Use recommended poison for roof rats, securing bait in a Personal Use Bait Station (PUBS) or a commercial bait station which keeps pets, wild birds and children safe.
A quick electrical shock instantly kills the roof rat, best used in attics and around the home. To order, visit cheapzappers.com.
"Have-a-heart" traps will catch live roof rats. Rats need to be exterminated and not moved from the subject property. Maricopa County Vector Control (602) 506-6616 may pick up any captured live rats upon request only when staffing allows.
Not effective for adult roof rats, though this method does work for mice and rodent young.
STROBE LIGHT AND ULTRASONIC DEVICES
For the most part ineffective, these devices do not detour rats from an attic or storage space.
Snap traps (designed with a trigger mechanism) can be purchased at home improvement stores.
Snap traps (like those used for mice) are intended to be baited with a food source and to kill the rat as the rodent attempts to eat the bait. These traps must be emptied of the dead rodent and reset after each use. They are recommended for use only in areas where bait stations are not feasible, such as inside the home.
How to bait and deploy snap traps
Snap Trap Safety Precautions
Only place snap traps well away from children and pets
Use snap traps in any crawl space or attic. These mechanical traps are spring loaded and are constructed of wood or plastic. They can be purchased at most home improvement stores for a few dollars.
Snap traps come in two sizes (small and large). The small are for mice and the large are for rats.
Personal Use Bait Station (PUBS) Instructions
The bait station is ideal for people who have lush landscapes, unpicked citrus, pecan trees, figs, date palms, pomegranates, apples, peaches, apricots, as well as any human or animal food source. The roof rats are attracted to these areas because of water, food, or shelter and are prone to take the poison bait. Please see the Bait Station page for more information about placement, monitoring, and where to obtain bait, etc.
PUBS and Poison Bait Safety Precautions
Rodenticide Used: Bromadiolone
Bromadiolone Toxicity Levels:
Over the Counter Bait
"Just One Bite" or any anti-coagulant containing the active ingredient "bromadiolone" can be purchased at local livestock feed stores.
Safety Precautions: Handling dead rats, rat droppings, and nesting areas