Roof rats are a smaller species of rodent that like to nest in residential attics, vents, and chimneys. Also known as citrus or black rats, they’re excellent climbers that can easily scale your gutters or nearby trees to access your roof and get inside. Fortunately, there are several ways to get rid of roof rats if they’ve infested your home.
Ways to Get Rid of Roof Rats
Snap traps are one of the most common methods of getting rid of roof rats. This non-toxic trap uses bait, such as dried fruit or nuts, to lure the rat into the trap. Snap traps can be reused multiple times and are easily disposable. However, there are some downsides to using snap traps.
Snap traps can only kill one rat at a time, meaning you’ll need multiple traps to effectively deal with your roof rat problem. The devices can also be dangerous to children and pets if left in open spaces. While snap traps are designed to kill a rat instantly, they can malfunction, causing the creature a slow, painful, and inhumane death.
Electronic traps are a newer DIY rat removal option that uses a high-voltage shock to trap and kill an invasive rat. The traps still require bait, but they are a safer, reusable option to use around your attic. Electronic traps are battery-powered and use indicator lights to notify you when they’ve trapped a rat. These traps only work indoors, however, so they won’t stop rats from entering your home.
Hiring professional rat removal services
Rat traps may temporarily solve your rat problem, but they are not effective at getting rid of roof rats long-term as they only help to eliminate the rats that venture outside of their nest, not the dozens more that could still be living inside your home. Without professional rat removal assistance, it’s nearly impossible to permanently evict roof rats. Fortunately, the experts at Animal Wildlife Trappers are here to help.
Safe and Effective Rat Removal Services to Get Rid of Roof Rats
The trained technicians at Animal Wildlife Trappers have the equipment and experience to provide you with high-quality rat control methods that will effectively take care of your roof rat problem. To schedule an appointment and receive a free rat removal estimate, call us today at 352-267-0546.