Before you learn how to get rid of rats in garden, you need to understand these pesky pests. For starters, rats pose significant health risks to both humans and other animals such as your pet dogs and cats. They carry diseases such as Tuberculosis, Cryptosporidiosis, E. coli, Weil’s disease, and many more. They also carry ticks, mites and fleas, and can cause serious allergic reactions. Therefore, you should treat any rat problem in your home and garden as soon as possible.
To start off, understand that rats (like any other living being) need shelter, water and food. Getting rid of rats will involve you preventing their free access to any or all of these 3 essentials. This means that you should never leave your bird food laying around or in places where they can easily access it. Instead, place it in a large elevated and protected bird feed. Similarly, always clean up spillage and never place highly – palatable food waste (cake, cereal, meat, etc) in your compost heap. Instead, wrap it up before throwing any away.
Rats also need lots of water. Remove all containers and other objects that might act as water catchment areas from your garden. However, take great care when you are handling any stagnant water in your garden. This is because rats might have contaminated it with Weil’s disease. The disease can typically be transmitted to human beings through cuts and abrasions so just be careful. If needed, cover up your hands with surgical or rubber gloves first before disposing of stagnant water from your garden.
Last but not least, shelter is, perhaps, the easiest of the 3 rat requirements to deal with. Since rats hate being disturbed in their hiding places, your DIY pest control project should see you clearing away all junk and weeds in your garden. As you do this, keep in mind that tidy and neat gardens are less likely to attract rat infestations. Finally, in case the rat problem continues despite all these measures, call in pest control professionals who can take care of not only rats but also wasp nest removal and more.
In conclusion, you will often discover that is infinitely easier and more convenient to leave the work to a professional. This is because contractors know how to get rid of rats in garden faster and more cost-effectively than you do. By the time they are done, all the rats will be gone – never to come back in a long time.