Rats thrive in urban environments thanks to the abundance of hiding places and trash. The three most rat filled cities in America are Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C., from most to least ratty. Of course, virtually any home can become overtaken by rats, which are surprisingly difficult to get rid of without the help of a professional rodent removal specialist. Some homeowners attempt DIY methods, but most of them just don’t work. Here are just a few DIY rat removal methods that don’t work in keeping rats away.
Only eliminating some entry points.
A professional rodent removal service can help rid your home of pests efficiently, but if you’re attempting a DIY method, it won’t work unless you seal off every single entry point. Of course, there are usually countless entry points that aren’t visible to the untrained eye, so hiring a professional is always the best way to go.
Using only one kind of bait.
While it’s true that you can use almost any household snack food as bait for rats and other rodents, it’s generally advised to use a variety of snack foods for bait. This increases the combination of aromas that attract rodents to the traps and captures them. Without the proper amount and type of bait, you’ll likely be unsuccessful at removing each and every rat or other rodent from your property.
Placing mouse traps parallel to the walls.
Here’s another DIY mistake: placing mouse traps parallel to the walls. A professional rodent removal company will always advise against this, simply because it’s much more effective to keep the traps perpendicular to the walls. You should also make sure to keep the trigger section of each trap facing toward the baseboard for maximum effect. This helps to make sure the rodent will run into the bait directly as opposed to running across it and triggering it prematurely.
It’s estimated by the National Pest Management Association that without the pest control industry, rodents and bugs would destroy 50% of our food supply. That being said, it’s important for every property owner to take proper steps to eliminate any and all rodent infestations. For more information about animal removal or wildlife control companies, contact Legacy Rodent Control.