Preventing Rat Infestation

Rats can be a serious problem for residents. The information provided here can help you identify, control, and eliminate them. These techniques can be used for the common house mouse too. Rats have a tremendous ability to adapt to their environment and quickly reproduce. Rats have been associated with jaundice, bubonic plague, and typhus and are responsible for more human illness and death than any other mammal. Rats can carry as many as 35 diseases that affect humans and livestock.

The Facts About Rats

(Source: Overland Park Kansas, Preventing Rat Infestation Manual.)

Signs that you may have a rat problem:

Gnawing
Chewed areas around doors, windows, utility lines and packaged goods, especially where food is kept.

Burrows
Holes and fresh diggings around foundations, under floors, sidewalks, platforms and ditches.

Droppings
Fresh droppings are a sure sign that you have a rat problem. Look behind objects, near walls, and in places seldom cleaned or disturbed.

Tracks
Tracks in dusty places. If not visible, dust flour along suspected runways and observe for a few days.

Smears
When rats travel, they rub against walls to find their way. Look for darkened areas along walls next to pipes, beams and openings where rats are suspected.

REMOVE WATER


REMOVE FOOD


REMOVE SHELTER