Should I Use Poison to Get Rid of Rats in my Attic?

Homeowners often debate between using poison or traps to get rid of rats in the attic. When trying to clear out the unwanted guests, however, using the poison method is not as simple as it may seem. Unfortunately, you can’t just sprinkle it out and hope it works its magic. Not only is poison less humane than rat traps, but not all the rats are guaranteed to eat the poison and it could be ingested by children or pets, which can have damaging effects.

Even if all the rats in your attic ate the poison and died, you would have to take care of the rat carcasses and then clean up any messes they’ve left behind. Otherwise, an awful stench will envelope your home as the carcasses decompose. Because this can be quite the extensive and unappealing endeavor, it’s best to use a professional for rat removal.

Root of the Problem

In addition to the lengthy and potentially dangerous process, another problem associated with rat poison is the risk of a re-infestation. The root of your rat problem is that there is an access point somewhere in your house allowing the rats to get in, and you need to find it and seal it. That way, once you get rid of the rats you have now, you can be sure more won’t find their way in. Keep in mind there are often multiple access points that can range anywhere from your basement to your roof and be as small as half an inch wide.

Professional Services

There are many benefits of using a professional over DIY rat control. Professionals are:

  • Well-versed in the behaviors and patterns of the rodents they work with, making their control methods more efficient.
  • Aware of the common intrusion spots for different invasive critters, and can offer warranties on their repair work in case the animals come back.
  • Equipped with the tools and technology needed to efficiently and humanely remove wildlife and repair any damage they may have caused to your home.

When you work with Critter Control®, you can be sure your home is in good hands. We will inspect your home to identify the severity of your problem, remove nuisance wildlife, repair damage caused by the critters, and seal any entry points to keep them out for good. Call the rat removal experts today at to set up your free home inspection!