How to Set Traps to Eliminate Roof Rats

What You'll Need
Large mouse traps
Glue traps
Peanut butter
Latex gloves
Protective mask
Ladder (optional)
Flashlight (optional)
Wire mesh
Staple gun

Normal rats are a difficult infestation to spot as well as to catch, but roof rats are harder still. They gain entrance to your home from the outside. They love to climb and will be found on your roof, in attics and in crawl spaces. This alone makes them more difficult to spot as they love the dark and generally only move during the night. Like squirrels, roof rats eat nuts and seeds, but they will also eat meat as well as any other food found in your home. Roof rats will flourish during the summer and also in warm areas. This article will teach you how to get rid of this pesky and tenacious species of rat.

Step 1 - Seal Access Points

Rats are notorious for coming back inside the home once you have them removed. They will constantly breed and then infest the home once again. To stop this from occurring you need to seal off potential spaces that they can access. Start around the foundation of the home and basement windows. Take special care to check where wires and pipes enter the home. Seal these areas off with pieces of wire mesh.

Step 2 - Placing the Rat Traps

Roof rats, like other species of rats and mice, follow along walls. They have very poor vision so they use the walls to guide them to the areas they inhabit. When they are scared is when they tend to scurry and branch off from the walls. This is where you will catch them. Go to the attic and place a rat trap every few feet with a glue traps between those. Rats have the ability to learn and retain information so they may start to get wise to your traps and will sometimes run around them. If they do then a glue trap will be in place to impede their progress.

Step 3 - Baiting the Traps

Rats possess a strong sense of smell and love nuts most. Peanuts are very pungent to rats and will attract them. For this reason you should use peanut butter to bait the traps. The best kind of peanut butter you can get is all-natural peanut butter because it retains the natural peanut oil. When you purchase all-natural peanut butter you will notice that when you open the jar there is a thick layer of oil resting on top. This is what the rats really love.

Step 4 - Setting the Rat Traps

Glue traps are very easy to set and are not usually baited. They work on the premise that the rats will run along its path and get stuck. You simply peel off the protective paper and the trap is ready to go. Spring or pressure traps are trickier to set. Bait the trigger pad with the peanut butter first. You could use a pastry brush and brush the pad with the oil. Pull the snap bar back and secure with the clamp.