How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice from a Rental Property


Unfortunately, this can happen to anyone when setting up a new apartment for upcoming renters. Just imagine, everything is well organized and ready to go, when suddenly a rat appears running across the kitchen floor. While at first this unexpected visitor may seem to be very intimidating in fact, to control a rodent infestation it’s not a terribly complicated issue, and it is not a difficult one to resolve. There are several simple solutions on how to get rid of these unwelcome guests and prevent them from coming back in the future.

When it comes to getting rid of rats or mice, in this article rodent control professionals from  will walk you through a number of different treatment options and methods. Also, they will outline the advantages and shortcomings.

What Are Rodents?

Rodents are small animals that must continually gnaw in order to keep their teeth short. Mice and rats are known as rodents, they are active at night and are well adapted to live hidden in very close proximity to humans. Mice and rats have earned their pest reputation because they destroy foods meant for human consumption, spread contamination and instill fear in most of us. Centuries ago rats were responsible for transmitting disease such as bubonic plague known as black death.  


How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation

Generally, rats will seek shelter in warm and dry places, usually secluded in between floors and inside the wall cavities. When infested with rats, the first step is to determine where they are coming from and how are they getting in. Once you have found that out, simply blocking and repairing all the entry points can prevent all rodents from coming back. The most common reason why rats and mice will thrive around us is food and water being readily available. Deprivation of edibles is one of the most effective ways to send rats to look for food elsewhere. Preventing rats and mice from finding their necessities by making sure there is nothing for them to eat will deplete their numbers quickly.

From there, all that is left is to begin making eradication efforts in order to get rid of the rest of the invaders.


Rat and Mice Baiting

When it comes to rat and mice extermination, rodent baiting is often the most efficient and effective way to get rid of these unwanted visitors quickly. First and foremost, if the preferred way to get rid of the rodent problem is baiting, it is critical to know this:

Rats and mice that ingest the poisonous bait are likely to wander to die outside where they can be taken by local pets and wildlife, thus poisoning them as well. It is crucial that if baiting is the chosen method to control the rodent problem, then all the precautions are taken in terms of pet and other animal safety.

 Snap Trap

The most well-known trap is the classic and somewhat cartoony “snap trap”. Quick and efficient, this is one of the more humane methods to kill rats and mice. All they have to do is to step into the trap, and in an instant it’s over. However, such traps will require frequent attention to make sure that if a rodent is caught by its tail or leg, then it is found as quickly as possible. However, precautions must be taken when setting these traps, not to accidentally snap your own finger. Such accidents can cause shock and a painful injury.

 Glue Traps

Glue traps are less dangerous to those who set them but may be a cause of concern due to their inhumane reputation. Glue traps are flat boards with an adhesive on one side that doesn’t dry out. They are usually set in areas where there is high level of rats and mice activity with the purpose of catching them as they walk onto the sticky substance. Glue boards are suitable to eradicate both mice and rats.

Non-Lethal Traps

For those who have no intention of killing these rodent pests but still want to get rid of them, the capture trap may be the best way to go about it. These are small cages that are baited on the inside, and the exit point is spring loaded. When activated, it shuts itself imprisoning the rat or mice inside to be released safely elsewhere, rather than killing it. While there is a possibility of the vermin returning, it is unlikely if all the entry points are repaired and there is no food available. Instead, and more than likely the pests will end up finding a new suitable shelter within the area where released.





Rats and mice can lead to a major issue when setting up a place for rent, and it is prudent to act as soon as a problem is noticed. Not only because rodents can multiply quickly, eat through electrical cables, contaminate food and carry a multitude of diseases. But also, because rodents can scare the prospective tenants away, allowing them to look for a new home to rent elsewhere. By following these instructions your homes will soon be free of pests and ready for people to move in.

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