Rats in My Backyard?

I started noticing rat feces on my pool deck and on my pool supply bin outside in my back yard. Then when I let my dogs outside one night, I seen a rat in the middle of my yard and it looked like it was eating a piece of my dogs feces. I am freaking out! Will they or can they come in my home?


If I clean up all my dogs feces and keep it picked up, will the rats go away?


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July 29, 20130 found this helpful
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Although I think cats are the answer to mouse control, I think you have to take stronger action for rats. Rats live where there is a good food supply and nice habitat. You have to figure out where those rats are living, and clean up that habitat so that they can't get in there.

Since you have dogs, I would not distribute poison about; I would call in an exterminator to help you get rid of the rats and to advise you on how to clean up your yard to eliminate rat habitat.


Bare in mind that if you are poisoning rats with cake mix and boric acid or soda or whatever, you will have dead rats holed up and rotting in odd places.

My friend had a dead rat in the wall of her home, and the smell almost caused them to move out, until they finally were able to get the rat out of the wall. And yes, rats can and will get into your house.

July 29, 20130 found this helpful
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First, you shouldn't have dog feces in your yard ever. So number one, clean dog poop then continue to clean it up every time dog goes out. don't wait! do it right away. Next see if a pest control company offers free consultations to see the extent of your rat problem.


If there is a fee, many waive the fee if you end up using their services. and yes, they can spread to your house so call now, then go right out and clean that yard poop! Good luck.

July 27, 20130 found this helpful

I would get some rat poison and find their holes where they live at and put it in there and cover it up with a piece of wood so the dogs can't get at it.

Also get some cats.

Blessings, Robyn


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July 28, 20130 found this helpful

You don't need cats to control rats. You can control rodents a lot of ways. For one thing, they have a one way digestive system and can't burp. Lay down some soda and they will drink and go away.


They also love cake mix, so mixing some boric acid in the powder and sprinkling it outside the perimeter where the dogs can't get it will help.


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