Rat Control Methods and Useful Information

Alert! Effective New Rat Trapping Tip - 

Bait Cage has experimented with various methods of encouraging rats to stop and feed at the traps. Using night vision cameras, we looked at locations and shelters where traps were placed and observed various degrees of rat comfort levels. We noticed that rats do not necessarily like to feed where they shelter, with baited traps right next to rat nests that were ignored. We found that rats do not like entering a small hole unless it expands into a large space with several different exits. A small box or similar was ignored. We also observed that rats move very quickly when...

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Rattiest Cities in the US - 

Rat and Rodent Infestations are the problem. Bait Cage is part of the solution. The Bait Cage Kit for Rat Traps has been successfully used in cities all around the world to help eliminate rat infestations. Bait Cage used with snap traps can eliminate brown rats, or Norway rats, that are generally city dwellers and live in underground urban areas. Brown rats can be very aggressive and quickly spread disease in dense city populations. Bait Cage with snap traps is also highly effective at getting rid of black rats, or roof rats, that stay above ground, next and breed in...

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Rat Nesting Habits - 

Invasive rats are excellent survivalists and very deliberate when it comes to building their nests. Norway rats, also known as Sewer or Brown rats, are generally city dwellers who make their nests at ground level, in tunnels, burrows, basements, wood piles, under concrete slabs, etc. Roof rats, also known as House or Black rats, live above ground and build their nests in trees, shrubs, along roof lines, inside attics, etc. Both types of rats will nest within a couple of hundred feet of food and water sources. The best ways to prevent a rat infestation is to block off or remove...

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Rat Trap Bait - 

A very good question as evidenced by the thousands of articles and opinions that appear during an internet search. Before we give you the answer, we need to clarify a couple of things when it comes to getting rid of invasive rats. First, we do NOT support the use of poisons or rodenticides- even the "humane" ones which really don't exist. These do lasting damage to friendly species such as owls and bobcats that ingest poisoned rodents. Second, we classify "invasive rats" as exclusively brown rats (Norway rats) and black rats (roof rats) both of which originated in China. We...

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How to Get Rid of Rats - 

You've heard the noises in the walls and attic at night. Damage to the garden, feces in the BBQ, wires chewed through, food ruined...it can't go on any longer! You make a decision to do something about the invasive roof rats or Norway rats that are taking over your life. What is the first step? We're going to list 4 effective steps that YOU can take RIGHT NOW to get control and keep rats out of your space. 1. Identify entry points and any access to food the rodents may have.  Keep in mind a large rat can squeeze through...

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Sticky Glue Traps - 

There are so many options available in the consumer marketplace for rodent and pest control.  For those of us that chose not to use poisons, bait blocks, or rodenticide granules (see January 2021 blog post about this) then glue traps can seem like a good option.  But do they work and are they a good solution for rat control? Glue traps, also called glue boards, are constructed of a rigid plastic or coated paper tray filled with extremely sticky substance, almost a tar-like consistency.  They are inexpensive, made by multiple manufacturers, and readily available.  Some are scented with peanut butter...

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Rodenticides and Poisons - 

Invasive rat and rodent control efforts have been in existence for hundreds of years. One method of rodent control that continues to be immensely popular is the use of poison, also referred to as rodenticide. But is the use of rodenticide as simple, safe, and effective as advertised? First, let us look at some of the science behind rodent poisons. Rodenticides, or "baits" as they may be commercially referenced, come in a variety of shapes and sizes from large blocks to small granules Rodenticides require ingestion by the target pest, such as rat or mouse, and some second-generation poisons require...

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Rats and Fruit Trees - 

Perhaps you've seen this in your garden or orchard.  A beautiful citrus tree, luscious fruit ripening, just waiting to be picked.  Then you look closer and find that the fruit is damaged, ripped open and cored out.  Completely empty shells still hanging on the tree and damaged fruit laying all over the ground.  Or one day you see ripening fruit and the next day there is only a seed hanging from the branch where the fruit once was.  Disappointed, angry, helpless you wonder what could have caused this.  Believe it or not, this is the work of the rat.  Roof...

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