Rats? Get rid of them with these simple tips

Rats? Get rid of them with these simple tips
Posted on 08/10/2014

Cottonwood Heights Animal Control officers have received a number of calls lately concerning rats. Rats are a nuisance in every city, not just Cottonwood Heights. They will nest almost anywhere—under wood piles, shrubs, old appliances and cars—but always close to a food source.

So what can you do to keep rats at bay? Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Seal up holes in your home or outdoor shed to prevent entry by rodents. This includes areas around kitchen cabinets and appliances, inside closets, around doors and vents, and in attics and basements. Small holes can be sealed with steel wool surrounded by caulk. Large holes may require cement or metal sheeting. These supplies can be found at your local hardware store.
  • Trapping is the preferred method for killing rats around your home or yard. Wooden snap traps are effective and inexpensive and can be baited with a little bit of peanut butter. Poison should only be used outdoors in a bait station or bait box.
  • Clean up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites. Rats will eat anything, but they love dog food and bird seed. Use squirrel guards to limit access to bird feeders, and don’t leave pet food outside. Make sure to keep grills and outside cooking areas clean. Get rid of excess trash, bulk waste or old vehicles and elevate wood piles and garbage cans if possible. Trim shrubs and mow the lawn regularly.

For more detailed information on how to keep rats away, visit www.cdc.gov and look up “Rodent Control.” You can also contact animal control officers by calling 801-944-7100.