Should you try it on your own?
People often ask us if they really need to hire rat exterminators or if they can just buy traps or poison and take care of a rat problem on their own. While you certainly can buy products to deal with a rat problem on your own, we recommend calling an exterminator, and here’s why. When dealing with pest control rats are tricky creatures. We recommend you rely on expert advice when attempting rat extermination.Now, you don’t have to pay rat exterminators to do all the work for you if you don’t want to. In fact, most will make a free home visit and offer you some free advice. If you prefer to do most of the work yourself, you can just follow the advice of the experts. You can pay a relatively small fee for ongoing consultation if you like. But because when dealing with pest control rats can be difficult, we do recommend you seek some expert advice.
Methods of Rat Extermination
There are several methods of rat extermination. The best method for you will depend on the scope of your problem, whether or not you have pets or small children at home (some methods are not safe for use around small children or pets), and your personal preferences.
Traps are probably the most common technique used for pest control rats involved. You can purchase traps yourself at hardware stores or lawn and garden stores, or you can purchase them from rat exterminators. You can place the traps yourself, or you can have an exterminator come in and place the traps for you. There are several types of traps from which you can choose. There are the traditional snap traps, which kill rats instantly. There are live traps, which seal rats unharmed inside until you release them elsewhere. There are also electric traps (these are battery operated) that electrocute rats when they step on them.
Rodent poison is also often used to kill rats in the home, but it has to be used carefully. It’s not safe to use around small children or pets. Also, a common problem with rat poison is that rats will ingest the poison, then crawl into the walls to die. Obviously, you don’t want dead rats rotting inside your walls. If you are interested in using poison to treat your rat problem, talk to an exterminator about the problem of rats dying in the walls and how it will be handled.
Ultrasonic pest control devices are another option, but they are not really very effective. These devices emit ultra-high frequency sound waves that are supposed to scare rodents away. Humans and other pets like cats and dogs can’t hear the sounds because they are too high-pitched. While rats can supposedly hear the noise, they don’t really seem that bothered by it, so this is not the best way to eliminate rats. We recommend you save your money and investigate other methods of pest control.
Pest Control Rats - Keeping Them Out
One of the problems that occurs when dealing with rats is that you can use traps or poison to rid your home of them, but they often just keep coming back. You should know that rats have collapsible skeletons and can sneak into your home through an opening just the size of a quarter. Professional rat exterminators can help you inspect your home to find out where the rats are coming in and help you seal your home to keep them out. This is part of what we mean when we say that when dealing with pest control rats are tricky, and why a professional exterminator can be so helpful.
Recommended Treatment ProviderWe recommend that you use a licensed professional for all rat problems. It is true that you can treat some pests in the home on your own, but for rats you’ll need a professional in order to get the job done right. You can follow this link to get a selection of prequalified local pest control companies that specialize in rats, and will give a free home evaluation and price quote.
Remember rats can cause a lot of damage and reproduce very quickly, so you need experienced rat exterminators to get the job done right the first time.