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What other options do you know of, to exterminate Rats that are inside of the living area of the house. All entry points from which the Rats entered the structure, from the out side have been secured. I have already caught 1 rat inside of the house one under the house using snap traps equipped with the yellow plastic bait holder, another rat was caught on a glue board inside of the house, but managed to get away. I’m using peanut butter and bacon for bait.

If you review our RAT CONTROL article, you’ll see we list several other trapping options. Other points of interest in our article actually address the results you’ve had. In fact what you’ve experienced is pretty much what our article says one should expect when using either SNAP TRAPS or GLUE TRAPS.

With Snap Traps, if you don’t set 12-24 traps, there is a good chance the local population will learn to avoid them after seeing  other rats get killed. Same with Glue Traps. Since rats are strong and can escape their grip, rats will learn quickly to avoid the smell of glue once they see 1 of their kin caught.

At this point I suggest you get 2-3 LIVE TRAPS. As our article goes on to explain, rats won’t get afraid of these since they don’t kill anything. And if you place a lot of bird seed or pet food inside the trap so that rats which enter will think they’ve found a “pot of gold”, other rats will anxiously try to enter. With the single catch traps this won’t be an option but that’s okay. As soon as you remove the trapped rat and make a reset, any still in your home will eagerly enter the empty trap because they won’t learn to fear the device because it’s not hurting or killing them.

Of course, if you suspect you have a lot of rats still inside, get one of the REPEATER TRAPS since they can capture many at one time. As for bait; be sure to use what they’ve been feeding on as lure. I know it’s not been peanut butter and bacon; I’m betting it’s either pet food or bird seed. And if that’s true, use one of these as this is more of what they expect and love. Peanut butter and bacon isn’t on the normal menu for rats and when making trap sets, it’s best to offer what they can find close by or have been feeding on. When you introduce something “new”, it alarms them and many times they’ll avoid this odd food.

Lastly, the fact that you have already sealed up holes presents a whole new set of problems. First, as our article explains, you should always leave these in tact until you solve the problem and THEN seal them up. This is because rats like to go in and out of any structure. And when you know their entry points, you know where to trap. Now as soon as you seal those, you force the local population to find an alternate route. In this process they’ll no doubt find another pathway and this will be unbeknownst to you so that even after you get rid of the current problem, there will now be entry ways into your home you don’t know about. This is bad.

Hopefully there is only 1-2 rats left for you to trap and if that’s true, the amount of alternate pathways they make will be minimal. But as our article explains, rats use scent for their trails and once the population is removed, you need to clean up the inside and outside areas with some NNZ. By removing their odor and scent, you’ll greatly reduce the likelihood of new rats finding your home and coming inside. Scent can last 1-2 years with no problem and this is the main reason homes get infested over and over again with rats and mice. You must remove the smell that’s no doubt on your house if you don’t want future problems. Hope this helps!

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

Snap Traps:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/snap-snare-and-tunnel/rat-trap-expanded-trigger

Glue Traps:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/glue/rat-glue-board-paper-8-x-12

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

Repeating Live Trap: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/repeater3-5-x-3-5-x-24

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

 

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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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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!!