Rodent Prevention and Abatement
What can you do to help prevent and address a rat problem in your neighborhood?
Learn about Rats
Find the Rats
Don't feed the Rats
Evict the Rats
Exterminate the Rats:
The best way to deal with rats on your property is to hire a licensed pest management professional (ask to see his/her Massachusetts License), who incorporates Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Practices.
Prevent the Rats:
Rats have a very sensitive nose, which they use to find food, but it can also be used to deter them. There are many chemical repellents, but while some of these can be effective, rats can learn to tolerate and resist them. But in your anti-rat campaign, everything helps. There are a lot of commercial options, as well as some home remedies:
Soak several cotton balls in whatever oil or chemical you’re using and tuck them in and around your garbage cans and other places you may expect to find rats.