Rats in the kitchen - What to do?
If you are reading this article you have probably seen a rat or two in your kitchen, or kitchen cupboards and now are panicking about what to do. DON'T PANIC! This article will guide you to the possible options of how to get rid of the rats in the kitchen and prevent their return in the future.
We have asked our professional pest control technicians about this problem and below we will outline their advice and steps that a non-professional person can do to stop them.
Step 1: Estimate the problem and the number of rats in the kitchen
The first step is to identify the major areas where rats are found, such as cupboards, shelves and behind kitchen items or appliances. Doing this will give you an idea of how serious the problem is and if it needs professional help or if it can be managed on your own.
If you have seen any rats, you can determine roughly their age by their appearance.
- Seeing a juvenile rat in the kitchen can be a sign of a nest nearby (for example rats in the walls or rats under the floorboards). Juvenile rats rarely will be present on their own and often will be accompanied by other juvenile rats from the same litter. Rats are very social animals and would like to explore new areas and the world around them. That’s how you crossroads and end up having rats in the kitchen.
- Seeing an adult rat in the kitchen is one of the most common scenarios. Adult rats are travelling up to 2 miles per day to find vital resources for their survival. Rats drink on average around 100ml water per day. As we mentioned above, rats are social animals with few exceptions. A female rat can also be pregnant and looking for a new safe place to set up a nest. Male rats can be very aggressive and territorial, killing the newborn babies of other males. This will make the female rats flee the nest and look for alternative places to give birth.
- If you haven't seen a rat in the kitchen, but you have seen a form of damage from gnawing on your cereal boxes, or rat droppings on the kitchen counters - try to gather more evidence! The more you know, the better you will be prepared. Rats will often leave droppings in the kitchen on the counters, behind the fridge and around big objects such as the waste bin. Droppings can vary in size and shape and can give away the number of rats in the kitchen - different sizes bodies have different size droppings.
All scenarios above are considerably easy to approach and tackle by a non-professional person.