Prevent, Promote, and Protect your Health with the Lake County General Health District
(440) 350-2543
5966 Heisley Rd
Mentor, Ohio 44060


Rat Information flyer

Quick Rat Facts

  • Norway rats are brown rodents
  • 13-18 inches long, including the tail
  • Bear 6-12 young 4-6 times a year
  • Rats are good swimmers
  • Most rats live only one year
  • Live within 150’ of their home
  • Squeeze through a ½” hole
  • Good climbers and jumpers
What can I do to make my yard less attractive to rats?

  • Stack firewood 18” off the ground
  • Stop feeding birds
  • Keep bushes trimmed
  • Removed dog droppings daily
  • Get rid of clutter in the yard
  • Do not leave pet food outside
  • Do not compost meat or dairy products
  • Store garbage in cans with lids
  • Clean recyclables before storing
  • Remove water sources
  • Install sweeps on garage doors
Where do rats live?

  • Near food, water and shelter
  • Under wood or lumber piles
  • In bushes, vines and tall grass
  • Under rocks or landscaping features
  • In unused lawn furniture
  • Around trash and garbage
  • In or under sheds and garages
How do I eliminate rats?

  • Purchase several wooden snap traps
  • Bait with apple, bacon or peanut butter
  • Bait trap but do not set for a few days
  • Place trap in areas where rats are seen
  • Continue to trap until no rats are caught
  • Homeowner use of poison discouraged
  • Contact a professional for poison use
What food brings rats to my yard?

  • Improperly stored garbage
  • Storing unclean recyclables
  • Animal food stored improperly
  • Bird feeders
  • Dog and cat food bowls outside
  • Fruit and vegetables on the ground
  • Improperly managed compost piles
  • Dog droppings
  • Ponds, fountains and water hoses


What should I do if I see rats?


Notify your community administrative offices
Contact the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2543
Clean yard and remove food sources
Set snap traps to kill rats

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