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Founder and President of Automatic Trap Company, Blair Calder, is a serial entrepreneur with a strong commitment to providing pragmatic solutions that help combat the rodent control issue through the distribution and sale of automatic rat and mouse traps that are humane, toxin-free, automatically resetting, and dispatch one pest after another providing less suffering and a better world.
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5 Natural Predators Of The Rat


Many people often ask us, “What animals naturally eat rats?” While there are a plethora of rat predators out there, the domestic options are not as effective as many people think. So before you put Fluffy to work eradicating your rodent problem, check out our list to learn about the most prolific predators of the rat, excluding humans of course.

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How To Tell If Your Dog Ate Rat Poison

No matter your reasoning for using rat poison, the health and wellness of you and your dog comes first. Dogs are naturally curious creatures. Accidents can and will happen when using rodenticides.

If you are concerned that your canine may have gotten a bit too curious, please take a moment to read through our guide to find what symptoms to look for and what you can do to protect your pup from future accidents.

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Clear Signs That You Have A Rat Problem

It almost does not matter where you live or work, whether in the city, in the suburbs or out in the rural country: You may find yourself dealing with rodent problems from time to time. 

There are specific reasons for this, some of which you can do something about to avoid a rat infestation in the first place.

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How Rat Poisons Can Harm Other Animals

Getting rid of a rat infestation with poison will reduce their population but at a tremendous cost to other living things, from the most inconsequential insect to pets and children. Because of the drugs that manufacturers use to eradicate rodents, the risks of secondary poisoning when using poisoned baits for rats are high. Even though it’s legal to use poisonous baits for rats, history can teach us a lesson about the long-term risks regarding the now outlawed DDT.

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Best Baits You Can Use to Trap Rats

One of the biggest frustrations in trying to trap rats is identifying the right bait for the job at hand. We often hear people say they’ve tried it all, but have had little luck in reliably attracting rodents to a trap.

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5 Keys to Rat-Trapping Success

For homeowners across the country, one of the most frustrating aspects of having a rat problem is how challenging it can be to effectively get rid of these rodents. We’ve heard from countless people who have struggled for weeks, months, or longer to get rid of rats using snap or glue traps, poison, and other techniques. But it seems that no matter how hard they try, and how many supplies they purchase, those pesky rodents keep returning.

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How to Identify What Type of Rat You Have


If you’re experiencing a rat problem, it’s understandable that you want the creatures out of your home as quickly as possible. If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably assumed that all rat traps are basically the same—right?

You might be surprised to learn that there are actually more than 50 subspecies of rats, each with its own physical characteristics, behavioral traits, and in many cases, specific diet. Understanding some of the most common types of rats can help you to identify what kind of rat you’re dealing with—which can go a long way toward ridding your home of them for good.

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3 Ways a Mouse Can Kill You


When it comes to household pests, mice often rank low on a homeowner’s list of top fears. After all, things like rats, centipedes, and raccoons certainly bring to mind a lot more “ick” factor than a small, pink-eared mouse. But don’t be fooled: Regardless of their size and perceived cuteness, mice actually can be deadly to humans.

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4 Ways a Rat Can Kill You


Rats are more than just an annoyance. They can cause irreversible damage to your property—and even kill you. How? Not for the faint of heart, here are four ways a rat can kill you and what you can do to avoid that outcome.

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5 Animals Used For Rodent Solutions


Humans and rodents have lived in relatively close quarters for centuries. On occasion, as they do today, the rats or mice would get a little too close for comfort, and the humans would have to take steps to reclaim their space.

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