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Rat Control

How to Get Rid of Rats

There are two popular methods used to get rid of rats:
  1. Baiting
  2. Trapping

Rat Control Products

We carry a full line of rat bait, rat traps, rat bait stations, rodent inspection tools, animal repellents and rat exclusion materials.

Rat Trapping Tips

  • One advantage of trapping is easy verification that the rat is actually captured.
  • The key to success when trapping is being aggressive and placing several rat traps where the rats are active.
  • To lure the rat to the trap, use an attractant such as Provoke Rat Attractant by placing it on the trap.

Rat Baiting Tips

  • Place rat bait in tamper resistant rat bait stations throughout the rat infested area, spacing 30 to 60 feet apart.
  • The EPA requires that bait be placed in tamper resistant bait stations to protect people and unintended animals from accidentally eating the bait.
  • Rats continue their normal activity until the bait takes affect, so it is not possible to determine where it will die.
  • Bait is like food to rats so they seek it.

Rodent Inspection

Rat Exclusion

Exclusion by blocking structural entry points with copper mesh is typically used in combination with trapping and baiting for maximum effect.

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  1. Contrac Blox- 18 lbs

    Starting at: $82.49

    Contrac Blox is a single feed bait rodent bait (Bromadilone) that is weather resistant. Contrac Blox is an excellent clean-out and maintenance bait to control mice and rats, including warfarin-resistant Norway rats. California has placed Contrac Blox in a restricted use category. We can not ship Contrac to California without a pest control license. If you are a pest control operator or a certified applicator in California, please call us with your license number. Other single feed baits (non anticoagulants), such as Gladiator, Top Gun, Fastrac, and Terad3 are available in all states.

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  2. Contrac Soft Bait

    Contrac Soft Bait with the trusted Contrac name is a new soft bait by Bell Labs. Like all Contrac products (blox and pellets), it is a single feed bait, made of bromadiolone with superior bait acceptance.

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  3. JT Eaton Nectus 2G Second Generation Rodenticides
    $76.25

    JT Eaton's Nectus 2G Soft Bait is a second generation bait (single feed bait for a lethal dosage). Nectus is a soft bait containing 005% Bromadiolone. Made of oil scented compounds, this is moist, tasty and palatable rodent bait. It is especially suited for rodents which are reluctant to take other baits and for places where there is a source of competing food. It is even more palatable than food material found in food warehouses and stables. The moisture content in Nectus 2G Second Generation makes in an ideal bait for use indoors where water is not as available to rodents.

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  4. JT Eaton's Bait Block 2G + Ambush Stations Kits

    Starting at: $119.90

    Combine JT Eaton Bait's Block 2G Second Generation Rodenticide with Ambush Bait Stations for savings. JT Eaton's Bait Block 2G with .005% Bromadialone is made of very palatable ingredients to attract the rodents to the Ambush bait stations.

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  5. Contrac Blox with Lumitrack

    Contrac Blox with Lumitrack has an additive that causes rodent droppings to glow a bright green color under an UV light. Contrac Blox with Lumitrack contains the active ingredient, Bromadiolone and an additional preservative that inhibits mold growth even under the most humid conditions.

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  6. Fastrac Blox

    Fastrac Blox is a single feed, weather resistant and fast-acting acute rodent bait, containing Bromethalin. Fastrac Blox is used for controlling rodent populations in a quick and effective manner. Fastrac is a small, rough, all-weather baiting blox with many gnawing edges. Secondary poisoning ( e.g., a dog consuming the carcasses of rodents poisoned by Fastrac) does not readily occur with bromethalin.

    Fastrac Blox is an excellent choice for mice, with good acceptance of the bait . Fastrac is also labeled for rats, but we are not seeing the same acceptance as we do with mice.
    Another bait, "Take Down Soft Bait" , has the same active ingredient at Fastrac, but seems more appealing to the Norway and Roof rats. Another bait that is highly appealing to rats is Contrac Blox (different active ingredient). Make sure you always use tamper resistant rodent stations.

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  7. fastrac pellets

    Fastrac Pellets are some of the  fastest acting rodent baits (Bromethalin). Fastrac comes in blox form and pellets form. Fastrac is a non-anticoagulant and highly effective on rodents.Fastrac has no bait shyness or resistance and has a very quick kill, killing rats and mice in one or two days. It has a stop feed action allowing more kills with less bait, saving you money. This bromethalin formulation has an high acceptance among rodent populations. The pellets hold up in moist conditions.
    Packaging: 121 x 0.53 oz (15 g) Place Pacs Learn More
  8. Brigand WB (AG Use 8 lb)

    Brigand WB has all the palatability and durability of Brigand WB but packaged in an 8 lb container with a label for Agricultural use only. It combines Bromadiolone 0.005% with food grade matrix of wheat, oats, flour, and milk protein. It has a chocolate aroma to entice rodents to this bait. It has a solid edible wax coating for increased stability and endurance.

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  9. Terad3 Ag Blox 18 lb

    Terad 3 AG Blox with its EPA-approved label, can be used in all types of organic production, including farming, animal production, warehousing/storage and food processing. No secondary poisoning for birds of prey.

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  10. Gladiator All Weather Blox

    Starting at: $69.95

    Gladiator All Weather Bait Blox is a single feed bait with Bromethalin.01%, like the well known Fastrac Blox. A single feed bait only requires one feeding for a lethal dosage; death occurs within a couple of days. This particular Bromethalin bait in Gladiator has a reputation of good bait acceptance with an attractive lure to attract the rodents. Bromethalin works faster than other single feed baits. Compared to other rodenticides, a rodent doesn't need to eat a lot of Gladiator to receive a lethal dosage. It has a stop feeding feature, which saves you bait and money.

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Rat Control Steps

 

1. Inspect for rodent activity 2. Reduce their harborage areas and improve sanitation by getting rid of favorable rodent conditions including food and water sources.
  • Keep grass cut short; tall grass hides rodents from natural predators.
  • Overhanging trees provide protective areas for rats; keep overhanging trees cut back.
  • Debris should be removed from the exterior. Clutter and garbage provide shelter and food for rodents.
  • A 2 foot wide barrier of cement or crushed rock around the perimeter of the house would help exclude rodents.
  • Make sure that garbage cans outside and dumpsters have a tight seal. Rodents will eat any food thrown in the garbage. Dumpsters are one of the primary rodent zones in commercial establishments.
  • Dumpster should be placed at least 75 feet from the structure if possible.
  • Dumpsters need to be emptied regularly.
3. Exlude and rodent proof your home.
  • Identify and eliminate conditions that make it possible for rats to survive.
  • They need shelter (harborage), food and water.
  • Click Here: Rodent Exclusion Tips
4. Choose rat control method :