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How to Get Rid of Rats


Rats commonly intrude upon your home and make it their own. This is problematic, as they potentially bring with them disease. There are several steps you should take when approaching the problem of a rat infestation to protect yourself and your family, along with preventing rats from gaining ingress in the future.

Identify Their Hideout

The first thing to do when signs of infestation make themselves clear is to identify and isolate. If you can catch a rat invasion early on, you have a better chance at preventing them from spreading around your house. Seal all openings that lead into your home greater than a half inch wide as this is all rats need to enter. If you are sure that there is a rat in a certain room, keep that room quarantined so it cannot escape.


You need to properly remove any rats from your home, and there are a few ways you can go about doing that to ensure effective results.

  • Traps – When attempting to remove a rat, a great option is to trap them. If the rat population is small, traps are perfect and allow you the benefit of knowing when the job is done by leaving the body for you to collect for easy disposal.
  • Rodenticide – While some rodenticide options are lethal after one dose, increasing your chances of catching the rats. A problem with poisons is that the rat can wander off before dying, leaving you to search for a body as it decomposes in your home. Rodenticides are also hazardous which poses a threat to pets and small children. These poisons should only ever be handled by professionals.

Let Professionals Deal with It

While most rodent control options can be picked up at the store, they are no substitute for the years of experience held by a professional. At Critter Control® of Sarasota, we have the knowledge and expertise to handle your rodent problem thoroughly beyond quick fixes and ensure that you never face such circumstances again. For more information call us at 941-355-9511 for a fast estimate today.