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

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Do you need to get rid of rats on the homestead? Unfortunately, due to feeding livestock, rats find homesteads and farms a great place to move in. Today my featured post talks all about how to get rid of rats!

Are Rats Invading Your Farm or Homestead?

face of a rat

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.

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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 to over 1,000 rats in a single year. No thank you!!! Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it!

two rats

My Ratinator Rat Trap Review

I wanted to share one tool that has worked great for us, that was not mentioned in Chelsea’s post down below. It is called The Ratinator and it is a wire cage, that traps a bunch of rats at once, as many as 21 they say.

It takes awhile to get the rats used to it for it to be successful, but it works wonderfully. I also love that it catches many rats at once which is awesome. And that it doesn’t use poisons.

So the Ratinator is a must have in my opinion. I think every homestead or farm should have at least one, or more, depending on the size of your operation.

a ratinator trap baited with layer pellets
The Ratinator heavily baited with layer pellets. Notice how it is on some scrap would so it is on a flat surface.

Tips for Using the Ratinator

The Ratinator comes with instructions, that must be followed to a tee. Some of the most important tips I can share on how to trap rats with the Ratinator, are these:

  1. Look for heavy rat infestation clues. Trails in the grass, droppings, new holes…etc. to find a good location. Or where the feed source usually is, and remove the feed. Place the Ratinator in the path of the recent rat traffic.
  2. Place the Ratinator on a smooth surface, such as a piece of plywood, or on a concrete patio or something like this. The rats will burrow beneath the trap to access the food bait, which makes catching them impossible. By placing the trap on a hard surface, this prevents them from burrowing under it to access the bait. For example, don’t just set it on uneven ground. You want it on a hard solid surface.
  3. Bait the trap HEAVILY, with whatever they have been feeding on. In my case, it is just plain old layer pellets. After you have placed the cage on a hard surface, and used a zip tie to hold the door open, cover the cage, all around with bait inside. Not just in the center bait area. Especially right near the entrance and just inside the entrance, and deeper into the trap. You need the rats to get used to going inside it at will.
  4. Cover the traps with some weeds or greens or leaves or whatever you have on hand to give them some privacy and make it less scary to them.
  5. Use gloves when feeding to minimize your scent. Bait the station heavily for 4-6 days with the trap door held open.
  6. On the 5th-7th day, wearing gloves, snip the zip tie that holds the trap door open and bait as you have been and cover.
  7. The next day, check the trap and you should have caught your first round of rats.
  8. Dispose of them as directed in the instructions. Make sure the tub that comes with the trap is on a level surface. Trust me on this!
  9. Move the trap to a new location, as far away from that location as possible, and start again.
ratinator trap covered in weeds
The baited Ratinator covered in weeds. Notice the galvanized trash can behind. We use these to move our chicken feeders into at night, so the bait in the trap is the only food around.


Our Featured Post This Week:

Repel Rodents on the Farm: Farm Hack’s and How To’s

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Our featured post this week is from Chelsea at The Green Acre Homestead: Repel Rodents on the Farm: Farm hack’s and How To’s

Thanks so much Chelsea for sharing on our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop!


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  1. Debbie-Dabble | 2nd Jul 19

    Thanks so much for hosting each week!!

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