How to Get Rid of Rats
After you know for certain that you have rats in your home, you may want to just move out or burn your home down. While it can be a tedious process, there is a better way to get rid of rats and protect your home. The main steps of removing rats are to trap them, seal your home, and then clean up the mess.
When you seal up your home, you are performing an exclusion. This should be one of the very first things you do, as this keeps rats from getting into the home and also traps the rats inside - making them easier to trap. You will want to look over the home several times to ensure that you found any potential entry points, especially since they are able to fit into holes the size of quarters.
As you are sealing up the home, and then for a while afterwards as well, you can set traps for the rats. These traps should be set in the area where they are nesting. While you may not have many hits at first when the home is open, you may notice the number of catches increase. As they are no longer able to use their entry point to gain access to the outside to search for food, they will then be more drawn to the bait in the traps.
Finally, once your home is completely sealed and all activity has ceased, you are able to clean up the mess the rats left behind. This is known as the sanitation. You should wear gloves and a face mask to do this, as you will be up close and personal with rat waste. This is one of the most important steps in rat removal as removing the waste prevents bacteria from remaining in the home. You must remove and dispose of all feces, and then you can go over the area with a disinfectant. However, if the damage is significant you may have to seek out a professional to have your attic completely restored.