How to get a rat out of your bedroom
If you have a rat in our bedroom, the first thing you should do is NOT panic. Yes, rats are very
dangerous creatures, but the chances of this rat attacking you and "going for your throat" are slim.
This is usually a storyline reserved for horror movie plots.
There's a pretty good chance the rat will scamper away once it realizes you're in the room with it. They don't
need to stay and fight when they can run away super fast, and fit though a hole in the wall only a fraction bigger
than your wedding ring. One minute the rat will be there, and the next minute it will be gone. That's generally how it
goes with rats - they have a tendency to outsmart even the smartest of homeowners.
You'll probably lose the rat before you have a chance to do anything about it, is what we're saying. Unless you literally do
have the rat cornered, at which point you are going to want to protect yourself. When a rat is cornered, it will attack. It
probably won't go for your throat, but it will do what any wild animal would do when they were being cornered by a bigger
predator - they attack and then try to run away.
If you think you have the rat cornered in one room, we would highly recommend exiting that room, making sure the door is shut
behind you, and perhaps leaving a window marginally open. Stuff something underneath the door so that it can't escape in that
little gap and get into somewhere else in your home.
If you can, call the professionals. If you can't, get yourself a few tools handy (plus some rat traps) and get to work.
If the rat is still in the room when you return, it can't escape, or has chosen not to escape via the slightly open window. There
is a chance this is a female rat with her young still somewhere in the home. She's not going to want to abandon them and leave them
behind. They will be slightly easier to catch once you find them than their mother will be, of course, but it's still a problem you
will need to think about.
Enter the room, making sure you don't come in contact with the rat, and then lay a trap down, close to the wall. Peanut butter is a
great bait to start with. Leave it, but make sure you check it every now and again. If the rat is hungry, it will eventually go for
the peanut butter.
If the rat is not in your bedroom when you return, there is a way out for the rat and you need to find it. In fact, whatever the case
is, you'll need to find out how that rat got in, in the first place. You will need to seal that hole to make sure that this rat, and
other rats or wild critters, do not return.
If all else fails, just call in the professionals. They are trained for a job just like this, and they will often know where the rat holes
and entry points are likely to be, as well as the right materials and knowledge of materials to do a full repair job. At the very least,
they'll give you some free advice which may prove invaluable.
For more rat information, visit our rat removal tips page, or for more specific how-to instructions, read the how to get rid of rats page with 6 step-by-step instructions.
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