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RODENTS (by AL [NC]) Jul 11, 2019 9:53 PM
       RODENTS (by fred [CA]) Jul 11, 2019 11:19 PM
       RODENTS (by LindaJ [NY]) Jul 12, 2019 7:02 AM
       RODENTS (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Jul 12, 2019 7:30 AM
       RODENTS (by Still Learning [NH]) Jul 12, 2019 7:35 AM
       RODENTS (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jul 12, 2019 9:41 AM
       RODENTS (by Vee [OH]) Jul 12, 2019 11:28 AM
       RODENTS (by tryan [MA]) Jul 12, 2019 12:16 PM
       RODENTS (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jul 12, 2019 2:14 PM

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RODENTS (by AL [NC]) Posted on: Jul 11, 2019 9:53 PM

What's the most effective way to get rid of rodents in crawlspace that have eaten into the ductwork? AC guys tells me to get rid of rats and then redo all duct work. Any suggestions on getting rids of rats quickly so can get ductwork done, The rodents have eaten thru the ducts so that the insulation has come up thru the vents,. Thx

RODENTS (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Jul 11, 2019 11:19 PM

Get rat traps and use bait. You want to be able to remove them out of the crawlspace after they are trapped.

RODENTS (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2019 7:02 AM

Traps. lots of them.

RODENTS (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2019 7:30 AM


You are willing to call a AC guy (PRO) but not willing to call a pest PRO?

RODENTS (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2019 7:35 AM

I would use a pro or you are wasting your money on new ducts. The city where my rentals are had rat problems last year due to no rodent abatement prior to knocking down big, old buildings. Luckily They didnít choose my rentals but I heard they are not always easy to get rid of.

RODENTS (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2019 9:41 AM

Some health departments have a guy called "vector control".

If your area has one, he will come out and lay out poison and give you traps.

I would trap first to get the stupid ones, but you won't get rid of them all without poison. Rats are smart. As soon as a couple of their pack members get trapped, the rest learn how to avoid the traps. Next they will figure out how to get the bait out of the trap without getting caught.

RODENTS (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2019 11:28 AM

Rodents are smart but they go around the dead relatives, so keep trapping, poison works but you still need to get them out every 3-4-5 days or the stink will drive you out for much longer.

RODENTS (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2019 12:16 PM


All other bait is junk

RODENTS (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2019 2:14 PM

Our house is near the woods and in the winter it's man -vs- Norway Tree Rat. They can bore a hole through anything and any hole you can get two fingers in, a rat or mouse can get into due to their collapsible bone structure. We hired a professional rat extermination company and this is what they did.

1. Stop up all holes using metal flashing, thick steel wool and other non-chewables. Plug mortar holes, etc. Foam won't cut it. They just eat through that stuff. Seal it up so they can't get in. Look at roof vents, etc. for entry points. If you do it in the day, the rats should be outside of the house collecting food.

2. Install bait stations around the house. Poison them before they enter the house. Dead rats don't invade. Check them regularly and replace bait as needed.

3. Set traps where you see rodent activity and check them regularly.

4. Check the house monthly for holes. I've seen rats climb 50 ft to a soffit and bore through a corner of it.

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