How to Get Rid of Rats in Your House

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Imagine this scenario, you wake up thirsty and decide to go downstairs for a drink of water. You grab your cup, and as you’re filling it up you notice something… rat poop! If this was a real-life scenario for you, have no fear! In this article we’ll show you how to get rid of rats in your house.

Seeing all of that rat poop in YOUR house can make you sick to your stomach. Once the realization hits you that your house is infected with a rat (or worse RATS) you’ll want to spring to immediate action.. 

Today, I will be sharing different ways to get rid of these rodents once and for all!

How to Get Rid of Rats - Step-by-Step Guide

Undoubtedly, rats are harmful to human health. They spread so many diseases and infections. Furthermore, they destroy places by chewing through pipes and electric wiring.

Yes, all of that is concerning, but what’s more concerning is coming face-to-face with a live rat! 

First off, you need to inspect your house and see where the rats are.

Step 1: Inspection Process

We need to be well prepared and equipped to fight them out of our place. The key is to be quiet and first establish where they come from and where they are living. 

Pro Tip: Sprinkle a handsome amount of baking soda where you see rat poop or signs of damage to the house. If you want, you can sprinkle it literally all over your home. You can also use normal powder if you want.

Rats tend to leave a lot of marks. So, if they cross the path where you have sprinkled baking soda/ powder, you can establish the trail and find their hiding place(s). 

Step 2: Seal the Gaps 

The important thing to remember is that rats don’t usually come from big spaces like windows and doors. That is just not how they go about. So, look for small open gaps.

Pro Tip: Check the small gaps in the windows and doors and even the drains. These are the small places they wiggle their way through (EWWW).

You can seal the gaps with caulk, cement and wire wool. If you don’t want to seal it permanently, you can place a piece of wood.

Be careful as rats can nibble through wood pretty easily.

Step 3: Eliminate Their Food Source 

Rats don’t just plan to visit your house for the sake of it. They are either getting food or water from your place. You need to cut the roots. Finish the problem from the source.

No food source, no rats, right?

There are a few things that need to be done: 

  • Don’t leave food on the countertops.
  • Always put edibles in an airtight container. 
  • Do the dishes at night and leave the kitchen sparkly clean

Pro Tip: I know it is not easy to do all the dishes at night. For that, I have a trick. You can just pass the dishes through simple water so that the food and grease get cleaned. Do them properly in the morning. 

Step 4: Declutter

You need to declutter and reduce the mess in your house. Rats and other rodents need places to hide, places that are accessed less often. In houses, the more clutter, the more hiding places for them.

So, take an initiative and get down to decluttering.

Step 5: Clean with Natural Ingredients

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To keep them away, you can use the following ingredients on the exterior of your house: 

  • Peppermint oil
  • Cloves 
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper

Pro Tip: Work your way and focus on the ground. Whatever ingredient you choose, apply it generously on the ground. Especially focus on the space between the ground and the foundation of the house. 

For the interior, you will need a spray bottle. Make a spray of crushed pepper. Now, dilute it in a spray bottle and spray it everywhere you find holes and crevices inside the house.

Pro Tip: You need to be careful not to get this in your eyes or nose. You should wear safety goggles and a mask.

Step 6: Rat Traps

Yes, these are totally legal and a good way of catching the rat inside the house. But, if you don’t want to mess with setting/releasing/reloading traps, I would suggest contacting a professional for this.

Step 7: Call the Professionals

If you don’t want to mess with rats, you probably want to leave this to the professionals. Pest control and even exterminators are available that can come out and take care of the problem.

Shoo Them Away from Outside

If there are no rats outside, they will not come inside. This is a simple rule. 

  • Keep your garden clean and eliminate the food sources like fallen fruits etc
  • You can use dry ice and keep it near the burrows.

Pro Tip: Always wear gloves as dry ice can end up hurting your hand

  • Use bait to attract and trap the rats outside


Now that you know how to get rid of rats in your house, it is time to spring into action. Keep those nooks and corners well sealed, food off the table, and the house clean to keep them out for good. 

Moreover, we have included some tips to keep them away from the outside of your house too. Sometimes, the situation worsens and you can have a rat infestation. For that, it is recommended to seek professional help.

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