Getting Rid of Rats Inside Your House

March 31, 2005

Getting Rid of RatsTo get rid of rats, leave out a dish of carbonated soda. Rats cannot expel gas.

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March 21, 2011

I have a real problem. There was construction in a wooded site near my home and now I seem to be infested with rats who have nested under a shed in my backyard. I have 2 little dogs and another medium sized dog. I don't want to use rat poison to get rid of them. I am fearful the dogs will get into it and be affected by the poison. Can anyone help with a way to rid my yard of these rodents. I would appreciate any help.

By Phyllis from Bay Shore, NY


March 21, 20111 found this helpful

Go to your local hardware store and get a couple humane traps. Once you catch the rats, you can drive them to the nearest woods and release them.

March 21, 20110 found this helpful

Hi there I use to work for the City OF CALGARY and we would use gofer bombs lite the end of the bomb and throw it into their hole and that should take care of the all.


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March 21, 20111 found this helpful

I will tell you what my dad would do (cause he has done it), let all your friends know you are on the look out for a black snake. Catch the black snake and put him under the shed. It won't bother the dogs, it will eat all the rats and when the food is gone he will leave to look for more food.


While he is down there he will eat any snakes that wander in too. Black snakes are nature's natural exterminators.

March 22, 20112 found this helpful

My grandmother used peppermint plants to keep rodents out of her farmhouse. I planted peppermint around our house -- no rodents. I would recommend buying the peppermint from a pharmacy used for cooking and flavoring, mixing it in a spray bottle and spraying it around the yard etc. It shouldn't bother dogs or cats.

March 23, 20110 found this helpful

We put moth balls under the house and any building we have on our property and scatter them around the yard. The outside buildings also get some put inside.


It deters even snakes from getting into our yard, no more bugs or mice in the house!

August 22, 20110 found this helpful

Go to a farm supply store and get some 'Ramik' bars. The rats will eat them and they will dehydrate and die. When you find them dead, they are flat as pancakes and don't blow up like they do with D'Con.

October 21, 20160 found this helpful

Coca-Cola classic they love it and will be gone in no time. Good for mice also.

June 4, 20170 found this helpful

Don't go there will end up leaving too

December 31, 20171 found this helpful

How do you do the coca cola classic? I have a 2 year old and a 1 month old and rats are inside my house and wanting to get rid of them for good. And fast.

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August 20, 2011

I need help getting rid of rats. Any suggestions?

By Darlene D. from Luling, TX


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August 20, 20110 found this helpful

Poison would be the first suggestion. You can buy some at the grocery store in pellets. The pellets are small enough they fit in tight spaces so you can spread them around efficiently.


The second suggestion would be a black snake. In my area we can let friends and family know we are looking for one and have one in a couple weeks. We put a snake under the house a couple years ago and our rodent problem quickly came to an end. We found the snake one day leaving from under the porch, caught him and put him in our barn. This only works if you have no concern for kittens though. Kittens are small enough a black snake will sometimes eat them as well.

You can always call an exterminator who will more than likely set traps and/or poison though out the area.

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August 22, 20111 found this helpful

You can also get rat poison in a solid block form. I do this because I have dogs. I put it out at night with wire fencing around it. The fencing has large enough openings for the rats to get through, but not my dogs' heads. ( I only do this because the dogs need out at night and I don't want to take any chances.) The rat poison is put out at night, picked up in the morning.


By using a block form, I know that no pellets or treated seeds are scattered where I might not see them but my dogs will. I also know that no birds will get ahold of it. The block is too heavy for the rats to carry it away, plus the fencing keeps it in place.

August 22, 20111 found this helpful

We caught a rat in our backyard using a humane trap. Have A Heart trap is the name. We also accidentally caught a squirrel and let it go. Once we had the rat, we let it run free about five miles from our house!

August 22, 20111 found this helpful

Rescue a Rat Terrier, these are fearsome little dogs and they love rats. One dog killed over 7,000 rats in a barn in England in an 8 hour day. They snap the rats neck and keep going. You should determine why you have rats invading you in the first place?


Dog food, garbage, chicken anything like that needs to be secured. Take away the food source and they will quit coming back. Good luck!


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August 23, 20110 found this helpful

In our area up here in Saskatchewan, we have a rat control officer/ pest control officer who will come and help you deal with the rat problem. They give advice on getting rid of them, and on clean up to avoid further infestations. I believe they provide the proper poison. If you have a rat infestation, I don't think you should be fooling around with humane traps. And if you don't know what you are doing with poison, it is not something to use. You may end up with a rotting rat in your house, and then you will have additional problems. Or you may end up poisoning pets and possibly, children. If you have a lot of rats, I think you should call in a professional.

April 16, 20190 found this helpful

Then it just becomes someone elses problem

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July 16, 2012

Will the peppermint oil work on rats as well as mice?

By Ramona C.


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July 17, 20121 found this helpful

I have seen on here before that Borax mixed with cake mix and sprinkled where they gather will work on mice. Their bodies and systems are almost alike. It's worth a try, right?

I found this on google and I like their options. Who knew you could get rid of rats with cat litter? Check them out for more.

Good luck. I just hate them myself, too!


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July 17, 20120 found this helpful

If you have rats, I think you should get an exterminator.

October 31, 20160 found this helpful

Rats and mice have very different metabolisms; what will kill a rat may not work for mice and vice versa. Also, rats cannot throw up and mice can.

For the next poster, borax is toxic to rats. They have to eat about 1/3 teaspoon for it to affect them. Boric acid, on the other hand, is NOT toxic to them.

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November 21, 2011

I would like to know if borax is used to kill rats? If not what do you all recommend?

By Linda M. from San Antonio, TX


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November 28, 20111 found this helpful

Borax can be used to kill ants. It is poisonous, but I am sure the rats won't eat it. I would call an exterminator; where there is one rat, there are usually dozens. You could try trapping it with rat traps; you can likely get these at a hardware store.

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April 21, 2013

Rats leave a scent so they know how to get back to where they find food. Can you use vinegar to kill off their trail scent?

By Marge

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October 8, 2012

Is there an effective way to kill our pack rats? I would prefer something homemade.

By Patricia from Odessa, TX

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March 21, 2011

I live in an old Victorian house. Now that it is getting cooler rats have become a problem. I have a big Pit Bull that is sweet to people, but hates cats, so the obvious solution is out.


October 22, 2009

Could someone help with advice on how to get rid of rats? A friend has rats that she cannot get rid of and now Mrs. Rat has had eight little baby rats!

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