It's pretty hard to describe how shocked people feel when they see a rat in their house. Rats are filthy, destructive, and can carry disease. Fifty-thousand people each year receive rat bites. They destroy crops and property. So when they show up in your home, it's hard to stay calm. But here are few techniques that you can adopt to get these filthy animals out of the house. Look for Signs of Rat Activity - Even though rats can weigh up to 18 ounces, you don't always see them. Most people discover rats by seeing signs of their presence. Look for droppings near food sources. Also, rats follow the same pathways as they search for food, so they leave greasy marks along sideboards and walls. Separate Rats from Their Food Sources - Rats can eat just about anything and, while they require more than mice, rats don't need a great deal of food (1 -3 oz. daily). To prevent future rat issues, be careful with how you store your food and scraps. Keep food in sealed containers and clean up any spills or crumbs. Since rats need a reliable water source, make sure you have no leaks in your pipes or faucets. Plug up any Openings - Unlike mice, rats need a lot of water (1 oz.), so they may travel in and out of your house. That's why it's important to seal up any cracks, holes, or entry points. Remember, if the hole is the size of a quarter, it's big enough for a rat. Use Rats' Feeding Habits against Them - Rats are wary about new foods. They might nibble a teeny bit of something new, then wait to see if it harms them. If they accept new food, they'll gorge on it until they're full. Other rats will follow suit. Traps vs. Baits: What works best for you? - Traps or baits can be used stand alone or together as part of a system of rodent control to make sure you cover all bases. The method you choose to control your rat problem depends on your preferences. Can you stand seeing the rat once it's caught? The major difference is that a trap physically holds the rodent in place. This is ideal if you want proof that the rodent was caught or for tracking purposes. Trap types include glue traps, mechanical traps, or even catch-and-release traps. While bait is contained in a station, the rat does not die in the actual station. The rodent eats Tomcat Rat Killer bait, typically consumes a lethal dose in one night, and then usually travels back to its nest to die 1-2 days later. Bait stations come in various levels of tamper resistance and in disposable and refillable options to use just about anywhere. Baits can kill multiple rodents at one time.