Rats are an enormous problem for older homes, restaurants, and warehouses. Where you see one rat, you can generally assume there are two dozen more. Setting out bait and traps does not always get all the rats either. If you really want them gone, you will need an expert in rodent control services, or become the pied piper of rats. Here is how you can (almost) become the latter.
Set out Rotting Food as Bait
Rats are natural born scavengers. They will eat just about anything, but the rotting, sweet stuff is what they love best. Rotting fruit is the treat of choice, followed by rotten meat crawling with maggots. If the latter turns your stomach, go with the fruit.
- Bag some apples, melon rinds, etc., together in a bag and seal it.
- Wait for it to start growing mold.
- Take the bag of rotting fruit outside and open it. (It is going to smell awful, so be prepared!)
- Baste the rotting fruit in a generous helping of rat poison.
- Place the mess in a garbage can or dumpster a good distance from the house or building.
The rats will come running, eat the poisoned, rotting mess, and drop dead. If you find that your rats ignore the fruit, you may have to go with the rotting meat. (Sometimes rats are picky like that, but not always. Lucky you, you must have gotten the picky ones if they will not eat the rotting fruit!)
Rat Pheromones and Traps
The thought of rat pheromones probably makes you really queasy. That is understandable, considering how the pheromones are acquired. However, with the exception of a free, rotting meal, nothing draws a rat faster than the smell of other rats or rats in heat.
You can buy the pheromones and a trap, and dump the pheromones inside the trap itself. (Be sure to use gloves so that rats do not follow your "trail" back to the building or house!) Use more pheromones to create a trail from the trap to the place where the rats have been known to dine. They will eventually come out and follow the pheromone trail right to their deaths.
Expelling Rats by Sound
While the Pied Piper of the stories led rats away with flute music, the truth is that most music that humans can hear do not bother rats at all. You can send rats packing by using piercing sounds that only the rats can hear. you will need something that can play such sounds on a frequency only the rats can tune into. To get them to die in the process, you would have to expose the rats to a frequency that gets their ears to explode or builds pressure in their brains or bodies. It would take a lot of research via current scientific facts about rats, in which case, you may be better off with one of the above options, or a pest control expert.
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