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There are many methods to eliminate rats, including traps, poisons and prevention efforts. However you might be wondering how long it will take to remove an infestation using these methods? Let’s find out.

How long does it take for rats to be eliminated?

Rat poison can be used to eliminate rats in three to seven days, while mechanical traps may take up to a few days or more to get the job done. The size of an infestation also plays a part, with larger infestations taking longer, and whether you choose to go with DIY or with a pro will also have an impact on the ETA. DIY control efforts will usually take longer, but they can help save you money.

How do I get rid of rats quickly?

Before we get into the best methods to get rid of rats from your home, it is important to make sure that your home has been rat-proofed to avoid a re-infestation. Why waste your time and money on poisons and traps, only for the rats to return when you’re done with the pest control process?

Rats are sneaky and flexible, making it possible for them to squeeze through the smallest gaps. You must ensure that you find and seal all entry points into the home. Try to look for these holes in exterior walls, near windows and doors, and around piping and wiring which enter the home. You also want to remove access to all food sources. Keep all your food in sealed containers, including pet food, and make sure that your garbage is kept inside lidded bins.

Using poisons

Brodifacoum, bromadiolone and diphacinone are all anticoagulants that can be mixed with baits to poison rats. These chemicals slow down the process of blood clotting within rodents, eventually leading to death from internal bleeding. Anticoagulants generally take three to six days to kill one rat.

There are also non-anticoagulant poisons for rodents, such as strychnine and bromethalin. These poisons are very toxic and can be fatal to both rodents and larger mammals, including humans and pets.

Using traps

You can also use rat traps to get an infestation under control. The traps can be baited with peanut butter or seeds. A trap will kill rats instantly, but traps take longer to completely remove an infestation, because not only will the rats need time to get used to the traps being in their environment before they approach them, you will also need to reset the traps every time they catch a rat.

If you would like to know more about rat control options, or if you would like to have a pro quickly get rid of the infestation for you, contact us today.