Get Rid of Rats in the Back Yard

rat in houseBackyards make attractive nesting prospects for rats because they offer plentiful access to both food and shelter. The pests are opportunistic feeders and will not hesitate to pilfer food from gardens, outdoor trash cans, and pet feed that’s been left out. Furthermore, as the pests are agile runners, jumpers, climbers, and swimmers, they are able to navigate residential lawns with ease. Popular backyard nesting sites include brush piles, overgrown shrubberies, abandoned squirrel nests in trees, unused sheds, and garbage piles.

Signs of Rats in the Backyard

Since the pests damage property and cause health concerns for humans, it is important to detect and eliminate rats in the yard before they make their way inside houses. Look for rats running across the ground, cables, fences, and tree branches near dusk. Property owners may also find small cylindrical fecal pellets where rats nest and feed, in places like trash cans and garbage piles. Rats regularly take the same paths to and from their nests and feeding areas, which creates visible runways of trampled vegetation. Finally, their tiny feet may also leave tracks in dirt or mud.

Dangers & Removal

Contact professional pest control services at the first sign of rats in the backyard. Attempting to remove the animals can result in injury, and bites and scratches leave property owners susceptible to diseases like rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, tularemia, and meningitis. Additionally, armature trapping and baiting efforts can actually make rats wary and drive them inside homes to escape threats. The pest control experts at Trutech have the tools and experience to protect residential areas from the health and safety hazards brought on by rats in the yard.

Related: I Have Rats in My Backyard


I would like to have a technician come to my home to give me a proposal for controlling rats that have come into my yard. They are not in the house yet, but I wish to discuss possible preventive measures.

-Grayson, GA


We would start with scheduling a full inspection of the home and property. Just because you haven’t seen or heard rats, that doesn’t necessarily mean they haven’t made entry into the home, so an attic assessment is required, along with the exterior inspection. If rat activity is found, interior trapping would be required, along with exclusion of any exterior entry points on the home. If there isn’t any current rat activity then exclusion is still recommended to keep the attic clear.

As far as controlling the rats coming into the yard, an exterior rodenticide treatment would be required using rodent bait stations placed around the home and maintained on a monthly basis.