Rats are never welcome into the home, and as soon as we realize that they’ve invaded, we do our best to get them out as fast as possible. Let’s take a closer look at how long it takes to remove rats from the home.


Traps are often the go to solution when dealing with rats, and they can either take a long time or they can get the job done quickly, depending on a few factors. If you have a small rat infestation, the traps will make quick work of the rodents, taking up to a few days to get rid of them. However, if there is a medium infestation, the control process will take much longer, and for large infestations, it’s not really recommended to use traps.

With that being said, it can take anywhere from a few days to a week when tackling a rat infestation using traps. This is because rats have neophobia, meaning that they are afraid of anything that’s new in their environment, and they will need to get used to the traps being there before they approach them. Traps also have the added benefit of keeping the dead mice in place, making the cleanup process much easier.


Poisons can be a lot faster than traps, especially when dealing with large infestations. Rats will be much more likely to eat the poison than they are to approach a trap, so the process will probably take around a week to kill off an entire infestation. Poisons also do not have to be cleaned up and re-set, which increases the speed of the control process. However, their main drawback is that the rats can often die in hard to reach areas, such as inside of wall voids, and this makes the cleanup process more difficult.

Working with a pro

The best way to ensure that the control process goes as fast as possible, is to work with a pest control pro. It’s also the best way to ensure that the process is successful, because DIY efforts often fall short of the mark. A pro will be able to provide some extra services such as post-control cleanup or implementing some prevention measures, such as sealing the holes in the exterior of the home in order to stop rats from entering the home in the future. Contact us for more information on the rat control process or if you are currently dealing with a rat infestation that has to be removed.