How to kill rats in the home

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How to kill rats in the home
Rats live in colonies, so if you see one it's likely you have several more hiding in your home. (Rats image by MoonKeeper from

Rats chew wires, spread disease and can cause a lot of damage in your home and attic. To eliminate a rat infestation you not only have to kill the rats, but also stop them from entering your home. Sealing entry points along with killing the rats already in your home prevents new rats from entering and contains the infestation. Trapping is the best method to kill rats in your home.

Things you need

  • Large snap traps
  • Peanut butter
  • Dog food
  • Steel mesh or sheeting
  • Vacuum cleaner

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    Bait 12 to 20 large rat traps with peanut butter and place dry dog food on several small plates. Fort Lauderdale Animal Control recommends dog food to attract the rats to approach the traps.

    How to kill rats in the home
    Set bait for rats with dry dog food. (Le rat creve... Phnom Penh image by J-F Perigois from
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    Spread traps in groups of four in your attic and in areas where you've seen rats or droppings. You should use four traps baited with peanut butter surrounding a plate of dry dog food, says Lakeland Animal Control. When the rats come over to get the bait, the traps snap shut, killing them.

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    Remove dead rats daily to avoid the odour and reset traps to kill remaining rats.

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    Remove rat droppings by cleaning your insulation and vacuuming the droppings once the rats have been killed. This eliminates their scent, which can attract more rats.

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