What if a rat got inside my house, bedroom, kitchen, etc.?

There are so many ways in which a rat can be able to get into your house. You may realize that you have an unwanted guest when night falls and you hear all those movements in the house without knowing who or what is causing them. Rats are nocturnal and if one got into your house, you will probably only realize it when they start looking for food in the night.

It is advisable that you don’t leave your doors open, especially if there is a rat problem in the area. However, regardless of how much you try, you might realize that a rat can still gain access into the home. It is always a good idea to do a thorough inspection of your house from time to time and identify areas that such rodents can be able to get in and cause so much trouble within. The threat is real because rats carry diseases and can cause so much damage once they are in your household.

If a rat gets into the house, bedroom, kitchen or any other part of the house for that matter, it is advisable that you do not panic. You might be able to see the rat feces in various parts of the house or even find clothes with some holes.

The first thing to do is to make sure that you keep all food sources in places that the rat cannot access. You should know that they are excellent climbers and they have an excellent sense of smell and they can locate food very easily. Take garbage out; keep food items locked away and pet food covered tightly.

When this is done and there is no other source of food, it is time to trap the rat. You can use a live trap or a snap trap depending on the rules in the locality. You need to set traps in areas where you know the rat will frequent, and most of the time that is the kitchen. You should always be sure that you use bait that will attract the rat to the trap in the first place. The bait needs to be appropriate. However, the trap is also important. If you don’t set it well, the rat may get the bait and get away without being caught. Therefore, choose a trap as carefully as you choose the bait for the plan to work.

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