Whether you are confronting a present rat problem or are taking preventative measures with problems in mind, there are ways of approaching a rat infestation that can prove more beneficial than others. When it comes to setting rat traps, it is tempting to simply place them where you may have seen activity. Although you may have witnessed a rat flit across the living room, that doesn’t mean you should fortify just that particular space. This article will explore the ten most forgotten places to set a rat trap that may impact your ability to conquer a rat infestation in your home.
For some homeowners, it is easy to pretend that this part of the house doesn’t exist, especially if the attic is a largely unused storage space (though we have discussed how to maximize your attic to protect against this phenomenon). For this reason, attics are one of the most common places of residence for rats, which can find dark, secure spaces where they cannot be bothered. They especially thrive when they can nest beneath the insulation under the floor of an attic, which often results in damaging it.
2. Around Dark Lines on the Floor or Wall
Check your house carefully during a long-term rat infestation, and you may find some discolored lines along the floor, generally against walls. Rats tend to run the same paths along walls when traveling to avoid discovery, which gives rise to these discolored areas caused by the oil from their fur, droppings, and urine being rubbed along the area. During an infestation, it is imperative to scour your house not just for the nooks and crannies, but to also keep an eye for this unusual staining. Since rats are in the habit of running these same paths day-in and day-out, you would be doing a disservice to not place a couple of traps along the wall in these paths.
While the attic is an area of the house that could potentially be ignored, it is difficult to ignore the rat droppings you could find in drawers around your home. Rats do particularly enjoy empty drawers, and obviously may frequent drawers that contain food. Consider filling empty drawers by placing a few traps into the corners if you face a rat problem.
Like drawers, one might not initially consider protecting closets since they tend to be fairly busy areas of homes. Rats can still take refuge in the darker corners of closets and leave droppings on your shoes and clothing. Make sure to check for any holes or gaps that allow rats to get into the closet that you may otherwise miss due to everyday clutter, and place traps accordingly.
Vents are a common point of entry and hiding for rats, posing a pretty serious sanitary risk to your home. You can put traps outside the heating vents, but this may not be enough for some infestations.
If you suspect that rats might be using the ventilation systems to hide and move around, you should place traps inside the heating ducts along its interior walls. With this being said, remember to check these traps daily, if not even more frequently, to prevent the odor of a dead rat from permeating the house.
6. Utility Lines and Pipes
This is yet another common point of entry for rats. Rats can enter a building through a surprising number of ways, and points where vital resources enter a building can become common places where rats enter as well. Make sure to place traps at these potential points of entry, such as by sinks and toilets, and of course cover any gaps near those places that a rat could enter.
In many houses, attics are not the only crawlspaces in the home. Combating a rat infestation usually means becoming very familiar with the ins and outs of one’s property in a way that is unfamiliar. Pay attention to any holes or gaps you may see in walls and the ceiling, even if they seem small and insignificant. Most rodents can enter a house through a hole that is ¾ of an inch or less, so covering your grounds with a thorough inspection can do wonders. In fact, the smaller a crawlspace, the more likely a rat will see it as a safe hideout.
Outside Your Home:
All of these places, so far, cover the inside of your house, but there are ways to prevent rats from ever entering as well. Probably the most forgotten areas to set rat traps are located in the great outdoors adjacent to your house.
If you can prevent rats from entering your property in the first place, or even stop the rats that prey on the roofs and exterior areas of buildings (called “roof-rats,”), you are taking the extra step that most homeowners should take, but often overlook.
8. Tree Limbs
If you have tree limbs that extend across the roof of your house, you could be in danger of a roof-rat infestation. Roof-rats are excellent climbers, and can easily navigate a tree branch in order to access your roof and cause damage. You can buy traps made specifically tree use, and you can also minimize added damage by making sure tree limbs do not extend over your home.
9. Along Fences
Just as rats love to move along the walls inside houses, they also will run paths along fences, particularly with areas of heavy vegetation. Though you can’t see the discoloration that may be visible in the house, you can still set up traps in the gaped areas in a fence of particularly heavy vegetation. And just as you should cut back your trees, you may also find it helpful to prune your plants carefully so that the extra cover is not provided for the pests.
10. Under the Shed
The area beneath a shed, and the interior of one in general, can prove to be the ultimate crawlspace for rats and other rodents. You should lay traps in this shelter to prevent any crossover from the shed to the home, especially if you do not find yourself using your shed often. Remember to pay particular attention to this in the winter, when you are not visiting this space as often as you might be in the spring or summer.
If you want further information about roof rats, this article depicts how to control this particular threat, which can gnaw on important wiring, tear up insulation, and pose a danger to your nearby plants and vegetation.
You will save yourself a lot of grief and hassle in the long-term by making sure to place rat traps in these often-forgotten places. If you opt for traditional wooden traps, make sure that you are setting the snare correctly: many homeowners find that they do not get their wanted results because they have been setting the traps incorrectly the entire time.
This video explains how to thoroughly and properly set a traditional wooden rat trap. It is incredibly important to stay on top of the rodent activity in your home, even if it is an uneasy thought because rats can carry a whole host of diseases that could affect you, your family, and your pets. Don’t take the risk and set up the preventative measures today.