How to find and remove a dead rat
If you have used poison to kill the rat population in your home or commercial property, there's a good
chance the rat will die … after a few weeks. It really does take quite a while for the rat to die when
it has been poisoned, and this is because of the process that must take place in order for the poison
to work. Essentially, the blood vessels in the rat become damaged and leak blood, whilst at the same
time, anticoagulants in the poison stops the blood from clotting. After a while, the rat suffers with
severe internal bleeding and then eventually dies. Guess where it will have gone for this? Yes, that's
right - your home. It will often go right back to its nest when it feels unwell after ingesting poison,
and that's just what all animals do, including humans.
You will know whether or not the rat has died as a result of your poison, as you will more than likely find
that the poop of the rat will have started to turn the same colour of the poison you used. If the poison had
a blue tinge to it, for example, the poop will also have a slight blue or green tinge to it. The dye is actually
used in the poison for that particular reason - you'll know that your rat died at your hands, from
Of course, you will need to follow the trails of poop to find the rat. They literally go to the toilet as they are running
along, so eventually you might find this process works. The other way to find the dead rat is to use your nose, something
that will generally work after the rat has started to decompose. It will smell after a while, but that's a process that can
take weeks, particularly in the colder weather. In the warmer weather, on the other hand, things can be sped up, especially
if the rat has died in a really warm spot in your home.
Follow the bad smell in your home until you think you have found the room that provides the source of that smell. It will be stronger
the closer you are to it, but that might not help if the entire house stinks from top to bottom. If you have been doing the rat removal
job for a while, just like me, you expertise will come in handy at this stage, but if this is your first time, you might find that
"sniffing out the rat" could be a lot harder than you first may have thought.
There are other signs of a dead rat, of course, and these can lead you to the culprit. Flies are a big giveaway, and if you've spotted
maggots, there's a good chance you are close. For the most part, however, your nose will be your biggest help … unless you want to call
in the professionals.
Finding the dead rat is only half the battle, of course, because then you will need to actually get to it. Some rats will crawl into wall
cavities, at which stage you may need to cut out a small section of your wall in order to access the decomposing corpse. This is why we
would always recommend calling in someone who knows what they are doing - they will have a higher chance of cutting the right patch in the
wall, first time. We're sure your wife wouldn't be happy to come home to a wall filled with holes!
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.
If you have a problem with rats above your ceiling in your house, read my rats in the attic guide. The most important part of rat control is sealing shut entry holes into the building, but after
you've done that, you'll want to know how to kill rats humanely to complete the rat control job. If you need to hire professional help in your city, click on my directory of over
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