Effective DIY Rat Removal Tips & Tricks
1. The first step in any DIY Rat Removal should be to clean all garbage and debris from around your home including seeds that fall around bird feeders. Any objects leaning against your home could be concealing entry points or nesting locations.
Cut back any bushes, flowers or trees to at least 1′ 1/2 feet away from your home. Make sure that no tree branches are leaning onto your home. Rats will use these as bridges to climb onto your roof.
1. Common entry point signs.
Rats are known for being able to fit into a hole the size of a quarter, which is just under an inch in diameter (0.96 inches).
Some common entry point signs are
- Any Ventilation point such as laundry, Roof or Under home crawl space vents.
- Gaps between walls and/or ceilings.
- Unsealed drainage pipes or electrical wires running into your home.
- Damaged sections of wall or paneling
- Space created by crumbling mortar
- Hollowed crack in a foundation
- Holes or cracks in a window Frame.
2. Sealing off Entry Points.
- Fine Steel wool (galvanized, copper or brass screen mesh for outdoor use)
- silicone sealant
- caulking gun
- putty knife
Sealing off The Entry Points
- Step one is to fill in any gaps with Steel wool. This is going to be the backing that stops the Rats from chewing their way through.
- Step two is to use a Caulking Gun with Silicone Sealant to cover over the steel wool and completely seal the gap.
- Step three is to use a putty knife or wet glove finger to smooth out the silicone sealant around the hole.
This ensures a good spread of the silicone sealant and makes things look clean and professional.
If a gap in your home is quite large then you will need to use galvanized, brass or copper hardware cloth with a grid (mesh) size of 1/8″ or 1/4″
Secured in place using roofing screws, roofing nails or caulking.
3. Dryer Vent Protection
Dryer ventilation covers are notorious for creating an easy access point for Rats. Your typical dryer vent with airflow flaps can be easily pried open by the little rodent fingers giving them access to your home. Luckily this is a cheap and easy fix!
1. The first Step in making a Rat Proof Dryer Vent is to find or purchase some galvanized hardware cloth with a grid (mesh) size of 1/8″ or 1/4″. Hardware cloth also comes in 1/2″ mesh, but that is too large for barring rodents. Do not purchase chicken wire (sometimes called poultry netting), which has thin wire and large openings.
2. Cut the mesh to size using standard tin snips and make sure to cut closely along the side of a wire to prevent having any sharp protruding ends sticking out (Wearing gloves might be a good idea).
3. Place the cut piece mesh over the ventilation hole and secure it in place using roofing screws or roofing nails. Put in a nail or screw every 2″ to 3″ along the edges, ensuring the mesh lies flat with no gaps for the Rats to fit through.
4. Making A DIY Water Bucket Rat Trap
- 5-Gallon Bucket
- 1/2″ PVC Pipe
- 1/2″ PVC Pipe Caps
- Drill Bits
- Cordless Drill Or Corded Drill
- Some Reese’s peanut butter cups or plain Peanut butter.
Building the DIY bucket trap
1. The First Step is to measure the width of the top of the 5-gallon bucket trap. Minus two inches from your measurement, then mark the new total of your measurement on the PVC pipe.
2. Cut the PVC pipe to the length of your measurement, then insert the PVC end caps. Ensure that the PVC pipe fits between the sides within the top of 5-gallon bucket trap. There should be a small gap on each side of the PVC pipe so it can spin freely once on its “screw axes”
3. Now mark a drill point on the center of each PVC Pipe Cap.
4. Use a drill with a small drill bit to drill a pilot hole into the center marks on the PVC pipe caps.
5. Now use a Sharpy to mark two drill points straight across from each other on opposite sides of the Bucket trap. These drill points should be located around one inch down from the top rim of the bucket.
6. Drill out the marked holes in the bucket with a Drill Bit that is big enough to fit your Screws, but still small enough so that the larger end of the Screw cannot fit through.
5. Humane Catch and Release Rat Trap
These traps are 100% safe to use around children and pets.
- HUMANE – Does not kill or cause any injury to the captured animal.
- SAFE – No poisons, chemicals, sprays, or glues.
- RELIABLE AND REUSABLE.
- RECOMMENDED – These types of traps are endorsed by Humane Societies and Animal Rights Organizations.
