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How to Lure a Rat Out of Hiding – 5 Tips

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Rats are one of the most unwanted, yet prevalent creatures known to coexist with man. Getting rats in your home can be very dangerous! One of the things you can do to confirm the presence of rats in your home is to see it. Rats are expert hiders though, and it is not uncommon to have a rat hiding in a house!

How do you lure a rat out of hiding? Let’s take a look.

It’s crucial to learn how to lure a rat out of hiding, especially when it comes to a scenario where the battle between the two parties (human v rat) has to be fought in your home.

How to Lure a Rat Out of Hiding

Why Is the Rat Hiding from Me?

Before you can understand how to lure rats out of hiding, you need to understand why they are hiding in the first place, right?

The same reason why a rat opts to hide from humans is the same reason that it would hide from a predator if it was still out in the wilderness.

Rats know that humans pose a real threat to them. While some humans are notoriously afraid of rats, so are they of humans. Rats are fairly intelligent, which means that they know what to do to stay away from predators, whether they are wild animals or humans.


5 Things You Can Do to Lure a Rat Out of Hiding

Like many other rodents, rats like to hide in places that are cool and dark. If looking for tips on how to lure a rat out of hiding, this infographic will help, with more details below…

5 Rules If You Want To Lure A Rat Out Of Hiding Infographic

Use Food

When you have a rat hiding in a house, food is your ultimate weapon in bringing it out! Rats are pretty simple creatures. They have very few needs. One of the most important needs (as it is with most other living things), is food.

If you need to lure a rat out of hiding then you should be using some tasty food as rat bait. It doesn’t always have to be used in a trap, bait is bait!


Leave The Area

Rats are scared of humans. To a rat, you are huge… so they are obviously going to be very wary when you are in the general vicinity. So if you want to know how to get a rat to come out, then you should disappear!

Leave the area for a better chance of luring a rat out of hiding.

Unfortunately, that means you will not see if the rat leaves its hiding place, but it will help lure it out.

If you can, try to withdraw as much as you can but stay close enough to see if the rat has come out of its hiding place.


Lay Down Nesting Material

Rats use tons of items to build their nest with. Literally anything.

I used this to lure a rat out of hiding while I was on vacation (I know, I pick the best places to go!).

It started with a scream from my wife. I rushed in to find out what the issue was. She said she saw ‘a little aminal’ which ran away into the kitchen when she screamed. I know how the rat felt…

I needed to know what it was that she saw, so here is what I did:

  • Picked up a plastic bottle
  • Placed it on the kitchen floor
  • Sat on the kitchen cabinets so the rat couldn’t see my feet
  • Stayed remarkably still

Within 5 minutes, a rat appeared from the corner of a kitchen cabinet. I stayed still, I wanted to see what it would do.

The rat tentatively scampered up to the plastic bottle before dragging it behind the kitchen cabinet. The rat proceeded to chew the plastic bottle… incredible! I can only imagine it was using the material to help build the nest.

Luckily, this was during the last night of our vacation! With that in mind, if you want to know how to lure rats out of hiding… then use nesting materials!


Stay Low Or High

By staying low, you are showing the rat that you are less of a threat.

If a rat needs to look up at you, it is going to be very scared, right?

Lay down. Keep still. That will help you lure a rat out of hiding!

Alternatively, you can do what I did in the story above, and stay high enough so they can’t see you!


Remove Any Threats

Remove any threats to the rat. Whilst there are quite a few things that prey on rats, one of the most common threats is a cat (after all, cats do eat rats).

If you have a cat, make sure it is either outside or locked away in another room. To be honest, if a rat smells the scent of a cat, it will be very tentative about coming out to see you. This is the rat’s self-preservation kicking in here.

Get the cat out of the room for a better chance of luring a rat out of hiding. In fact, get your cat out of the house if possible.


Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions

Where do rats hide?

While you may not have given it a lot of thought, the reality is that rats are all over. As long as there’s a human population, chances are that there are rats lurking nearby. Common rat hiding spots include small openings beneath homes, terraces, outhouses, and next to gates. Indoor hiring spots include cramped crawl spaces and basements, and in the middle of walls. Narrow spaces such as those beneath tubs, cabinets, and closets are also a favorite.

Why do rats hide from humans?

Rats are cautious of humans and tend to view them in the same way they do predators. This forces them to take steps that will ensure that they don’t get in the crosshairs of humans. Additionally, rats are nocturnal animals, which means that they will often come out of hiding during the hours when you are least active.

How do you know if a rat is aggressive?

Aggression in rats manifests itself in numerous ways. For instance:
• A rat will start to chatter its teeth when it’s extremely angry
• It will begin hissing when it wants to make an attack
• A slapping tail means that it is annoyed and should always be viewed as a sign of danger
• An aggressive rat can also bear its teeth. Normally, the rat will reveal all its bottom teeth completely. You should always view this as an extreme sign of aggressiveness as it’s often followed by a lunge and a quick bite.


Conclusion

The 5 steps shown above will absolutely help you if you need to know how to lure a rat out of hiding. I’ve personally used all of them to tempt a rat hiding in a house to come out.

I have been in the position where I needed to lure a rat out from underneath the kitchen cabinets, and it works! It absolutely can be done.

All you have to remember is they are scared of you, so you either need to get out of their line of vision or totally out of that area completely. Remain still, keep quiet, remove all dangers, and the rat will come out eventually!

Good luck.

Written by Rodent Guide

Man v Rodent! I've been tackling Rodent infestation issues for over 20 years. Now I want to use this website to pass over the tips that I have learned over that time to help you take these Rodents out DIY style!

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