Rodents (rats and mice)

How To Get Rid of Rats: There is a great deal of wrong information and ignorance regarding rat control. Many extermination companies and people resort to poison use for rat control, and this is a big mistake. Poison does not solve the problem and creates many additional problems.  The proper way to solve a rat problem is by stopping the root of the problem.  If you want to get rid of rats in your house or attic, you must first find out how they are getting in, and seal off those entry points permanently.  Once that is done, the rats should by physically trapped and removed from the building, as seen in my photo to the right.  It’s also a good idea to clean and decontaminate the mess that they’ve made.


What is the best way of kill rats? Not with poison, but with actual rodent trapping, with snap traps. There are many effective brands, but with many years’ experience, I like the wooden Victors the best. If you have rodents in the attic, then you have to set the traps in the attic, on the rat runways. Trap placement is very important. Look for the droppings, runways, and brown fur grease. Rodent removal is a very exact science, and it must be done correctly if you want permanent rat eradication, The most common nuisance rats are the more northern Norway Rat, or Brown Rat, and the more southern Roof Rat, also known as the Black Rat.


Rats are commonly associated with urban areas. They will go wherever they can find food and shelter, and that often includes buildings. Although they may look large, they need only a tiny hole (the size of a quarter) or a 1/2 inch crack to fit through. Black and Norway rats will consume many different types of plant and animal foods. They also contaminate food with their urine and feces. Rats are carriers of many different diseases, they contaminate food, and sometimes bite. Rats are primarily nocturnal.


Even though they often live for less than a year, they can breed in large quantities. There is no magic spray or electrical sonic sound waves that will get rid of rats, the only real way to get rid of them is to seal up the exclusions (point of entry) trap, and remove. After you have done this I highly recommend that you disinfect and clean out the contaminated material that is sure to have urine and feces on it.