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. 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.
How to control rats from creating another infestation
After all this hard work, you might still need to take some more action to prevent the rats from coming back:
Seal all the entry points to your house. From your walls, floors, and ceilings to the gas pipes and drains in the kitchen and bathrooms – make sure to block all the holes. They do not have to be large, since rats are able to squeeze their body through the smallest of gaps. Places that are often forgotten are door and window frames, so make sure to check these as well!
Do not keep food outside on the counter, seal all food packets and wipe away crumbs. That’s the best tip on how to get rid of mice from the get go. Put all the food in hard containers of glass or thick plastic to keep the rats from getting to the food. After that, clean the counters to make sure they are no crumbs – do not leave anything behind for them to eat. Also make sure that they cannot get to the inside of the trash bucket by checking on the lid or the door and making sure they are emptied everyday.
Keep the outside of your home clean at all times. Since mice and rats do not like open spaces, but love crawling into nooks and crannies, it is best to keep the outside as clean as possible!
By following all these steps, your home will remain clean and you’ll never have to worry about how to catch a rat again. Make sure that your home is only your home, not the rodent’s.