How to Get Rid of Rats in the Kitchen



Rats in the kitchen - Rats can be anywhere in a home depending on the building’s design, but they seem to like kitchens, because of the easy proximity to food. No matter where this area is located, rats will love to take advantage of the dark, quiet space. You will know immediately if there are rats in the crawlspace by the large droppings you will find upon investigation. Rats do not leave stool everywhere they go, but they will leave mounds of droppings in the areas where they spend the most time. Unlike people and other animals, rats do not have any issues with living in the midst of their own waste. In fact, these large rodents will use their urine and body oils as pheromones markers for other rats and for themselves. Rat evidence in the kitchen will not be well-concealed - they leave lots of droppings. To get rid of these rats, you will need to find where they are getting inside from outside, such as in the below photo. All nuisance animals come from nature, so somewhere there must be a hole that needs to be patched. Closing off this opening will ensure no new rats appear while you are eliminating the first ones. Purchase some snap traps from the store and set them below the stove, in the pantry, wherever rats are seen. Anywhere there are signs of frequent activity set up a trap.


The most common place for rats to enter the kitchen is through the power supply behind the stove. I kid you not! If you have rats in your kitchen, pull out the oven and look, and you'll probably see a rat-sized hole and some chewing where the wires for the oven go into the wall. Seal this area shut with a metal plate! Then you must still address the matter of rats in your walls and home!

Rats in the kitchen usually are also rats in the wall and rats in other areas of the home. Ceilings are nice places for rodents to absorb the heat from the rooms below but to remain un-harassed by people and pets. It may seem daunting to get rats out of the ceiling but the creatures need to come out on their own eventually. Before you tackle this issue, you have larger problem to take care of. Somewhere on your home there is a hole. This hole has let the rats inside and the damaged area must be repaired. If you ignore this first step your rat issue will never end. New rats will replace the old rats and continue to come and go as they please. Only when the hole is sealed can you begin trapping. Traps should be set in areas where you have found rat waste or markings. If the area in your ceiling is not accessible, check your attic or loft area for signs the rodents have been active there as well. If neither location is suitable for trapping, you will need to be creative and may need to open the area of your ceiling in strategic places. For homes with no immediate recourse, professional intervention is recommended.

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

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