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How to Get Rid of Rats in Trees


how to get rid of rats in trees

an integrated pest management approach

works best for getting rid of rats in

trees rat removal is essential for the

safety of your family according to the

University of California integrated pest

management program rats consume and

contaminate food damage structures and

property and transmit parasites and

diseases to other animals and humans

take immediate action upon first sight

of rats or their droppings rodents

multiply quickly rats are easier to see

at night things you will need pruning

shears sheet metal metal wire pliers

drill or hammer and nail rat traps

peanut butter or hot dogs covered

garbage and compost containers how to

get rid of rats and trees rats thrive in

a mature landscape trim tree branches so

they are not in contact with fences

wires rooftops and other tree branches

the branches of the tree should be

pruned to at least 3 feet from the


trim the lower branches of shrubs to

expose the rats and increase their

vulnerability to predators rat guards

will get rid of rats and trees you can

make them yourself or purchase rat

guards at a home and garden store the

University of Florida office Extension

Office suggests using a piece of sheet

metal 18 to 24 inches wide and as long

as the circumference of the tree plus 2

inches attach the sheet metal to the

tree without damaging the bark drill a

hole or use a hammer in the nail two

inches from each corner of the sheet

metal and wrap it around the tree trunk

align the holes thread a piece of metal

wire through the holes and secure like a

twist tie with pliers

set rat traps affix traps to the trees

with wire where you see rats use classic

bait and snap traps place the bait side

closest to the ground for vertical tree

branches and closest to the trunk for

horizontal ones peanut butter and hot

dogs make good bait avoid killing birds

and other animals by removing the traps

during the day set traps from sunset

until sunrise practice proper sanitation

to get rid of rats in trees remove all

items that are attracting the rats place

all garbage in garbage cans with a snug

fitting lid exposed compost heaps should

also be placed in containers with secure

LEDs pick up your pets food dish after

it is finished eating

do not leave bowls of uneaten food

outside if your fruit trees are

attracting the rats do not allow fallen

fruit to remain on the ground remove all

brush piles on your property tips

warnings identify the species of rats

and cater your wrath control program

accordingly keep traps out of the way of

pets and children