How to Get Rid of Rats in the Walls



How to Get Rid of Rats in the Wall - What is one word that strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners and business owners around the country? Rats! And well that it should. Rat infestations are not only difficult to curb, they raise a serious concern for human health and well-being. The mobile nature of rats and their ability to procreate quickly allows easy transport of diseases communicable to humans. Rabies—a very real threat—is often associated with small mammals in both urban and rural settings. Even if you are largely unconcerned with the disease factor surrounding these pesky rodents, the destruction and distraction they cause to a home or office warrant pest removal.

Time to pack up and move? Goodness no! While it is true that rats in the walls of a home are likely to chew through cables, ducts and supports, and rats in a restaurant kitchen are enough to nauseate even the toughest patron, many options exist to help eliminate a rat infestation before it becomes problematic.

Before you call a professional, it’s time to put on your detective hat. If you have seen one of the offending rodents, try to identify it. Knowing what species you are dealing with sometimes aids in detecting where they are entering the home or where their ideal nesting location might be. Sounds are often indicative of where rats choose to frequent. Household walls are favorite by-ways for these creatures, and you can often detect scratching and gnawing within certain areas of the home. Rats in the wall pose a serious concern because of the potential for damage to cables, electrical wires, heating elements, and ducts. While you may be able to see the unsightly entry hole gnawed into your drywall, you are not able to see the destruction going on behind your insulation.

Cleaning up any enticements for rats around the home or business will also help your cause. Rats are opportunistic creatures and will live near humans in order to consume food waste. Garbage should be contained in sealable bins and removed every few days to prevent the lure of odors. Unnecessary piles of debris around the home should be removed to eliminate possible nesting sites. Once the premise is clean, the hunt can begin.

The journey of getting a rat out of the wall begins with finding how the rat got inside in the first place. It is very important to locate the entry portal if you ever want your rat problem to go away. Rats are very ingenious when it comes to getting into structures, so it will help to arm yourself with a little knowledge about rat behavior. For example, active routes for these pests will be characterized by feces, urine stains, gnaw marks, and often greasy residue left from the hair coat.



You’ve located them, now it is time to buckle down and trap rats. Traps are available in all shapes and sizes, but remember: even though rats are pests and pose a significant health hazard, there is no reason to make them suffer unduly. Lethal traps exist that are designed to kill a rat quickly and efficiently. Live traps are also available, but pose some dilemmas of their own. A live rat must be removed from the immediate area completely. If you release the captured rat too close to the household the animal will come right back. Because of the impressive mental recall abilities of these rodents, it may be best to use a humane, lethal trap to remove rats. Place traps near acknowledged entry portals, passages, and nesting sites. Be sure to place the trap in an area children and pets cannot easily get to.

Now that you have learned how to remove rats from your walls and home, you have to learn the importance of cleaning up afterward. Aside from the sanitation risks of leaving rat urine and feces in a home or business, the scent emanating off these leftovers will eventually summon more rats to your location.

When all is said and done, if you still have rats and are at your wit’s end, call in a professional.

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I wrote this website to provide information on How to Get Rid of Rats in the Walls in the case that you have a rat problem and need to make an informed decision about what to do. If you have any questions you may email me, but I do know from experience that rat removal is not simple. If you need professional help solving your wildlife conflict, I recommend that you talk to a professional rat control expert in your town by clicking on my National Wildlife Control directory, which lists experts who I recommend in every USA city and town who can help you with your rat issue in the Walls.

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How to I get rats out of my house walls - If you mean walls, there are ways you can get rats out of them. There is no place in a home that is impossible to work around when it comes to rodent removal. Some areas are much more difficult than others, and some buildings are not as easily patrolled. Apartment buildings are one such structure that requires the assistance of a professional to remove rats. Rats in the walls of an apartment building will not be able to be removed by the individual tenants. In a home, however, rats can be managed with a little detective work. The rats may be in your walls some of the time, but chances are that the rodents are sneaking out through other places in the home. Look in the spaces that are not used by the humans in the building. Attics, crawlspaces, basements, and spare rooms are all areas that a rat may be utilizing. You will know a rat has been around if there are droppings or chew marks. Areas where these outward signs have been noticed are the areas where you want to set your traps. Traps should be baited and set in multiple locations. Snap traps are the most cost effective and efficient means to get the job done.

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