Rat Extermination Tips

Rats are robust, sleek, and agile rodents with thin and long tails. They are found in almost every part of the world. There are more than 60 species of rats that have been discovered by the integrated taxonomic information system (ITIS). According to ITIS, rats come in every size. The most common type of the rats are brown rats, which are also called "house rats." as the name defines, these brown rats are mostly found in and around houses. Rats are highly adaptable to the environment and climate; that is why it is very easy for them to live and thrive anywhere and everywhere. 

They, habitually, can live on land or on trees. They can even live inside water as you all know; most of the rats come from sewerage pipes and holes. The majority of the rat's species are nocturnal, while some are awake during day and night both. They are omnivorous but likes to choose meat if they can get it easily.

There are so many humane to lethal methods to be employed if you want to get rid of them, but adopting preventive measures, rather than using venomous alternatives, is encouraged. As you might have heard, prevention is better than cure. We'll guide you on both the humane and lethal methods to get rid of rats.


The very first yet very vital step to getting rid of rats or any wild critter is to inspect your area of damage. Once you thoroughly analyze the area that is damaged by rats, it would be so easy for you to understand which method would be beneficial according to the situation. 


Secondly, you need to exclude them from your property using some deterrents. Exclusion is also a very important step to get rid of rats, as, after that, you will be certain that there are no more rats to annoy you further, so you can easily get to the next step to works 100%.


After making sure the above steps, you are required to maintain sanitation and hygiene to keep the rats at bay! Clean up all the mess and remove every trash, clutter, and junk from your yard, which, you think, would be providing them shelter or a place to hide in. 

Natural deterrents:

  • Predator urine
  • Peppermint oil
  • Castor oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Hot pepper/chili powder
  • Onions
  • Lavender and mint plants
  • Mothballs
  • Ammonia 

Lethal alternatives

Now, if you are annoyed and failed to exclude them from your place, after trying the above-mentioned techniques, it is the time to adopt lethal alternatives. 


You are advised to install a mousetrap if you think you are struggling in vain while using natural deterrents. Place mouse traps where you have found a trace of rats and also around the sewerage holes. Put these traps in your yard where you have observed any kind of damage.

Plaster of Paris

POP can be used as a rat poison. It converts into a moldable paste after it is mixed with water. Plaster of Paris works by dehydrating all the water from rats' stomach if consumed orally. This will result in their death.

Bonus tip!

Keep the lids of your trash and garbage cans tightly closed, because they get most of the food from this source.

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