How to Trap or Kill a Rat in My House

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If you have a rat in your house, you know the feeling of being invaded. Rats can be dangerous because they can bite and carry diseases. You or a family member can become infected with disease even if you do not come into physical contact with the rat. The rat feces causes exposure to disease by just being in the home. You can use traps or bait stations to trap or kill a rat; either is effective.

Things You'll Need

  • Spring loaded or sticky traps
  • Bait stations
  • Peanut butter
  • Locate the area of the home where you see the most rat droppings. Placing the traps in this location will give you the best chance of trapping the rat.

  • Bait the traps with peanut butter. Rats are attracted to peanut butter, and it does not spoil as quickly as cheese. You can use a traditional spring-loaded trap or the more modern sticky trap, which secures the rat without killing it instantly. Bait stations are already baited and need no additional bait. With a bait station, the rat takes the poison back to the nest and infects the other rats. You will know a bait station is working when you find no more droppings.

  • Place the traps in the location where the droppings were located. Place the traps against a wall so there is more chance that the rat will get stuck or spring the trap.

  • Check the traps daily. Once you have caught a rat, keep setting traps for several days in case there are more.

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