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The best way to keep spaces free of rats is to prevent rats from
finding shelter, water and food.
- Keep garbage cans tightly closed.
- Commercial dumpsters must be kept closed. Order additional
pick-ups if necessary.
- Store fire wood, building materials, and similar items 18
inches off the ground or on ratproof concrete.
- Eliminate debris in and around buildings and grounds.
- Donít keep piles of brush or leaves where they can hide.
Check your compost pile for rat holes.
- Trim weeds and brush and keep grass short (3 inches or less)
to minimize cover and food.
- Don't leave pet food out overnight.
- Eliminate water sources available to rats.
- Close outside doors tightly when not in use.
- Pick up after your dog; rats eat dog feces and will take it
to their nest to feed their young.
When the situation permits, poison provides the most
cost-effective approach to rat control. Select a poison with
ingredients that work in the particular situation. Correct bait
placement is crucial to effective baiting. Proper placement insures
rapid rat control and protects children, pets and non-target
Owners are responsible to contract for and / or provide
extermination where rat infestation occurs on private property.
In sensitive areas where you canít use poison, traps are
valuable. Traps also prevent rat deaths in inaccessible areas. The
more traps the better. Bait traps with gumdrops, peanut butter,
bacon, fish, nuts, meat or dried fruit. Store traps away from
insecticides and chemicals that may impart a flavor because rats
have a keen sense of taste.
- Rats are fearful of new objects in their territory. It will
take time for rats to accept traps in their environment.
- Place poison in areas not accessible to children and pets.
Bait stations add security for children and pets and protect the
bait from the weather.
- Rats groom themselves and each other about 20% of their
waking hours. Poison is ingested during this time.
- In areas where rats have been sighted, poison should be
placed every 15 to 30 feet.
- Rats fit through tiny openings and can gnaw through wood,
lead, aluminum, copper, cinder block and uncured concrete. Rats
can gnaw through openings as small as 1/2 inch. Patch openings
in walls larger than 3/8 inch using gnaw-proof materials, such
as steel sheeting, 1/4 inch hardware cloth, galvanized steel and
- Elite Pest Management
You can use pellets or bars. Try Just One Bite, Tomcat, or Real
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