How to Determine Where to Set Bait Traps Around Your Home to Eradicate Norway and Roof Rats

Rats are starting to sneak into homes to escape freezing temperatures now that winter has finally arrived in full force across the northern sections of the U.S. One way to control rats is by using enclosed rat bait traps. These types of traps have openings that are too small for dogs and cats to get into, and are safer to use around the home than bait trays that are left out in the open. Your pet can easily ingest the bait from an open tray and become very sick. Here is how you can determine where to set the traps and what type of bait you should use to kill rats around your home.

Rat Types

Two types of rats are commonly found in the U.S.: the Norway rat and the roof rat. They both have their own unique behaviors which will determine how you set the traps to kill them. Here is how you can tell the difference between the two types of rats

  • Norway Rats: Norway rats are colored either brown or reddish brown with white bellies. They have small ears, fat bodies, and short tails.
  • Roof Rats: Roof rats can be colored black with gray stomachs, brown with gray streaks and gray bellies, and black with white bellies. They have a tail that is longer than their bodies and they have large ears. Roof rats move faster than Norway rats.

Both types of rats have bodies that are over twice the size of an average mouse.

Attracting Rats to Traps

Rats are naturally cautious and may avoid the traps if you don't put some kind of attractant inside the traps. Norway rats like to eat fish and meat. Roof rats like fruits and vegetables the best. Place the food type in the traps for the kind of rat you are trying to eradicate to get them to come into the trap and eat the bait.

Make sure you keep the traps where you can easily exchange the food material when it spoils. Spoiled food is not as enticing to rats as fresh food.

Setting the Traps

Enclosed traps should be set around the perimeter of your home. Look for rat droppings and marks in the snow to see where the rats are traveling and feeding.

If you are trying to eradicate Norway rats, put the traps in the back of shrubbery around the foundation of the home, by any wood piles you might have, and by any piles of rubbish. Traps inside the house should be placed in the basement since Norway rats like to stay close to the ground.

Roof rats like to climb, so you want to put the traps up in the shrubbery, on tree branches, and in areas of thick vegetation around your house. You should also place bait traps in the attic, false ceilings, and in cabinets in the kitchen and food storage areas.

If you find your efforts are ineffective or want a more guaranteed solution, consider calling a professional pest control service, such as Bug Busters.