Rats are either loathed or loved but because they multiply so fast and carry disease they’re generally considered pests. They’re found almost everywhere.
If there’s one thing to be said of rats it’s that they’re survivors. They multiply fast, can eat almost anything and have an uncanny ability to find food. It’s important, therefore, to take steps to prevent them from entering houses in the first place.
What causes infestation?
Like any living being, rats seek out food and water. They also search for places to nest. If your home can provide these three necessities you can be sure an infestation is in the offing. Keeping food in secure containers, bringing in pet food dishes and keeping surroundings clear of logs of wood and heaps of clothing – likely nesting places – can keep them at bay.
Signs of infestation
The risk of infestation is higher if rats have taken hold of a nearby place. Pets bringing home dead rats, rats traveling along utility lines, burrows in the yard and near garbage cans, and fallen fruits being fed on are a few indicators that you may have a rat problem. Also look for remains of rat nests in log piles and noises in the attic once dusk settles.
What you can do
It takes time for rats to infest a place and more times than most, it’s our activities that cause them to become problems in the first place. As mentioned, they’re drawn to sources of food and water so if we took the time to make sure both are unavailable the chances of an infestation developing would be slim.
Keep interiors and exteriors clean. Dispose garbage regularly and don’t leave pet food and water out. If you’re feeding birds, make sure crumbs are picked up every evening. Rake leaves, turn over compost heaps and regularly check log piles for nests.
They’re tried and trusted tools which are still used even today. True, they’re labor-intensive as you have to set them up and clear them away but they’re much safer than poison. The latter should only be used as a last resort because there’s the risk of contaminating soil and water. Also, pets and children may inadvertently come into contact with it which can prove to be fatal.
Frightening devices work for a time but rats quickly become used to them. You’ll end up spending good money on tools that will ultimately fail so stick with traps which are much safer. As for predators like cats and owls, they may or may not hunt rats. It depends on their inclination especially with cats.
A point to note with traps is that rats may take a while to fall prey. They tend to avoid new objects and new foods so it’ll probably be a few days before you see signs of successful trapping. Be patient and don’t make the switch to poison.
Periodic checks are important because you can catch rats before they become a problem. Look for the signs mentioned above. If there’s already a problem and it looks to be growing it’s time to call in the pros. DIY techniques won’t work.
The original wood-based wire snap trap, the Victor Easy Set Rat Trap, provides instant rodent control and is safe for household use. For effective rat control, each rat trap comes pre-baited with a large, scented plastic ‘Swiss cheese’ trip pedal. The large pedal of this rat trap is easily activated – both by rodent interest in food and through accidental contact as rats scamper across the floor – to ensure maximum trapping. Once a rodent triggers the pedal, the rat trap immediately springs closed to eliminate the pest on contact. The rat trap can then be easily disposed of for quick and clean removal. This trap require no chemicals or poisons, so it is an ideal rat control device for use around food, water, children and pets.
- Pre-baited rat traps
- Expanded trigger for the highest catch rates
- Easy to use thanks to its Easy-Set design, for clean and quick trapping
- Can be used around kids and pets, made in the U.S.A. Easy disposal provides visible proof of rodent capture
- Forest stewardship council certified wood, non-toxic