How to get rid of rats

The best way to have a rodent free home is to make sure that they don’t have a way to enter in the first place. This means blocking all potential entry points that rats and mice are likely to use to gain access to your home. We have some tips to help you learn how to get rid of rats and mice outside your home.

Eliminate entryways into your home

When it comes to rodent-proofing your home, you will need to inspect your property for any entry points and seal off potential gaps. Block gaps under the doors and around garage doors, and seal gaps around pipes or cables where they penetrate the walls.

How to get rid of mice in the house

You can keep both mice and rats away from your home by simply adopting some good habits around your garden at home:

How to keep rodents away in the garden

  • Keep your garden tidy: rodents are able to climb into the roof cavity by jumping over from overhanging branches, climbing up ivy growing on walls and even using objects leaning against the wall to get in. Make sure you drastically cut branches back from your home, remove any climbing plants from the walls, clear cluttered storage areas and remove rubbish near fences and garden buildings.
  • Regularly clean birdcages and other pet housing: if you suspect that you may have a rodent problem, stop feeding birds or wild animals as the unattended food can attract rats and mice.
  • Be active in your outdoor areas and move things around in the garden often: rats avoid high traffic areas and are extremely wary of changes in their territory.
  • Keep an eye on your crops and plants: rodents are always on the lookout for food so if you are growing any crops such as fruits and vegetables, take care to harvest them as soon as they are ripe and remove any fruit that have dropped on the ground. Remember, these agile creatures can climb trees!

How to avoid attracting rodents to the house

  • Remove or make all potential sources of food inaccessible. Keep garbage tightly covered. Clean the barbeque and outdoor dining areas immediately after use and harvest crops as soon as possible.
  • Eliminate sources of water, including containers that may catch rainwater and dripping taps.

Use a purpose-built pest control product

Two of the most common methods of do-it-yourself pest control include trapping the rodents or setting baits for them. Before you try either, keep in mind that rats are particularly wary of new objects, new foods or changes to their environment. They are a cautious pest, which means it may take them a while to get comfortable enough to approach the trap or bait you’ve set out.

While trapping rodents may be effective when there are only a few of them, a significant population may require something more drastic. Rodenticide baits consist of food pellets laced with rodenticide poison and are an effective way of eliminating larger groups. Always make sure that you follow the directions on the packaging to prevent accidental poisoning of pets or children.

Try, for example, the Mortein Rat & Mice Dual Action Throwpacks, a highly effective throw pack that is a complete solution to rat and mice problems. It kills rats and mice in a single feed while also killing the fleas that are commonly found on them before they spread diseases. This product is also effective against rodents that are resistant to warfarin which is used in some rodenticides. Simply place these ready-to-use packs in key areas around your home for continuous rodent control.

You can read our article for some more information into how rodents get into your home (and how to stop them doing so).