Saturday, August 22, 2020

How to Save While Fighting a Rat Infestation

Just the thought of dealing with a rat infestation is enough to turn many people’s stomachs. Once rats have a chance to get a foothold, though, the problem is unlikely to go away on its own. 

The good news is that there are ways to save money while fighting a rat infestation so that you don’t find yourself strapped for cash while trying to avoid nightmares about rats in your home.

Lay Your Own Traps

Due to their larger size, rats are much harder to catch than other pests such as mice or roaches. Fortunately, there are traps that are specifically designed for rats that you can place around your home. 

The downside to laying your own traps is that you will have to dispose of the dead rats yourself once the traps have been successful. If you have a strong stomach, though, this can be a great way to get rid of your rat problem quickly and inexpensively.

Find An Honest Pest Control Expert

If you want someone else to take care of your rat infestation, it’s important to do some homework to find an honest and experienced pest control contractor. A quality pest control expert will explain to you the extent of the problem and help you choose the best solution. This approach will help save you money and ensure that the problem is eradicated.

Work Quickly

Once you discover a rat infestation, it’s important to act quickly. The last thing you want is for one of the rats to reproduce while you delay action, which could leave you with an infestation that takes much longer to get rid of. 

Another word of warning is to act quickly if you lay your own traps. If you don’t remove the rat bodies quickly enough, you could attract scavengers that could also choose to set up shop in your home.

Inconvenience Yourself

In some cases, fighting a rat infestation is most cheaply done when you’re willing to inconvenience yourself. For example, if the infestation is centered on a frequently used room in your home, you’ll want to fight the temptation to use that room so that the traps and other eradication methods can do their work. 

If you aren’t willing to put a few parts of your life on hold, you may need to use a more complicated eradication method that is more expensive.

Stop It Before It Starts

Of course, the best and least expensive way to fight a rat infestation is to stop it before it starts. Taking simple steps like keeping your grass cut, closing your trash can, and ensuring all gaps in your foundation are plugged can go a long way toward preventing rats from entering your home and taking over. 

If these prevention efforts fail, though, rest assured that there are economical ways to fight the infestation that will help return your life to normal.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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