How to Deal with Rats in the Garden

If you want to know how to deal with rats in the garden and around your house, read here about my own experience. I have started my fight against rats and I shall report here how it develops.

Perhaps you have read in my another text about my struggle with a mole in the garden? This is a lost battle, there is no way to get rid of it. It is still around, though a bit quieter in these warm months.

But now we realized we had a rat or perhaps more of them in the garden. See below some of the holes under the wall in the garden, they use them as highways around the house.

One of the passages under the wall that rats were digging a night before.
One of the passages under the wall that rats were digging a night before.

I have even seen it a few times, once during the day and several times in the evening. It seems that they are damaging some vegetables that we grow next to the house. But even if this is not so, my wife would not eat the vegetables knowing that ruts are going around.

This is the same passage with the opening on the other side of the wall.
This is the same passage with the opening on the other side of the wall.

So this is why I realized I had to deal with this. I have already tried with a pack of granules against rats. I positioned them at some critical places, and I was glad to realize that the granules disappeared. I thought that rats have eaten them and that we would not see them again. But I was wrong.

The top picture above shows my next set of items I bought to deal with rats. My strategy is as follows:

  • I shall use a combination of several means and tools. This should increase my chances to get rid of the rats. These are clever creatures and if they see the same thing at several places they might become cautious and avoid them.
  • I plan to position them at several different places. This will be in particular at some narrow passages which they clearly use. You have seen a couple of them in the picture above.
  • I plan to change their places so that rats do not get used to them.
  • There will be several physical traps. So the question is what to use in the traps to attract rats. My guess is this should be easier than in my mentioned fruitless battle against the mole. I shall try to experiment a bit and use some food that smells good and that looks tasty.
  • Note, I am in no way an expert in this, I am just trying to find a way to solve the problem. If you have already been through this, I am open to any suggestions.

Hopefully, I shall be able to report about my success. So bookmark this text and come again. I shall be adding a few lines later. I might even be able to show my trophy rat in one of the traps. Wish me luck.

Addition one day later: So after just one night, one of the simple pedal rat traps worked and we had a rat killed. The scene did not really look pleasant, its head was practically smashed, so I am reluctant of adding it here. It worked as I was hoping it would. This was the trap that I positioned close to the underground passage shown in one of the pictures above.

I doubt this is the only rat around, so the traps remain in place. If it happens that we catch one alive, you will see the picture here. 


I bought the tools in our nearby local store. But I was also checking to see what was available on Amazon. Below are some of the products against ruts that look promising to me.

You will realize that some are designed to deal with rats in a humane way, so these are just traps that will not kill a rat. I have one of that type in the top picture above. But some of them are designed to kill a rat instantly. There are some that are very similar to what I am using.

Note also that they come with numerous, in fact, many thousands of reviews and reports by other people, so you know what you are buying. So please follow the links to read more.

