How to Get Rid of Rats on the Homestead – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#8)

Do you have a rat problem? Unfortunately, due to feeding livestock, rats find homesteads a great place to move in. Today my featured post talks all about how to get rid of rats on the homestead! Are Rats Invading Your Farm or Homestead? Rats are my nemesis right now. We have a new neighbor, who bought the 5 acre wooded lot behind us, and they have begun building their house. After they cleared the area for their house, we noticed a huge uptick in rats on our homestead! When I saw Chelsea’s post from The Green Acre Homestead in our blog hop last week, it caught my eye! I have tried many of the methods she has listed and then some. Some worked well for us and some didn’t. Rats are smart, and figure things out pretty quickly, so it is a good idea to have a big arsenal of ideas on how to deal with them so you can change things up when one method stops working. Why You Don’t Want Rats on Your Farm or Homestead First and foremost, rats carry diseases which can spread to your poultry or livestock. They can also carry lice, mites and other parasites. Second, they can eat a lot of feed. A LOT of feed, and this will cost you! Do you have extra money to feed a huge rat population? I sure don’t! Three, if you see one rat, there are at least 10 more there. So if you see 5, there are at least 50! A single rat can have up to six litters a year, with 5-10 babies per litter. This means a pair of rats, left to create their colony with no interception from you, can grow in size…