Rats are pests you don't want to mess around with. If you're seeing rats in your house, or if you hear them clawing in your attic, call a rodent control professional for help getting rid of them. Rats are destructive and they spread diseases, so getting rid of them quickly is important. Here are some ways to deal with a rat problem in your house.
Decide If You'll Use Poison Bait
There are pros and cons to using poison bait on rats in your house. The main risk is the rat will die behind a wall or other place where you can't find the body. That means you'll have to deal with a foul smell until the smell goes away on its own, which could be days. Another risk of using bait is that your pets or kids could get into it accidentally.
On the other hand, bait can be put in stations where kids can't reach it, and it's effective at killing rats within a few days. Your rat control professional can help you decide if the pros outweigh the cons of using bait.
If you decide to use bait, the exterminator can put it out, replenish it in a few days, and collect rat bodies so you don't have to deal with them.
Put Out Snap Traps
Snap traps are also very effective at killing rats. These can also pose a danger to kids and pets, so they must be placed where they will be safe to leave unsupervised. A rat control professional knows the best type of bait to use and how to position the traps so rats are likely to get killed by them.
The exterminator may put out many traps at once to capture as many of the pests as possible in the early stages before the rats realize the traps are dangerous. Rats are smart creatures, and they'll avoid the traps if they have reasons to do so.
Find Out Where Rats Are Getting In
The rat control professional will probably search around your home to find out where the rats are getting inside. Then they can seal up the hole so no more rats get in. However, rats trapped inside can't get out either, so it's important to trap the rats left indoors.
You may also want to clean the area around the hole and the rat trails with a cleaning solution that has peppermint oil in it. Rats follow the scent of other rats, so cleaning your home can eliminate the scent. Plus, rats tend to avoid peppermint oil, so that's a good scent to use to repel rats and cover old rat odors.
To learn more, contact a company that provides rat control services.