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Question DetailsAsked on 10/1/2011

how to get rid of brown rats

rats in laundry room,attic,crawlspace,walls?

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Sounds like a possible Roof Rat infestation. You want to try and trap as many as you can at first. If you start with off with rodenticides, you run the risk of having a lot of thr rodents die in wall voids. This can lead to big problems with odors and bacteria.

Removing food sources will speed up the process as the traps wont have to compete with other sources.

Trap as many as you can and then block the holes to prevent more rats from entering the structure.

Good Luck!

Answered 9 years ago by Dr. Bug


As a 35 year veteran of the pest controlbusiness I recomend finding a reputableserviceprovider from Angie’s list to do an inspection to determine which type ofrats you have. Then come up with atreatment plan. Which may include rodent proofing of entry points, exterior control and interior trapping and removal.


President,NaturZone Pest Control


Answered 8 years ago by NaturZone


I have had brown rats (Norway rats that typically live in the ground) in my home twice. Apparently, they were attracted by dog food I stored in my garage, which is in my basement. The rascals were coming up to the first floor at night and digging in potted plants. They also "dug" holes in brand new carpet.

St. LouisCounty used to have a vector control department that was quite instrumental in helping us catch the rats and provided education on the subject. We followed their instructions.

First, we tried live traps (provided by St. LouisCounty) but because the rats had hauled plenty of dog food into their hiding places, they were not interested in the recommended bait (apple cores, peanut butter, etc.) The same issue applied to snap traps.

WHAT WORKED: Large, rat-sized glue pads (sold at home improvement centers and some discount stores) placed to COVER the area where they were coming under the basement door into the kitchen. If you do not know where they are traveling at night or cannot cover an area with pads, perhaps try a SMALL piece of bait in the middle of a large glue pad.

DRAWBACK: If successful, you have a live rat stuck to a big glue pad. We did not know what to do with it but finally decided to put water in an outdoor trashcan and drop the varmint and glue pad into the water. Sounds cruel, I know, but we could not think of any solution any more humane as the animal could not be extracted from the glue pad.


1) Dog food, birdseed, any seed, anything a critter might eat, MUST be stored in METAL (best) or heavy plastic containers.

2) Kids and parents need to remember to close the garage door when finished playing in the back yard!!!

Now my children are away at college and mom remembers to close the garage door. :)

Answered 5 years ago by LITZIE

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