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How to get rid of rats

Having a rat infestation is one of the most feared pest problems. Once temperatures start to drop in the fall here in Central TN, rodent problems start to grow in prominence as mice and rats look to our homes for warmth and shelter. While the best choice changes depending on the infestation, here are the best ways to get rid of rats on your own:

  • Declutter to get rid of potential hiding places
  • Seal your trash and keep it far away from your home
  • Make sure your pipes and drains are clean
  • Set your own baits and traps
How to get rid of rats in Central TN; The Bug Man

Why Do Rats Want to Live in our homes?

During the winter when the weather is harsher, many different kinds of rodents look to our yards and buildings for shelter and food. Getting rid of these attractive features is the key to keeping rats out of your home or business. A good place to start is by decluttering to get rid of hiding places. Rats are more likely to nest in your home if they can find a source of sustenance in your garbage or kitchen, so sealing your food properly and taking out your trash often are two crucial measures to take to keep rats out. 

About Homemade Rat Traps

Conducting your own rodent removal is difficult because you have to be very careful not to expose yourself to rats directly. Rats in your home or business can potentially spread salmonella, hantavirus, and more dangerous diseases. To add, store-bought rodent traps based on the use of poison can expose people around you to harmful chemicals. We recommend that you try the bucket method for a DIY rat trap. Lean a ramp against a bucket with peanut butter inside near where you believe the rats are hiding. They should climb up the ramp, fall in the bucket trying to get to the peanut butter, and be unable to escape by crawling up the slippery walls. 

Getting Rid of Rats in Central TN

It can be quite hard to get rid of rats on your own. If you’re dealing with burrowing rats, unfortunately, many of the homemade rat traps you can read about online will fail to address your problem. If your DIY rat traps are failing you, it’s time to get help from your local professional rodent control specialists. At The Bug Man, our rodent removal team is backed by professional strategies and over 20 years of experience.

How to Get Rid of Rats in Central TN

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