Are you having trouble with rats on your property? Learn how to keep them away with a few simple steps. If you've tried everything on our list and still have rats, Columbus Public Health can help.
- Get Rid of Places Rats Live Cover Openings: Cover openings ½ inch or larger with concrete, sheet metal or hardware cloth. Screen basement windows and other windows that are within three feet of the ground with hardware cloth. Cover basement drains with hardware cloth or a drain cover. Patch holes around wires and pipes with sheet metal or concrete patching.
- Seal and Snug: Doors should fit snugly, not more than 3/8 inch from the door frame. Basement windows should fit tightly and have no broken panes. Seal up enclosed spots such as between walls, crawl spaces, under porches, and around boxed-in plumbing.
- Clean Up Your Yard: Have junk, like old cars and appliances, hauled away. Call 311 about collecting bulk items. Stack building materials, lumber and fire wood at least 18 inches off the ground. Remove leaves, branches and other yard waste. Keep grass and weeds cut low (under 12 inches).
- Get Rid of Food Sources Sources in the Yard: Clean up pet feces every day. Don't leave dog/cat food or water outside. Clean up bird food on ground. Pick up fallen tree fruit or garden vegetables. Clean up garbage on the ground.
- Garbage Issues: Bag your trash. Keep lids closed on garbage containers. Put garbage out the night before or early morning. Report damaged city trash cans or dumpsters to 311. Empty and rinse recyclables and keep lid closed.
- Composting Issues: Rodent proof your bin. Pick bin type that prevents rats getting inside. Locate far away from house. Bury food deep in the pile. Don't compost meats, dairy or greasy foods.
If you have tired all these options call 3-1-1 to file a complaint.