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Your video about determining what rodent is in the attic was the best ever, thank you. Sadly, I have rats as indicated by the droppings. I think I’ve found the 2″ hole they use and my question is, how many times does a rat need to leave the property to get food/water? Will there ALWAYS be droppings next to the hole under the eves? Dang, the local pest control companies don’t deal with attic problems here, so its up to me. Thanks so much.

There will most likely be droppings appearing over and over as long as rodents are using the area. As for what to do? Right now, I recommend reading through our RAT CONTROL ARTICLE where you’ll learn various control methods. In the article you’ll learn the best method to control this pest is to live trap them out. Based on the fact that you know where their entrance hole is located and you see plenty of droppings, it should be easy to catch them.

Just set out one of our LT5518RD LIVE TRAPS at this spot baited with some PECAN PASTE and you should catch them quickly. And if you have a pet or bird seed, be sure to add some to the set as this will no doubt get them to enter that much faster.

Now every time you catch one you should then remove all their droppings and reset the trap. Once you get to the point where there are no new droppings appearing and no rat in the trap for two weeks or more, you can proceed to sanitize the attic, the outside area around the entrance hole and then lastly, proceed with doing some exclusion by sealing up the hole.

To sanitize the hole, you’ll want to spray down the area with NNZ we discuss in the article. By neutralizing their scent, you’re insuring more won’t find their way inside so this is very important and needs to be done.

As for how often do they leave and forage? Usually every evening/night. But as our article explains, females return daily too. Males, on the other hand, will many times use many nest locations and only return every few days to your home so don’t expect consistent activity and then be led to think they’re gone. In fact this is why you need to wait at least 2 weeks before sealing up any holes.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Live Trap: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/live-trap-5-x-5-x-18

Pecan Paste: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/pecan-paste

NNz:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/nnz-64-oz

Rat Article: http://www.roof-rat-control.com/rat-control

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Rats will readily move into attics, basements, wall voids and any place where they find shelter and a good meal. Pet food, bird seed and vegetable gardens can all attract rats to any house. And once they find a good place to feed, it won’t be long till they move inside. If you’ve got rats in the attic, on your deck or suspect they’re…. READ MORE ON ROOF RAT CONTROL

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Hello,

I may have dead rats underneath the woodwork, underneath the walls in the house. What should I do and what product can I use? Will the smell go away? And is the smell of ammonia resemble dead rats ? Your help is greatly appreciated.

If you read through our RAT CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn that the use of a rodenticide in the home will many times lead to an animal dying somewhere inaccessible. But the general rule is anytime you have any kind of animal active in or around your home, there will be an increased risk of something like this happening. Fortunately there are some good products that can remove the smell.

For now read our article. As you’ll learn, removing the animal is always best. But if you’re not able to find it, you’ll have to treat with the NNZ we list in the article. You can spray it out over the area where you suspect the odor is located but if it’s a wall or ceiling void, you may need to use one of the FOAMERS to get good coverage.

Dead Rat Odor Article:  http://www.roof-rat-control.com/rat-control#dead_rat_odor

NNZ:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/nnz-64-oz

Foamer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foamers/solo-2-gal-foamer-w12-inj

Rat Control Article:  http://www.roof-rat-control.com/rat-control

 

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I found your info very useful.  I’m wondering, are cats helpful in scaring away rodents that are inside a house?

Great question! No doubt lots of people believe this to be the case. But is there any scientific research or testing to confirm or dispel this widespread urban legend? Not that we’re aware of. However, we’ve done a little research on our own… And the results may surprise you!

First, one would think cats to be natural “ratters”. It’s common for cats to kill, retrieve and drag around small animals like mice, birds, lizards, rats, chipmunks and squirrels. But do all cats display this behavior? That would be a definite no. And what % of cats do? Anyone’s guess. I think most don’t have the chance to show they’re capable of doing it and even the few that do aren’t nearly as effective as their owners would like to think.

Which leads me to my next point. Most people who have pets like a dog or cat that routinely retrieve small animals are quick to point out their animal does this all the time. In these situations it becomes clear their pet is sometimes finding animals in their domain. In other words, for house cats that don’t go outside, the rodents are clearly coming inside. And many times the cats are able to get their “prizes” several times a week. This leads us to believe the rodents are “co existing” with the predatory cat or dog. Seemingly they don’t care! And for pets that venture off their land to seek their prey; we have found many of these pet owners to have an ongoing active rodent problem! In other words, we have customers that come to us confused because their pet hunts small animals yet they know they have a rodent infestation and can’t understand how this could be.

