Reduce Rats in Your Neighborhood

Rats are very opportunistic and take advantage of any available food or habitat source. Work together with your neighbors to share information and help keep areas clean.

  • Properly dispose of all trash in an appropriate receptacle. Rats rummage and feed on discarded food waste.
  • Ensure your trash and recycling containers are not damaged, and the lid fully closes after disposing of trash. Rats see damaged or open containers as a food source.
  • Don’t leave pet food outside for an extended period of time.
  • Inspect the outside of your home for uninvited guests burrowing in the walls or attic. Small rats need approximately only the size of a quarter to burrow. Openings are commonly found on eaves, around windows and in landscaping around concrete pads and sheds.
  • Check your yard for places that provide additional shelter. Rats will use crevices between lumber piles, plastic containers and other materials as shelter if left outside. Bring those items in or properly dispose of them. If you have firewood stacked outside, keep it at least 12 inches off the ground.
  • Ensure leaky faucets are repaired and your yard is not overwatered. Rats need water to survive. Remove the water source and they will leave.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information.