Discovering rats at your bird feeders is traumatic! I know, I looked out one day to enjoy my birds and ...
I could not believe what I was seeing. We had lived there for many years and never had rats before.
I know how you are feeling.
Overwhelmed? Disgusted? Stressed?
All the help you need is right here!
Do you know what you need, to win rodent control of rats?
War! Go to war!
Your goal should be nothing less than, flat out, no rats! Wipe them out!
And in order to win the war, you have to have a strategic plan:
First, know your enemy!
And you have to win this battle because…
1. Rats carry disease and you do not want to make your birds sick, or your family and You!
2. They will eat all your bird seed.
3. If they are at your bird feeders, Your home could be next!
Here is a crash course on what you need to know to conduct effective rodent control of rats.
It is important to know a few facts about rat behaviour, to have good rodent control of rats. Understanding why they do what they do will assist you in executing an effective remedy.
1. When rats find a new food they are not familiar with, they will take a tiny amount to test it out the first time. This way they can avoid items which are indigestible. Knowing this will help you to bait a trap for success.
2. They mostly hunt for food at night.
3. There are two common types of rats in North America, Norway rats, also named brown rats and roof rats, also named black rats.
4. A pair of Norway rats can rear 2000 young in one year!
5. A rat can tread water for 3 days, so flushing them down the toilet, will not get rid of them!
6. Rats can fall 50 feet and not hurt themselves.
7. Rats are creatures of habit and will follow the same pathways, over and over.
That's why its key, to get that rodent control of rats plan started!
Plain and simple, they need to eat and your bird feeders are satisfying that need.
And, so far it has been easily available and free!
But, you are going to change that!
Anything and everything!
They are omnivorous eaters, meaning, they will eat plant matter and food of meat origin. Everything on our menu and far more.
Rats are undiscriminating, when it comes to dining.
Bird seed of all variety, suet, peanuts-in-the-shell, insects, bird’s eggs (Many songbird’s eggs are small enough for a rat to easily bite through.) If you know you have rats in your yard, then you will want to keep an eye on your bird houses too. If it is nesting season, make sure they cannot gain access to your bird's homes.
Rats are hoarders. They will eat whatever they find and take what they can back to their home and hide the leftovers for a later time.
They even eat their feces often, for added nutrition. (Disgusting right!)
1. Prevent bird seed from landing under the bird feeder.
2. Use only shelled seed to prevent the hulls from falling to the ground.
3. Sweep or rake the litter up under the feeders often.
4. Store bird food properly.
5. Locate your feeders away from your house.
6. Rat-proof your feeders.
7. Rat-proof your house.
8. Should poison be used to get rid of rats?
9. Trapping for rodent control of rats.
1. To prevent seed from landing on the ground under the bird feeder, hang a seed catcher from the bird feeder. It will also provide a place for ground feeding birds to eat.
2. Filling feeders with clean, hulled seed. This will reduce the amount of food that falls to the ground under the bird feeder. Once you have achieved good rodent control of rats, then using this seed will prevent another occurrence.
3. Sweeping or raking the surface under the feeder to keep it free of fallen seed will help. If there is no food available to the rodents, then they will have no reason to be there.
4. Where, and how you store your bird seed will make a difference, if that is the attraction, not your feeders. Your supply of bird food must be kept impenetrable. Always store seed in a metal container, preferably outside, that has a secured lid to keep the "night bandits", raccoons, out.
Rats, like mice are quite capable of gnawing through plastic, and thickness, only means it may take a little longer, but it will absolutely not keep them out!
5. Relocating your feeders farther away from your home will decrease the opportunity for the rats to discover your home.
6. Rat-proofing feeders works. Keep rats from reaching your bird feeders by installing baffles as a good measure to employ for rodent control of rats.
When we had our problem with rats I did not see rats in the feeders. But, they can climb poles of any kind, metal, wood or plastic, just like the squirrels!
Install a baffle on the pole under the bird feeder. The baffle will block the rats way up the pole to your feeder. A squirrel baffle will be sufficient to prevent rats from getting to the top.
But if you also have raccoons visiting your feeders, then I would suggest a raccoon baffle, which is longer and wider than a squirrel baffle. Then you have something that will block raccoons, squirrels and rats!
If the rats are dropping down to your feeder from above, you will need to hang a dome or umbrella style baffle above the feeder. The baffle will need to be large enough that, as the rodent slides down the baffle, it is not able to grab the feeder on it’s fall, past it.
7. Rodent control of rats means rat-proofing your home. It will be more difficult than dealing with your feeders, because a rat, can fit through a hole slightly smaller than a quarter. But very necessary if you are going to have a rat free house.
Getting rid of the rats you see now, will not keep your home rodent free. New rats will replace the ones you remove. So the only solution for your home is to seal it up tight.
8. Poisoning for rodent control will not be the solution you think it is when you consider the following:
But, in saying all this about poison, if you have an infestation this maybe the only solution. You should get professional help for this situation.
9. Trapping the rats in a Victor Electronic Rat Trap, for "winning" results of rodent control of rats.
This would definitely be my first method of choice, if we ever have rats again.
1. Quick and humane. This trap is a technically advanced method. It produces enough shock from 4 C batteries to deliver a speedy death. It is cost effective to use too, as 4 batteries kill 50 rats.
2. No handling of a live or dead rodent is necessary. You don’t even have to see it.
3. Easy to use. Simply tip the trap contents into a double plastic bag. Throw it in the trash or if you live in a rural area, do like we did, give the wildlife around you a helping hand with a safe meal.
4. Another bonus is, it traps bodily fluids and parasites, which traditional snap traps do not. Seeing and having to handle them is a huge drawback to traditional snap traps.
5. The price is reasonable too, when one considers how pricey it can be to keep purchasing bird seed that the rats are eating voraciously or make repairs to your home from the chewing damage they cause!
6. Environmentally friendly, no chemicals or poisons necessary.
To selectively catch the animal you wish and not inadvertently zap a bird, squirrel or chipmunk, first use this live animal trap. You can release any animals you catch, that you do not want to kill, but when you have a rat...
Then place it with the door open at the entrance to the electronic rat trap, where more bait will attract it in to it's demise.
1. Catch & Release Other Animals or Send Rats to the Zapper
2. Place Live Animal Trap with Caught Rat With Open Doors Together
(Always wear heavy gloves when handling traps.)
Victor Electronic Rat Trap
1. Quick and humane.
2. No seeing or handling of rodent.
3. Easy to use.
4. Bodily fluids and parasites contained.
5. One time purchase, reasonably priced.
6. Environmentally friendly.
1. Drowning is not quick, but much faster than poisoning which can take hours or days.
2. Rat clearly visible before and after death. Handling was at a distance.
3. Not a slick process.
4. Not contained, but better than handling a snap trap.
5. Rental of trap was a repeat cost.
6. Environmentally friendly.
Be released from worry!
Hopefully the instructions on this page have armed you with the right plan to implement rodent control of rats at your bird feeders and home!
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