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Q: How can I get rid of rats in my attic? ( No Answer,   5 Comments )
Subject: How can I get rid of rats in my attic?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: buddycharlie-ga
List Price: $12.00
Posted: 25 Aug 2005 18:22 PDT
Expires: 27 Sep 2005 14:58 PDT
Question ID: 560587
I've been having quite a problem with rats and mice in my attic. I
have been using an exterminator for the past three years. They have
used "industrial strength" bait in my attic. I've been told that a rat
eats just one time and dies. Also, they have put two animal-protected
baits outside of my house. On August 8, they refilled (packed it full)
the bait.

Tonight I checked the attic and all of the bait is gone. If a rat is
killed after just one dose, how many rats must there be? In only two
weeks the outside two traps are nearly empty as well.

Just yesterday, at 4:30 pm I saw my dog chasing what I thought was a
squirrel but NO, it was a RAT. It crawled up under my vinyl siding.

Rather than getting rid of the rats, I feel as though I'm providing a
banquet for the rats. There is never a significant period of time when
my attic is rat-free.

I'm beside myself. What is the best way to get rid of these RATS? I've
heard of fox urine used as a repellent. Can this be used in the attic?
Is it a long term remedy? I'm desperate.

By the way, I do not feed birds or any other animals. I have not seen
any neighbors put out any bird food either.

What is the best thing to do to get rid of them? HELP!!!
There is no answer at this time.

The following answer was rejected by the asker (they received a refund for the question).
Subject: Re: How can I get rid of rats in my attic?
Answered By: nenna-ga on 25 Aug 2005 20:30 PDT
Rated:1 out of 5 stars
Good evening buddycharlie and thank you for your question!

Personally, I wouldn?t recommend poisoning rats because if the rat
eats the poison, then crawls back into the wall and dies, you have a
dead animal in a hard to reach place and the smell could become worse
than the rat problem itself.  According to, if you are
going to use a natural rodent poison, look for brands of rodent bait
made with vitamin D3. Rats and mice eating a small amount of this
vitamin suffer heart failure within days. There is no chance of
secondary poisoning of your pets even if they find and eat the dead

I would, however, recommend a trap commonly referred to as a ?snap
trap?.  These are the cheap traps you find at any hardware store. 
Simply bait it with pieces of apple, potato, raw bacon or with peanut
butter spread on a cotton ball (peanut butter seams to be the most
popular choice amongst rats.) Rats can smell the "human smell" and
will avoid the traps so always use gloves when handling the traps. 
Attach it firmly to the ground or solid place near where you have
found the droppings.  Attaching it to the ground keeps the rat from
dragging the trap away and dying elsewhere. Make sure the trap is safe
from people, children, pets or animals who could get hurt from it.

Rats tend to be aware of their environment and will be shy of new
things. If you place a trap, don't be surprised it there is no
activity for a few days. Some experts recommend baiting and placing a
trap but leaving it unset. The rat will be attracted to the bait and
will investigate. If contact with the trap does not result in a
negative experience, the rat will become bolder and eventually take
the bait.

Rats also tend to travel along edges, such as along baseboards. They
are less likely to cross a room than to run around the perimeter of
it. Therefore it is best to place the traps along the routes they
travel. To identify their paths, look for rodent droppings or dark
grimy markings where their fur rubs against walls and furniture.

Glue traps are also popular nowadays, however you may need to
experiment with types and size. Glue traps (or sticky traps) are
pieces of cardboard or wood coated with very sticky glue. When rodents
are trapped there, their fur, legs, and muscles become stuck to the
board, and they usually suffocate to death.

Once you have killed the rat, wrap it in newspaper, or placed in a
plastic bag before putting it in a tightly covered garbage can.
Injured or sick rats must be killed, then wrapped and put in the
garbage can. Try not to touch the dead rat.

Cats, dogs, and ferrets can be used to control a home infestation.
Cats will instinctively attack rodents.

If you are looking at a more humane way to get rid of the rats, I
would suggest a trap called the 'tin cat'. It is a box made of
galvanized steel and has a little one-way door at one end. Put a piece
of food in it to attract the rats.  They will enter it but not be able
to escape.   It is recommended that you release the rat a few miles
away from your house.

This is what a tin cat looks like:
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Some tips for keeping the rats away from your house:

Clean up any spilt food or substance pest might consider as food and
store food in airtight resealable containers.

Make sure you don?t have any plumbing leaks. Look under sinks and
around toilets.  Also, check for sweating pipes that may be providing
a water supply to the pest.  These sweating pipes may need to be

Plug up any hole or crack you find where a pest can inter your home. 
Make sure doors and windows seal.  Additionally, rats can get into
your house from tree branches that hang over the roof. Keep trees cut
back and cover any openings in the eves.

Birdhouses and seed should be on poles and in trays rats can't get.

Keep garbage can lids closed tightly.

Keep yards and alleys clean. 

Pick up fruit and vegetables in your yard.

Do not compost any animal products (fish, meat, chicken, cheese,
butter). Keep lids tight.

Do not leave your pet food outside. If your pet doesn't eat it, the rats will.

I hope this answers your question.  If you would like clarification
before rating my answer, please do not hesitate to ask!

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Clarification of Answer by nenna-ga on 27 Aug 2005 19:20 PDT
buddycharlie - You asked the best way to get rid of the rats, short of
already trying an exterminator, who you felt was just feeding the
rats.  I gave you the three most popular ways - according to any
website you read. I wish you would have asked me for clarification
before rating my answer so low.  I certainly would have dug deeper
into this had you specified a need for different or additional


Reason this answer was rejected by buddycharlie-ga:
The reason I want the refund is that the researcher did not really find
new information when I asked how to rid my attic of rats. I was given an
opinion plus some common sense information like don't keep pet food out
because rats would be attracted to it. I expected a researched answer and
didn't get it.

This is my first question and based on the response, probably my last.

Thank you.
Ken Harhai
buddycharlie-ga rated this answer:1 out of 5 stars
Much of the information is commonly known, common sense information.
There was no new information. It simply isn't helpful.

Subject: Re: How can I get rid of rats in my attic?
From: pinkfreud-ga on 25 Aug 2005 18:27 PDT
Some of this info about squirrels in an attic might be of interest:
Subject: Re: How can I get rid of rats in my attic?
From: typeusernamehere-ga on 25 Aug 2005 18:47 PDT
This article may help you out...
Subject: Re: How can I get rid of rats in my attic?
From: badabing-ga on 25 Aug 2005 21:13 PDT
gosh, mister, it sounds like you need the de-luxe ratzapper battle
station system shown here:

if that doesn?t work, I?d dig a really big moat around your house.


my sympathies,
Subject: Re: How can I get rid of rats in my attic?
From: joedoaks40-ga on 23 Sep 2005 22:49 PDT
Wow!! All that info. & U give him such a low rateing ?? What more
could you have ask for??
Subject: Re: How can I get rid of rats in my attic?
From: nenna-ga on 24 Sep 2005 10:50 PDT

Actually, I'm a SHE, but thanks anyway :)


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