How to Get Rid of Rats in the Basement



Rats like basements because they are quiet and peaceful, offering a safe area for the rodents to escape the predators that exist outside. Rats in a basement will chew on anything and everything. They will also leave trails of feces and urine to mark their passing. To get rid of rats in the basement, purchase some large, snap traps and bait them with peanut butter or marshmallows. Before you set out the traps, seal off any holes or openings that are allowing the rats access to your home. Until these areas are sealed, rats will continue to enter the home. Place the snap traps in the basement along walls and near grease marks. Rats will usually travel the same paths, often along walls or against other partitions, instinctually avoiding open spaces. Once the traps are set, monitor them daily to ensure they are working properly and that rats are removed as they are caught. It is very important to clean up after the rats once they have been eliminated from the home. Rat feces contain pheromones that attract other rats. Leaving the basement full of rat residue will only draw more rats inside.

I have rats in my basement crawl space Rats in the cellar crawl space will do damage to your home through chewing and elimination of waste. You should never ignore rats inside of your home. Aside from the damage to the building, rodents offer a significant health risk to the humans living in close proximity. The first trick to getting rid of rats is getting rid of the rat holes in the house. This may seem like it should be the last step in the process, but it is most definitely the first step. The rat holes need to be found and repaired or new rats will replace any animals that you manage to trap. Rats give off pheromones that attract other rats. Before effective trapping can be done, the old rats need to be sealed into the building. Crawl spaces are one of the most common places to find rats. You will need to enter the space to find the areas where the rats spend their time. Areas that have been heavily soiled will be where you want to set up snap traps. Snappers are the most commonly used traps and are endorsed by professionals. When snap traps are set in the places where rat marks have been noticed, the rate of capture is high. Since you sealed up your home first, you will know that the last rat you catch really is the last rat.

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I wrote this How to Get Rid of Rats in the Basement website to provide information on How to Get Rid of Rats in the Basement 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 Basement.

How to kill rats in your basement - Basements are prone to rats because of how easily foundations shift and crack. To kill rats in the basement, resist the urge to clean the area out. Doing this will only drive the rats into new areas of the home. First and foremost, go outside and close all of the cracks or openings that have let the rats inside. Until you do this, rats will come and go as they please. The rats will have no reason to investigate your traps, and new rats may move in during the process. When all has been repaired, look through the basement for areas where the rats have been active. You will likely see chewed areas, places with urine puddles, body oil markings, and droppings. Do not clean up what you find. Leave these areas alone with the addition of a baited snap trap. The rats left inside will eventually become hungry. The baited traps will be in areas where the rodents spend time, and the peanut butter on the trigger will be too much to resist.

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