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AB Traps Quality Live Animal Humane Trap Catch and Release Rats Mouse Mice Rodents Cage - Voles Squirrel and Similar Sized Pets Safe and Effective | Size Small
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AB Traps Quality Live Animal Humane Trap Catch and Release Rats Mouse Mice Rodents Cage - Voles Squirrel and Similar Sized Pets Safe and Effective | Size Small
  • ✓ QUALITY & MATERIAL: The trap is made from high-quality wire. Its durable and corrosion-resistant quality is different from other brands. The wire material is lightweight. Its Use for All-Weather/Outdoor and Indoor. Its structure is a rectangular shape and has an attractive look. Durable the finest wire mesh won't be bitten open by those small animal's teeth.
  • ✓ DESIGN: Our cages design is not easy to escape light-weighted material structure, small mesh openings, and the door locked tightly to ensure the trapped rodent animals no way to escape easily. But it could quickly capture those nuisance animals without hurting or killing them. Safe for Pets and wildlife. it's fully safe for these animals.
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  • ✓ SAFE & HUMANE: Does not kill or cause any injury to the captured animal mouse, rat, mice, squirrel, and pets like a hamster. Easily release or free the captured pets or any animals caught unintentionally. No poisons, chemicals, sprays, electricity, or glues are used. Safe for use around children and pets. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
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Kensizer Animal Humane Live Cage Trap That Work for Rat Mouse Chipmunk Mice Voles Hamsters and Other Small Rodents, Trampa para Ratones, Catch and Release
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Kensizer Animal Humane Live Cage Trap That Work for Rat Mouse Chipmunk Mice Voles Hamsters and Other Small Rodents, Trampa para Ratones, Catch and Release
  • Humane Live Animal Trap - After catching them, you can release them at any time. Product Size: 12 x 6.5 x 5 inches.
  • Light Weight Aluminum Structure - Sturdy and Durable, the finest wire mesh won't be easily bitten open by those small animals' teeth. It's not fit for big squirrel or opossum, since they can bite the trap broken and escape.
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OWLTRA OW-1 Electric Rat Trap, Instant Kill Rodent Zapper with Pet Safe Trigger, Black
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OWLTRA OW-1 Electric Rat Trap, Instant Kill Rodent Zapper with Pet Safe Trigger, Black
  • The Humane Solution - Owltra is the humane solution for getting rid of large populations of rodents, as one set of 4 C batteries is enough to exterminate 60 rats. Featuring improved dual infrared sensors to protect kids and pets, Owltra ensures no false zaps. The no-escape design keeps the rodent in place while generating 6,000-9,000 of high-voltage shock for quick elimination.
  • No-Mess Disposal - With magnetic latches, you’ll never have to touch or see the rodent. Simply pull off the trap's lid and empty the rodent in the trash. Owltra deactivates automatically when the the top is removed, allowing for safe and secure cleaning.
  • Pet-safe Dual Infrared Sensor - The chamber is designed with two infrared sensors, one at the entrance and one at the back. Owltra only activates when it detects a rodent inside the trap—preventing false zaps while protecting children and small pets.
  • Quick-Zap System - Our unique zap system guarantees 100% elimination without causing the rodent to suffer. It’s also a safer alternative to using poison and chemicals and can be placed anywhere inside your home or business.
  • Convenient Bait Area - Lure rodents in by placing a pea-sized amount of bait at the back of the trap. Simply lift open the bait door and use a toothpick or cotton swab to apply bait on the trap's floor, opposite of the entrance. Baits high in protein, such as peanut butter, are recommended.
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Just One Bite II Rat & Mouse bar 8pk 8lb
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Just One Bite II Rat & Mouse bar 8pk 8lb
  • Norway rats, roof rats and house mice may consume a lethal dose in a single night's feeding
  • Death is delayed 4 to 5 days, so there's no bait shyness
  • Kills warfarin resistant Norway rats
  • 8 Individually wrapped 1 pound bars
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JT Eaton 166004 709-PN Bait Block Rodenticide Anticoagulant Bait, Peanut Butter Flavor, for Mice and Rats (9 lb Pail of 144), Green
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JT Eaton 166004 709-PN Bait Block Rodenticide Anticoagulant Bait, Peanut Butter Flavor, for Mice and Rats (9 lb Pail of 144), Green
  • Anticoagulant block bait with specially formulated peanut butter flavor that attracts and eliminates mice and rats
  • Active ingredient Diphacinone (0. 005-percent) efficiently eliminates smaller rodents
  • 144 1-ounce rodenticide blocks in a tamper evident resealable pail
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Pest Control Rat Traps & Mouse Traps for Instant Kill Results, Set of 6 Large Reusable Snap Traps for Mice Chipmunks 'N Squirrels, Humane Mousetraps for The House
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Pest Control Rat Traps & Mouse Traps for Instant Kill Results, Set of 6 Large Reusable Snap Traps for Mice Chipmunks 'N Squirrels, Humane Mousetraps for The House
  • Safe And Sanitary Pest Control - Free your home from unwanted pests and keep your household safe and sanitary with the best rat trap in the market. Boasting a smart, integrated bait cap feature that allows you to place your chosen rat attractant or bait to lure the mice in, as well as an extra sturdy, polystyrene construction that promises to last for years to come without losing its efficiency, you can finally get the rodent eradication results you have been asking for.
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  • Successfully Capture Rats – No Escape - Forget about false triggers, stolen bait and escaping mice. Kat Sense rat traps feature a powerful, highly responsive snap mechanism with a sensitive pedal and specially designed teeth to seize mice and rats every time. The improved, humane design ensures that rodents are killed fast and with as little pain as possible.
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Pack of 4 made2catch Classic Metal Rat Traps Fully Galvanized - Humane Rat Traps That Work - Snap Rat Trap - Durable Reusable Rat Trap - Effective Rat Traps - 4 Traps
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Pack of 4 made2catch Classic Metal Rat Traps Fully Galvanized - Humane Rat Traps That Work - Snap Rat Trap - Durable Reusable Rat Trap - Effective Rat Traps - 4 Traps
  • LONG TIME PROVEN SNAP TRAP DESIGN - Heavy duty snap rat trap with powerful spring. This long time proven construction is a highly effective solution for rat control. This trap is designed especially for rats and other larger animals such as chipmunks.
  • DURABLE AND REUSABLE - Made of durable and long lasting fully galvanized metal. Each rat trap can be reused for a long time
  • QUICK AND HUMANE KILL - The trap captures and kills rats quickly and humanely. Once a rat triggers the pedal,the trap immediately snaps and kills the rat.
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Large Powerful Rat Traps (6 Pack) - Kills Instantly with Powerful Steel Spring - Setup in Seconds - Wash & Reuse Over & Over - Hands Free Disposal - Rat Control Without Harmful Poisons or Chemicals
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Large Powerful Rat Traps (6 Pack) - Kills Instantly with Powerful Steel Spring - Setup in Seconds - Wash & Reuse Over & Over - Hands Free Disposal - Rat Control Without Harmful Poisons or Chemicals
  • Largest Traps on the Market - eXuby’s rat traps are measured at 3.75” by 3” inches - 36% larger than standard mouse traps - With powerful springs and large open mouths they are designed to catch and kill rats instantly
  • Easily Set & Forget - Simply place bait cup in bottom of rat trap, place traps in suspect locations and press to set – With our lot of 6 traps you’re in full control of affected areas
  • Instant Kill – You don't have to worry about stolen bait, false triggers and runaway pests - The powerful steel spring is highly responsive snapping down with lethal force quickly and humanely every time
  • Reusable and Hands-Free Disposal – This rat trap is washable and 100% reusable so you can eliminate any future pests – When disposing simply lift trap over trash and press to let it go without ever having to touch it
  • No Harmful Chemicals and Poisons are used with these rat traps – Safely place them around the house without the worry of cross-contamination or foul odors

Last update on 2021-07-19  / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

You might want to read more about my activity in the garden and around the house, so check under the category Home & Garden. Let me know if you have questions or comments, there is a comment box below.

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