Your video about determining what rodent is in the attic was the best ever, thank you. Sadly, I have rats as indicated by the droppings. I think I’ve found the 2″ hole they use and my question is, how many times does a rat need to leave the property to get food/water? Will there ALWAYS be droppings next to the hole under the eves? Dang, the local pest control companies don’t deal with attic problems here, so its up to me. Thanks so much.
There will most likely be droppings appearing over and over as long as rodents are using the area. As for what to do? Right now, I recommend reading through our RAT CONTROL ARTICLE where you’ll learn various control methods. In the article you’ll learn the best method to control this pest is to live trap them out. Based on the fact that you know where their entrance hole is located and you see plenty of droppings, it should be easy to catch them.
Just set out one of our LT5518RD LIVE TRAPS at this spot baited with some PECAN PASTE and you should catch them quickly. And if you have a pet or bird seed, be sure to add some to the set as this will no doubt get them to enter that much faster.
Now every time you catch one you should then remove all their droppings and reset the trap. Once you get to the point where there are no new droppings appearing and no rat in the trap for two weeks or more, you can proceed to sanitize the attic, the outside area around the entrance hole and then lastly, proceed with doing some exclusion by sealing up the hole.
To sanitize the hole, you’ll want to spray down the area with NNZ we discuss in the article. By neutralizing their scent, you’re insuring more won’t find their way inside so this is very important and needs to be done.
As for how often do they leave and forage? Usually every evening/night. But as our article explains, females return daily too. Males, on the other hand, will many times use many nest locations and only return every few days to your home so don’t expect consistent activity and then be led to think they’re gone. In fact this is why you need to wait at least 2 weeks before sealing up any holes.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Live Trap: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/live-trap-5-x-5-x-18
Pecan Paste: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/pecan-paste
Rat Article: http://www.roof-rat-control.com/rat-control