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Miche Pest Control is a top rated, family owned and operated, full service pest control company that provides rat control services for homes and businesses in Washington DC and the surrounding areas. Our expert technicians get rid of rat infestations quickly using combinations of highly effective pest management strategies to both eliminate existing rats and prevent their return. Miche Pest Control has a 4.9 star rating and over 1,000 reviews online - call today!

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How To Get Rid of Rats In Washington DC

Rats are a common problem in homes of all shapes and sizes. Due to their small size, it can be difficult to spot a rat problem until you have a serious infestation. These animals can cause serious damage to parts of your home. They also carry dangerous diseases.

Learn To Spot A Rat Problem

The sooner you catch a rat infestation, the more easily you will be able to solve the problem. The warning signs of a rat infestation vary in severity depending on how many rats are in your home. If you suspect that you may have a rat problem, be on the lookout for the following signs:

  • Nests, especially in hidden corners
  • Dead rats
  • Rat droppings
  • Chewed wires or wood
  • Scratching noises at night

Once you’ve confirmed that you have rats, you can start considering your options. There are a variety of ways to get rid of rats. Rat traps are some of the most popular options, especially when compared to rat poison. Many families choose not to use rat poison due to the presence of pets or small children in their homes. The best option for your family will depend on your home, who lives in it, and the amount of money you can spend getting rid of them.

Winter makes it a challenge to get rid of rats in Washington DC. Our climate in the Mid-Atlantic means that rats will start looking for a warm place to stay soon after the first frost. This means your risk of needing to get rid of a rat infestation spikes in the winter months. Be on the lookout for the signs of rat problems once it becomes jacket weather!

Types Of Rat Traps

Rat traps are an easy way to get rid of rats. They are also cost-effective.  If you use traps, place them in areas where you have seen signs of rats, such as droppings or rat hair. 

With rat traps, you must regularly check to see if you have caught a rat. If you do not use bait on your rat trap, you can leave it out for longer periods of time. There are several different types of rat traps. Not all pest traps on the market can handle larger rodents such as rats. Make sure that the trap you purchase is intended for rats!

Live traps allow rats to wiggle into them, but not back out of them. When the rat enters the hole of a live trap, it will trigger a mechanism that traps it inside the trap. This will allow you to release the rat later, far away from the home. This is often the most humane option to get rid of your infestation.

Snap traps are one of the most popular forms of rat control. Large rat traps snap close to either kill the rat or hold it in place. Many homeowners choose to bait these with cheese or peanut butter. 

Glue boards are an option for rat control. However, most glue boards are not made of strong enough glue in order to trap a large rat. If you use glue boards with large rats, you may find that they can wiggle free or drag the board around with them. Because of this, we recommend that you do not use these particular types of traps. 

Regardless of what type of rat trap you use, make sure you check it regularly. If a dead rat is on the trap for too long, it will begin to smell and potentially attract other pests. Additionally, it may make the trap unusable in the future. When trying to get rid of rats, you must be diligent. 

If you're having issues getting rid of rats from your home or business in Washington DC, please reach out to our team. Our experienced exterminators who work with commercial and residential property owners throughout the greater DC area.

 

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Washington DC

Washington DC, formally the District of Columbia and also known as DC or just Washington, is the capital city of the United States of America. It is located on the Potomac River bordering Maryland and Virginia, with Congress holding its first session there in 1800. The city was named for George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father, and the federal district is named after Columbia, a female personification of the nation. As the seat of the US federal government and several international organizations, the city is an important world political capital. It is one of the most visited cities in the US, with over 20 million visitors in 2016.

The US Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of US Congress; the district is therefore not a part of any U.S. state. The signing of the Residence Act on July 16, 1790, approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River near the country's East Coast. The City of Washington was founded in 1791 to serve as the national capital. In 1801, the land, formerly part of Maryland and Virginia (including the settlements of Georgetown and Alexandria), officially became recognized as the federal district. In 1846, Congress returned the land originally ceded by Virginia, including the city of Alexandria; in 1871, it created a single municipal government for the remaining portion of the district.

The city is divided into quadrants centered on the Capitol Building, and there are as many as 131 neighborhoods. It is the 20th-most populous city in the US. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs raise the city's daytime population to more than one million during the workweek. Washington's metropolitan area is the country's sixth-largest metropolitan area, and includes parts of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

 

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