Rat Control Options
As with every suspected rodent, it all begins with an inspection. From there, a treatment plan is developed. At this point you will be provided with a plan of action. Cost for rat control includes initial service, trap placement, rat-proofing, exterior control, and subsequent followup visits.
Successful rodent removal through trapping requires expertise. You need to set a lot of traps with rats. 25 snap traps is a good starting point. Not many homeowners consider purchasing and setting this many traps! There are also times when you need to pre-bait traps. This involves baiting traps before setting them. You may need to do this for a week until they begin plucking off the bait. After they begin feeding you can start catching them.
Just like mice, Norway rats will run along walls at first. If you get to them soon enough, you can get a body kill. This involves setting an expanded trigger trap slightly outside of their sight path. As they pass by, their bodies trigger the traps. As a result, you get a body kill. This is one small example of the trapping techniques we deploy.
However enticing those poison blocks on the store shelves seem, consider this. Did you know that a mature rat can grow to about 8-12 ounces? A mature house mouse on the other hand is just over 0.5 ounces. Poisoning a mouse inside is different than a rat. Can you imagine if a month-old kitten died in your wall? It would probably smell, right? Think twice about using poisons inside for rats. Sometimes they can save you. Keep rodenticide usage limited as a last resort indoors. Trap first, use rodenticides only if necessary.
With that being said, you will be hard pressed to trap established rats outside. Tracking powder, exterior bait stations, and burrow baits are highly effective rodent control outside. Depending on your situation, exterior control may be warranted.
Cross your fingers all you need is a drain strainer. This is a simple fix. Open laundry drain basin drains account for many rat infestations. We sell 4″ cast iron drain strainers that fit perfectly over most open laundry drain basins. However, in many cases a plumber is recommended to assess rat access from the sewer system.
In Lakewood especially, front porches have brick walls, yet are open to rats. Inaccessible areas like these may require creating special access to seal the foundation walls. Remember that rats nest under porches and decks about as much as in the sewers. Outdoor populations are common when there are bird feeders, and tree nuts around.