All this mixed data leads us to believe that cats and dogs can and will hunt small animals. But once they became domesticated, this hunting behavior became something they didn’t need to use to live or survive. That means it will be “fleeting” at best and not done to the level needed to provide true rodent control or pest elimination. And since we’ve seen case after case of rodents co existing with both dogs and cats that either don’t care or do kill some of the unwanted small animals found in their domain, in neither case do the rats or mice active seem to care. In other words, the pet doesn’t seem to deter or frighten the rodent away. Which explains why more than 50% of our customers with rodent problems own pets! One would think the two might be directly related but I’m pretty sure the relationship is more of a related “interest”. And this interest seems to be food.

No doubt pet food (in all forms) is more of a rodent attractor than the pets are a rodent repeller. This we are 100% sure and base it upon 30+ years of data. As explained in our ROOF RAT CONTROL ARTICLE, pet food is very nutritious and will attract rodents from far away. So to answer your question, I’m 100% there are some cats that can “scare away rodents that are inside a house”. But do all cats scare rodents and are all cats even interested? No way. And are all rodents afraid of cats or other pets? Nope. In fact, it seems as though they are able to gauge whether they should be frightened or not and when they detect a pet that might pose a hazard to them, the rodent will many times avoid the pet but still use the structure to some degree for either food or shelter. So even “rodent hunting pets” – or at least pets that show this trait strong enough to alert rodents to the fact they could be in trouble for hanging around – aren’t able to keep rats or mice away for sure. In the end, this glaring fact means that if wish to keep your property and house rodent free, you’d best follow the guidelines and practices outlined in our rodent control article. Hope this answers your question!!

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I have pack rats eating my outdoor cushions.  Can this be used on fabric without problems?

Clearly rats like to chew things as explained in our RAT CONTROL ARTICLE. This is quite normal out in the wild but when they are allowed to exist in close proximity to a building, chances are high that the building itself or something around or inside the building will become a “chew” target. My guess is there must be something close by which is luring them in like bird seed, pet food or some other abundant food source. If rats are frequenting your yard for food, chewing and gnawing will be a problem.

To stop them from chewing something specific, give it a good dose of ROPEL SPRAY. This bad tasting agent will get them to stop and move on to something more palatable. And take the time to treat anything else close by you think they might target. Likely objects rats like to chew include house siding, small trees, automobiles, garden hoses and most any yard furniture.

Ultimately you might have to either restrict the amoun of food available in the area to help cut down on the rat activity. If this can’t be done, one of the trapping methods used to reduce the local population might be in order. Rats chewing furniture cushions isn’t nearly as bad compared to what can happen once they target house wiring and other sensitive objects.

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I think I have a rat in my attic. I can hear sounds at night and it seems like they might be gnawing at something. I’m afraid to go up there but I can’t afford any service company to come out. I don’t want to use any poison anyway and that’s all they want to so I guess I have to do something myself. What can I do?

First, review the online Rat Control article we have posted. We have a whole section on using live traps which are actually quite effective for rats. You will have to get up in the attic to set them up unless you know of some place in the living area they are visiting. If you have such a place, you can set out a trap there. Otherwise, the only way you’ll get control of this problem is to get some traps set up in the areas where they are most active and for now, that sounds like the attic.

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Hello,

In my rodent control experience, mice are easy to trap but rats don’t go into boxes.  Do you have success with rats going inside these plastic cages that electrocute them?

Second, how long does it take to electrocute them – is it a slow process?  Thank you so much.

First, we have had great success getting both rats and mice to enter the electrocution devices. One trick that can be used is to set some pet food or bird seed at the entry way without having the device activated. Leave it out this way till the target animals remove your offering. Place some more out but this time place it just inside the device. After they remove this next portion with the trap not activated, set out some more food with it still turned off but this time place the food all the way to the back of the box. We have found they will always enter. Once the food is taken this deep in the box, you can then set some more of the food out but this time do so with the electrocution device armed and ready for action.

Second, you can see our “simulated kill” video which shows in real time the entire process from start to finish.

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I’ve been hearing noise in my attic for the past two weeks and finally went up there to see what was happening. I found lots of black droppings all over and think its from a rat. What kind of rat can climb all the way up to my attic?

Most rats are good climbers. Roof rats in particular are very good and it’s most likely this is what you’ve got since they love attics. The best thing to do right now would be to start trapping them out as explained in our roof rat control article.  Just don’t start cleaning the area until you’ve got them removed and know for sure there isn’t any still up there! This way you’ll be able to keep them where they’ve been and in the end, be able to get control that much faster. If you disturb the area, you might end up moving them to some other location in the home that won’t be so easy to access. I suggest you review our online article for more details…