If you have recently found tethered papers in your drawer, or heard scratching in the cabinets, your space probably has a rat! Besides the annoyance of having a rat in the house, it could also be bad for your health. Rats can chew their way through electric cables and spread serious diseases; hence it is important to know how to control rats.
Before the situation gets out of control, this problem should be solved immediately. So, we provide you with top tips on how to catch rats, plus helpful advice on how to control rats to prevent any future infestation and growth of their population.
How to catch a rat?
Different people often have different ways to trap a rat – however, some of these techniques are not very animal friendly or civilised. The instructions below will give you a humanitarian approach, which allows you to release the rat outside unharmed.
You will need:
- A cardboard tube; or make one simply by rolling a long sheet of paper
- Some bait (bread or roti)
- A large bucket
- Some vegetable oil
Steps to trap a rat using the items above:
Flatten the roll so that it can sit completely flat on a flat surface.
Put some bait at the end of the tube and place the tube on a higher surface like a table, with the bait at the end of the tube placed over the edge.
Put the large bucket below the bait side of the tube and pour a little bit of oil into the bucket.
Wait for the rat to run through the tube and fall into the bucket. Since the bucket is oily, the rat will not be able to get out.
Take the bucket and release the rat far away from the house, to make sure it does not return.
After dealing with the problem, it is time to thoroughly clean the kitchen.
Use a disinfectant or diluted bleach, like Domex, to clean all your kitchen surfaces, and any place that the mice or rats may have been to. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label.
After that, empty all the cupboards and wipe every surface and corner. Clean behind and under appliances, and lastly mop the floors well. Do not forget to wear protective clothing, like gloves, if you are dealing with bleach.
- Deal with any rodent problem immediately by setting up a mouse or rat trap.
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces after removing the rodent.