Rats, they can get anywhere! They can live in the country, and they can live in the suburbs. A highly adaptive creature, rats can chew pretty much anything. Rats can climb tons of things too. As they are highly adaptive, they can even survive in your garage! In this post I am going to run you through the plan for how to get rid of rats in the garage.

Before you embark on this, it is essential to do an inspection and identify hotspots and the reasons why the rats are in the garage in the first place. Take a look around the garage to identify any areas that a rat can use to gain access. Close them off… It is the only thing that will stop them from coming back!

How to Get Rid of Rats in The Garage

Why do rats like the garage?

Rats like the garage as it is a good source of food, water, and shelter. The primary need here that the garage provides to these rodents is shelter, but the garage offers proximity to the other two needs, food and water, making it a perfect nesting location for rats.

The cracks on the walls and ceiling offer them access to the different parts of the house where they can easily access food and water in plenty.

Basically, they can hide out in the garage until you are asleep, then they get into your home to look for food!

How to Get Rid of Rats in The Garage in 5 Steps

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Clean The Garage

Rats flourish in dirty environments, and since most people are reluctant to clean their garages often (like me), it offers an ideal home to the rodents. It is not an area that is visited by folks too often, which adds to the security a rat will feel.

It is wise to ensure that you rid your garage of any trash and clutter, reducing the comfort and security for the rats.

If possible, clear out the entire garage one item after the other as you identify what is still relevant and what you no longer need. Once everything is out, clean the whole garage with detergent and get rid of all cobwebs as well.

Be sure to dust off the items you store in the garage. You can donate what you don’t need or sell them instead. Make a little money while eliminating rats, a win-win for you!

Cleaning your garage will also result in clearing a few food sources away too.

Baiting With Poison

One of the primary reasons why you have rats in your garage is easy access to food. Use this against them as rat bait! This time, add in some poison too.

Baiting has proved to be a very effective way of ridding your garage of rats.

As soon as your garage is clean (tip 1), set your bait down with the poison in. Using rat poison can be dangerous, so please be careful!

While placing the baits, ensure you wear gloves to prevent them from detecting any human scent, which makes them refuse to take the bait.

Whilst using poison is something that I would do as a last resort, it is an effective way of killing them. I always use humane traps to contain the rat whilst the poison takes hold. That is a responsible way of using rat poison because it will protect your local environment.

Using Traps

Traps are poison-free (unless you load it up with poison of course!) However, you need to note that rats have an efficient survival mechanism. It sounds unbelievable, but rats have been known to avoid traps when they realize they are traps!

For this reason, you must find specific locations where the rats cannot escape the traps. Always place the traps in rat runs and give them very little space around the trap. The other thing is to ensure that you use food bait for the rats in the traps, such as cheese, to attract the rats towards the trap.

Be sure to wear gloves while setting the glue traps as well to avoid leaving any human scent.

Flood The Burrows

Even with cracks in the garage wall and ceiling, rats will sometimes dig a burrow while in the garage walls for shelter.

While you are inspecting your garage for rat invasion, you must identify the burrows.

The entrance to the burrow will be a hole in the ground. It may even be outside the garage. Check the local area thoroughly.

Flood these holes, to drown any rats inside, and have traps and baits in place in case they try to get away before drowning.

Get/Borrow A Cat

It is a bit of a drastic course of action however, getting a cat does keep rats away.

A cat is a natural predator for a rat, especially for small rats.

Not only will a rat chase all rats away, but it will also spray the entire garage to mark out its territory! A rat is likely to avoid the garage unless it is the very last resort.

Frequently Asked Questions


Use the 5 tips above if you want to know how to get rid of rats in the garage!

They work because I have used them multiple times in the past.

As always, prevention is much better than the cure. Seal off rat entry points, store food correctly, and keep your garage clean, and clear and rats will (hopefully) opt for someone else’s garage!

Good luck, and stay safe! Rats carry some very nasty diseases.

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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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