6. DIY Store Bought Rat Traps
1. The Classic Wooden Rat Trap
The classic wooden Rat Trap is a simple yet effective trap that has been able to withstand the test of time since it was invented in 1897.
How To Set A Classic Wooden Mouse Trap
1. Release the arm bar from the staple.
2. Move the arm bar to the back of the trap so it hangs over the back of the trap.
3. Apply a small amount of peanut butter, bacon, dry pet food or nuts to the yellow pedal on the trap as shown.
Be sure to use a Q-tip, toothpick or another tool to bait so your scent is not transferred onto the trap.
4. Pull the kill bar back and hold in place with your thumb.
5. Take the arm bar over the kill bar and latch the end of the arm bar under the yellow pedal.
6. Place the trap where you have seen signs of rodent activity or along the wall where rodents primarily travel. The end of the trap where the yellow pedal is baited should be placed flush against the wall.
7. After the rat is caught, properly dispose of the dead rodent. The trap can either be discarded or reused.
2. The Electric Rat Trap
This Electronic Rat Trap uses a high-voltage shock to kill rats quickly and humanely. It is very easy to use; simply bait, place, turn on and empty. The trap kills one rat per setting and can kill up to 50 rats per set of 4 “C” batteries (included). Disposal is easy, too – offering a no-touch, no-see experience.
Due to this traps covered tunnel design, these traps are safe to use around pets and children.
How To Set An Electic Rat Trap
1. Remove the battery cover. Insert 4 “C” batteries.
2. Replace the battery cover.
3. Bait the trap through the hole in the back wall using a small amount of peanut butter, bacon, dry pet food, nuts, etc. Be sure to use a Q-tip, toothpick or another tool to bait so your scent is not transferred onto the trap.
4. Place the trap where you have seen signs of rodent activity or along the wall where rodents primarily travel. The trap should be placed lengthwise against the wall with the entrance hole nearest the wall.
5. Turn on the trap – a green light will blink once showing the trap is working properly.
6. A blinking green light will indicate a kill. Dispose of the dead rodent, bait, reset and place for continued rodent control.
3. The Glue Trap
- Ready to Use
- Includes Hercules Putty™ fastener
- Safer to Use Around Children and Pets than other pesticides.
Glue traps are an excellent, simple and non-toxic method of Rat control, however for best results they must be placed properly. Always place your glue boards or glue trays along known travel paths of the Rats.
Rats are cautious to interact with new objects that are in their environment. Make sure to place your glue traps in areas where signs of mouse activity take place.
Rats like to travel along walls and baseboards so place your traps along these areas where evidence of mice such as fecal pellets or droppings are seen. When placing traps it is always best to lay them flat with the side along the wall.
- Powers Out Mice, Rats, Squirrels etc. with Repulsive Ultrasonic Sounds (sound above human hearing).
- Safe to use around cats, dogs, humans, children, and all household electronics. Repels by using specially designed dedicated sounds above the human hearing.
- No poison or Chemicals used to repel, 100% Safe and Green Earth Friendly.
7. DIY Natural Rat Repellents
1. First on the list is peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is known for being a good all natural Rat deterrent.
When it comes to using peppermint oil as a Rat deterrent, be sure to use 100% peppermint oil, as diluted oil will not be strong enough.
Simply soak some cotton balls with 5 drops of 100% peppermint oil each.
Note, peppermint oil could stain your floors, carpets, ledges etc. Be sure to use small plates, plastic yogurt lids or something that will contain excess oil leaking out from the cotton ball.
As for placement, Rats like to travel along walls and baseboards so place your cotton balls around those areas and where evidence of Rats such as fecal pellets or droppings are seen.
For best results, be sure to replace old with new cotton balls every 2 to 4 weeks.
Using peppermint oil in a spray bottle
Spraying peppermint oil around your doors or and other entrances once a week can discourage Rats before they come into your home for a visit.
For this method, you will need to place 10 drops of peppermint oil into a spray bottle with water.
2. Second On The List Of Natural Deterrents Is Organic Eco-Defense Spray Repellent
This spray safely repels Rats both in your home, around your house, or anywhere Rats are invading your property. It contains Blends of Essential Oils that Mice cannot stand to be around yet provides a pleasant smell to humans.
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