Home Improvement

5 Steps to Get Rid of Rats in your Apartment

October 2, 2019 by Sami Boutaleb
Rodent on Apartment Kitchen Counter

What’s worse than losing your apartment keys? Finding out your new roommate is a rat. Before calling the cops on the poor fella, here’s what you can do to fix the problem and make sure it never happens again:

1. Find the Entry Points

The first thing you should do is make sure rats can’t get in again. The first step you can take is to check for cracks in the walls and floorboards. Patch up those cracks and then check your windows for any cracks and seal those up as well.

Be sure to search around your apartment’s pipes, in the bathroom as well as the kitchen, and seal off any holes no matter how small.

2. Set traps Around your Apartment

You may not be able to seal every hole off, and that’s where traps come in handy. Your local hardware store should carry any number of traps or bait. If you’re going to set up bait, you want to put it in recently frequented areas. You will know if a rat has been somewhere if you find rat droppings.

Place your traps carefully if you have children or pets at home. You can purchase bait covers that prevent pets or children from getting access to the poison.

3. Clean your Apartment

Making sure to clean your apartment after you spot a rat should be your priority. Rats carry diseases and are very dirty, so give your apartment a deep cleaning after finding any rodents.

Rats use their strong noses to find food in your apartment. Close and refrigerate any leftovers, don’t leave open bags of chips or plates of food lying around, and always tightly seal any food containers outside of the fridge.

4. Contact your Landlord

Most times, rats in an apartment building are a sign of a larger problem in the entire building. Contact your landlord and they should determine the main root of the problem and take preventative measures to prevent it from happening in the future.

If you find a rat in your apartment, chances are you are not the only tenant in the building with rats. Contacting your landlord could help stop the problem before it spreads to the entire building.

5. Periodically Check the Traps

While this may seem obvious, make sure to frequently check the traps you set to determine if they are working. If you set a poison trap and the bait has been eaten, you should search extensively for the rat because the rat may not die on the spot and rot away somewhere in your apartment.

A trap will capture or kill a rat, so checking the traps frequently them will also help prevent the unpleasant surprise of the smell of a dead rat.

Hopefully these tips have been helpful – nobody should ever be left stranded when dealing with a rat invasion. Continue to clean and keep a lookout, and hopefully all will return to normal!