How to Get Rid of Rats in the Loft

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How to Get Rid of Rats in the Loft
Keep a home's loft free of pesky rats. (Rats image by MoonKeeper from Fotolia.com)

Rats will live in almost any environment that provides them with food, water and shelter. Unfortunately, this can include a home's loft or attic. Rats are generally larger than mice and have hairless ears and a hairless tail that is longer than their body. A loft space is an attractive situation for a rat because it will provide protection and keep the rodent from being seen on a regular basis. If not removed quickly, several rats can climb into the loft, mate and produce an epidemic.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Snap traps
  • Bait
  • Duct tape
  • Gloves
  • Garbage bags
  • Plastic bag
  • Hand soap
  • Water

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Instructions

    Snap Traps

  1. 1

    Place snap traps around areas that the rats frequent. You can easily identify such areas by looking for large piles of rat droppings.

  2. 2

    Bait the traps with a slice of apple, a dollop of peanut butter or a piece of cheese. Avoid using insecticides in the home, especially if there are pets that can come across the trap.

  3. 3

    Secure the traps to the ground with duct tape. This will ensure that the rat does not run off with the trap attached to it.

  4. 4

    Check the trap several times a day. Once a rat has been caught, pick up the trap and dead rat with gloved hands and place both into a garbage bag. Throw the bag into a dustbin outdoors. If the rat is still alive, cover its head with a plastic bag until it stops moving and then place it into the plastic bag to dispose of it.

  5. 5

    Wash your hands with hot water and soap.

    Prevent Infestations

  1. 1

    Keep the home's yard free of pet food and human food, which may attract rats.

  2. 2

    Keep any shrubs or bushes near the home trimmed. Overgrown shrubbery will provide a comfortable habitat for the rats. New bushes should be planted at least three feet away from the home.

  3. 3

    Close outdoor garbage can lids tightly.

  4. 4

    Seal any openings or cracks in the foundation, windows, doors and home's exterior. A rat can squeeze through a very small space.

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