How to get rid of rats outside
If you have rats outside your home, it's only going to be a matter of time before they start to look a little
closely at your actual home. They'll be on the hunt for tiny little holes which they can tear open with their
sharp claws and teeth, or food that you leave lying around. If you see rats anywhere near your home, your home
is already under attack, and you need to do everything in your power to secure it again.
If the rats are in your garden, there is something there that is attracting them. The three things that seem to attract
these rodents the most, are food, water, and shelter. They are looking for a place to protect them from cold and rainy
weather, and also from predators. They are also looking for a nearby source of food, and also a source of clean water
for them to drink.
Now have a look around. Is your property providing any of these things? Do you have bowls of dog food on the porch? Do you have
a compost heap that isn’t properly secured? Have you neglected your outbuildings, leaving the wood to rot and leave great big
holes? In order to get rid of rats, you're going to need to fix all of these things. You're going to need to make sure you that
you are not leaving food lying around, and not giving the rats an easy entrance into your home.
If you have trees around your home, make sure they are trimmed back. A rat can jump about four feet, in both length and height, so
they will be using high-up tree branches to find their way into the roof. From there, they will break their way into your attic, and
then your crawl spaces, and then your wall cavities … It’ll be a disaster if they get in.
Make sure that piles of trash are cleared up. Clear them up and place them into appropriate metal trash cans that have lids. Don't leave
piles of wood logs, or rock piles. Don't have piles of anything. If it’s not a rat that sets up home there, it’ll be another wild animal.
Your garden / land is “out in the wild” for these critters.
Keep all food safely stored away. Don't leave pet food out. If you have a bird feeder, make sure it is protected and placed in such a
way that rats and squirrels can't get to it. The aim of the game is to take away everything that is attracting those rats to your home
in the first place.
We would always recommend setting some rat traps in your home, whether you have seen rat activity in there or not. If a rat is spotted on
the outside of your home, it’s already too close, and there’s a good chance that rat’s nest is in your home. It is now your mission to find
the hole (or holes) that the rat used to gain entrance, and then seal it with the appropriate strong material so that it can’t get back in.
The rat traps will kill any rats that are already in your building, although this is a process that can take some time, and also a little bit
of trial and error too.
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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