How to Kill Rats

It goes without saying that rats in the home pose a serious problem. Not only do they carry harmful diseases, they can wreak havoc with your property, chewing through electric wiring, and leaving dangerous trails of faeces everywhere they go.


Unfortunately, it’s often the case that we don’t notice rat infestations until they’ve become large, as this is when obvious signs start to appear. Usually, this will be around times where temperatures drop, but don’t make the mistake of thinking rodents only seek shelter in the fall. If temperatures dip in August, for example, they may start seeking out a place to get warm as early as then.


The quickest, cleanest and most efficient way to eliminate rats at home is to kill them using bait, which when done properly will see a noticeable reduction in their population very quickly.


For best results, follow these steps:


  1. Choose your bait: For the safest, cleanest and most efficient way of tackling your rat problem, we’d recommend using d-CON® Corner Fit Bait Stations, which are designed specifically to get rid of rats without a mess. They’re also child-safe, so you don’t have to worry about your children getting into them, and they can be used either indoors or outdoors.
  2. Place your bait in affected areas: Place your bait stations evenly around the areas you’ve noticed rat activity and elsewhere around the home. Aim to put them in corners and along walls, spacing at around 6-12 foot intervals. It can be helpful to wear gloves when doing so, as rats may be deterred if they detect any human scent around the stations.
  3. Leave the bait to work: You should aim to leave the bait in place for a minimum of 15 days even if you’ve stopped seeing signs of rat activity before this. This will help to make sure all rats are targeted and killed. During that period, it’s a good idea to monitor the situation to see if the rats are taking to the bait. One good way of doing this is to put flour on the floor around the bait so you can look out for rodent footprints! Don’t worry if you don’t see much activity in the first couple of days, as rats are naturally cautious so may take a little while initially to enter the stations. If there are still signs of life after the 15 days, leave the bait out for longer until this has totally ceased.
  4. Keep an eye on things: Monitor the bait for signs that it’s being eaten. This should be obvious when you see a clear reduction in the bait or chew marks on it. If you don’t see any signs that it’s the rats that are eating it, try moving it to a different location. There may be a bit of trial and error involved here but so long as you’re evenly spacing the bait throughout your home it shouldn’t take long for the rats to sniff it out!


Using d-CON® bait stations as directed on the instructions means it’s safer to kill rats in the house than with many other poisons. This is because the active ingredient in our rat bait is Vitamin D3 which is harmless to humans, but which mice and rats can’t tolerate. Vitamin D3 can be harmful to some other animals though, depending on their species and size, so if you’ve got pets be sure to use one of our dog resistant bait stations.


Having rats in the home may be distressing but getting rid of them doesn’t have to be. For more tips and tricks on achieving a fully pest-free home, check out the rest of our site for useful articles and more handy instructions.