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How to Prevent Rats in Backyard

Having a rat infestation in your backyard can keep you from going outside and enjoying your property. Fortunately, there are ways that you can deter rats and prevent the destructive rodents from entering your backyard. 

Preventing Rats from Entering Your Backyard

Here are a few prevention tactics to help keep rats out of your backyard:

  1. Use Plants to Repel Rats

    Common rat repelling plants include mint, spearmint, pennyroyal, citronella, sagebrush, oregano, sage, rosemary, basil, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. You can also deter rats from your backyard by applying any of these scents to cotton balls and placing them in areas of high rat activity.

  2. Try Motion-activated Devices

    Rats are easily scared and will run away if they trigger motion-activated sprinklers, lights, or ultrasonic devices as they scurry across your backyard.

  3. Set Outdoor Rat Traps

    There are several different kinds of rat traps, each providing different levels of effectiveness at deterring and eliminating rat infestations.

    • Snap Rat Traps

      The most common and traditional way of catching rats, snap traps can be baited with cheese, peanut butter, or a hazelnut spread to attract and kill rats.

    • Rat Bait Boxes

      Bait boxes are good to use outside because nuisance rats will digest the poisoned bait from the box and die outdoors instead of inside your home.

    • Electric Rat Traps

      The most modern trap for rodents, electric traps use a bait to lure the rodents inside onto a metal plate that immediately electrocutes them

    • Live Catch Rat Traps

      This method traps the rats but keeps them alive, making it easy to relocate them

    • Glue Rat Traps

      Made with natural or synthetic glue, these traps are available in strips, boards, or trays. However, glue traps are the least humane rat removal approach because it may take several hours or days for the rodent to die.

Effective and Humane Methods to Prevent and Remove Rats

If your backyard rat infestation has become a growing problem, contact Critter Control® of Ft. Worth. Our rat removal professionals are experienced and equipped to effectively remove rats and other rodents from your Texas property using safe and efficient methods that include:

  1. Inspection

    Your property will be fully inspected to identify the location of the rats and how they got in.

  2. Exclusion

    Our trained professionals will create a removal plan to evict all unwanted pests from your property.

  3. Restoration

    Any damages that the rats have caused will be repaired and all contaminated areas will be sanitized.

  4. Prevention

    Any rat entry points will be sealed to keep nuisance rats from returning.

Your Local Rat Removal Professionals 

At Critter Control® of Ft. Worth, we pride ourselves in using eco-friendly and humane methods of removal when it comes to unwanted critters inside or outside of your home or workplace. If you are dealing with a rat infestation, know that we’re here to help with all your wildlife removal and prevention needs. Give us a call today at 817-222-1101 to schedule an inspection and receive a free rat removal estimate.

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