How To Get Rid of Rats in the Home

In this article, you’ll find out how to get rid of rats in the home. If you were looking to find out about mice instead, you can find more information in our how to get rid of mice article.


Nobody wants to discover they’ve got a rat living in or around their home but unfortunately these dreaded critters are relatively common – even in clean houses. If you find out that you’re dealing with a rat problem, it goes without saying you’ll need to act fast. We recommend using bait stations as the most efficient and speedy way of getting on top of the problem, which should show a significant reduction in rats in a very short space of time.


d-CON® rat bait stations are easy to use and extremely effective at eliminating infestations. And for family homes, we also have child-resistant bait stations so you can rest assured your little ones won’t be able to get into them. If you’re dealing with a particularly severe rat infestation, you may want to think about taking any children out of the home until it’s dealt with, though.


This is because you don’t want them coming into contact with harmful rat droppings or urine, rather than their being an issue with the bait stations. Whichever bait you use, be sure to leave it out for a minimum of 15 days to be absolutely sure all the rats are gone. If, after 15 days, you’re still seeing signs of rat activity, leave it out for longer until this completely ceases.


Once you’ve chosen your bait, read our top tips on how to control rats in the home, as well as how to get rats away from your house if you discover you’ve got a problem in your yard.


How to get rid of rats in your house

When you first discover you’ve got rats in your house, it can be hard to know what to do, but the important thing is to try not to panic. The problem is solvable and it’s not as difficult as you may think.


For best results, follow these steps:


  1. Set your bait: Set your bait around the home at 6-12-foot intervals, focusing on the areas you’ve seen rat droppings or where there’s other proof of rat activity. One key thing to remember about rats is that they can be reluctant to go into bait stations where they can’t see a clear exit. That’s why all our rat bait stations have highly visible entry and exit points, so rats are easily tempted to go into them. Finally, make sure you place the bait stations next to walls, always with the exit and entry points visible.
  2. Block all entryways: Scour the house for gaps, cracks and holes as these will be how the rats gained entry into your home in the first place. Seal them off as best as possible or, if your home is too large or has a lot of tricky to reach areas, get professional help in to do so.
  3. Wait for the rats to disappear: Rats are naturally cautious creatures, so they it may take a day or two for them to approach the bait stations. There are some easy tricks you can do to keep an eye on things though, including looking through the clear bait station door to see if there are any signs of the bait being eaten. You can also play detective by sprinkling some flour around the bait stations and watching out for rodent prints! Once you’re sure the rats have been eating the bait, you should notice a reduction in activity very quickly as they may start to die after just one dose.


How to get rid of rats in your garage

Garages provide the perfect home for rats due to being sheltered, warm and often unoccupied. And remember – rats love dark spaces to hide in, so garages that are filled with things like boxes, dryers, washing machines and old furniture provide an appealing hangout for them.


Follow the same three principles as above to get on top of the problem:


  1. Block all entryways: Look out for gaps under your garage door, or any other doors such as those that lead down to a basement or to utility room.
  2. Set your bait: Set your bait at 6-12 foot intervals around your garage, always placing it close to walls, and making sure that rats can clearly see its entry and exit points. If they can’t see them, they may not feel comfortable in entering the stations and trying the bait.
  3. Wait for the rats to disappear: You’ll know they’re gone when you stop seeing droppings or other tell-tale signs like chewed boxes and missing food. You can also try sprinkling flour around the bait station, which should show up any rodent prints if they’re been tempted to check it out!

How to get rid of rats in the attic

Roof rats are extremely common due to being excellent climbers. They usually occur in homes where there’s a lot of greenery and trees near the upper half of the house, as this gives rats access to the roof and then attic through various cracks and gaps.


To get rid of them:


  1. Block all entryways: Because the attic is a hard to reach place, and potential entryways are usually hidden up high in your home’s roofing, you may want to start by hiring a professional to help you seal off any gaps and cracks.
  2. Set your bait: Place your bait stations around the attic, focusing on areas where there are obvious signs of rat activity.
  3. Wait for the rats to disappear: It shouldn’t be long before you stop noticing those scratching sounds above that tell you you’ve got rats in the attic!

How to get rid of outdoor rats

If you find there are signs of rat activity around the exterior of your home, follow these steps to tackle the infestation:


  1. Clean the space: Get rid of any clutter that’s hanging around outside your house and make sure there’s absolutely no exposed garbage left out at any time. It’s also a good idea to keep your garden pruned; rats love hiding places so overgrown yard – and spaces that are full of clutter – are highly appealing to them.
  2. Set your bait: Make sure you’re using an outdoor-friendly bait station like our Refillable Corner Fit Bait Stations, and set it around your yard according to the instructions.
  3. Wait for the rats to disappear: Once they’ve eaten enough of the poison the rats will quickly diminish and eventually disappear altogether.


When you’re using bait stations outside, it’s important to make sure you secure them properly to prevent other animals from getting in and eating the bait.


To help control rats in your home and ensure they stay out of your home, you may need to take wider steps to pest-proof your property, especially if it’s old or run down.


Read our hub of information for what you need to know on getting rid of rats or how to help get rid of mice in the home.