How can I get rid of rats?

Asked September 12, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

Since I've been told by my local feed store that the EPA no longer will let them sell rat poisoning, what can I use to get rid of them? I've set traps but I'd like to do more.

Scioto County Ohio

1 Response

Rat baits are still available. Some of the formulations have changed. You may need to go to another supplier.

Basic things to help reduce rodent problems include:

  • keeping tight lids on feed bunks and bins
  • not spilling feed on the ground and cleaning up feed spills
  • making sure feed troughs do not have holes where feed can be falling onto the ground
Here is a website from Kansas State University Research and Extension that has many sources of rodent control information with many good options:

If you have more questions, feel free to contact me directly. See my contact information below.

Good luck!