If you have rats loose in your loft, the best tool for getting rid of them is rat traps. There is a range of traps, repellants and other pest control tools available for dealing with rats, but not all of these are created equal. If you want to capture or kill all the rats in your loft, traps are the most reliable means of doing so. It’s crucial that you choose the right method for dealing with an infestation, or you might find that the rats move back in as quickly as you can evict them. The vast majority of rat traps can effectively deal with infestations, but only if you are careful about where you place them and how you use them.
There are two broad types of rat trap; non-lethal traps, also known as human traps, and lethal traps. Non-lethal traps will capture rats without harming them. Once a rat has been caught in a non-lethal trap, you will need to release them somewhere suitable. This is easier said than done. If you release the rats in the wrong place, they will head straight back to your home. Lethal traps still need emptying, but you can easily dispose of the dead rats in a bin or suitable outdoors area.
Whichever type of trap you choose, placement will be essential in determining their effectiveness. You want to place your traps where they are most likely to be noticed. Ideally, you should place them so that rats have no choice but to navigate past them after leaving their nest. If you know where the rat’s nest is, place your traps as near as possible. If you only have a suspicion as to where the main nest is, place your traps along any exit points or junctions that rats would have to pass through to reach the nest from your property.