on how to seal this rodent entry area. Just remember, if you choose to take care of sealing this rodent entry yourself, you may trap rats in your attic. Obviously, the preference is to remove rats, because trapped rodents can wreak havoc. They are cannibalistic, so if they are trapped and have no source of food- they are quite happy to turn on their friends to get a bite to eat. If you thought hearing them hanging out was bad, imaging trying to fall asleep while rat fights are going down. Or worse, you’re entertaining friends and it all kicks off. Additionally, they may turn to their new prison for a snack- choosing through the walls or ceiling, destroying your home and creating more problems.
There may be no alternative to dealing with your rat infestation: it might have to be extermination. Where possible we subscribe to our 4-step rodent control process, but every case is treated as required. There are more human methods, which involve dispatching the animals as painlessly as possible. These generally involve direct contact and must be done one at a time.
Methods of Removing Rats
Cats – these are the rodent’s natural predator. While this may not be the most humane method, it’s definitely the natural circle of life. If you have a cat, they will more than likely be happy to take care of business.
Snap Traps – this tried and true method of a snap trap, which is simply a larger version of the mechanical mousetrap. Provided it has been loaded properly, the spring action will kill the rats instantly.
Electrocution Traps – these are fairly new and are considered the green alternative, compared to rat poison. The rats are lured into a chamber and then automatically given a lethal electric shock.
Asphyxiation – The American Veterinary Association has actually approved this using carbon dioxide for home use. When baking soda and vinegar are mixed together, it produces CO2. When these are combined in proper amounts they produce CO2 levels that anesthetize and then kill the rodents. You will also need an airtight container to contain the gas and the animal(s). CAUTION: This method for producing CO2 can cause a volatile reaction, which may be dangerous to you and loved ones.
While these methods are considered humane, they still have their own drawbacks. Snap traps can result in the rodent being caught by its tail or paw, rather than killing it outright, this results in serious suffering. To asphyxiate the rodents the ratio has to be exactly right.
The truth is, when you’re dealing with a rat infestation- it’s best to call in the professionals and let Seattle’s best exterminators take care of the problem for you. We can even help you make sure that they don’t come back.