The City of Peoria offers a Rat Abatement program at no cost to community members. To submit a request for Rat Abatement, call 309-494-8600 and provide your name and property address. The City of Peoria will notify a local exterminator and they will set bait around the outside of the property within one week.
Effective Strategies for Eliminating a Rat Problem
Starve Them Out
Remove pet foods and water immediately after feeding. Rats enjoy bird and pet food.
Rats will change your garbage to food if you don't keep it in rat-proof containers.
By City ordinance, you must keep it in a garbage container with a tight-fitting lid.
Build Them Out
Rat-proof by sealing the following checkpoints: doors, windows, foundations walls, and places where wires and pipes enter the building.
Seal all openings larger than 1/2 inch in diameter or rats may enter your home.
Elevate stored material at least twelve inches off the ground. Old appliances and furniture should be put out for garbage pick-up immediately.
The safest baits contain warfarin and similar substances such as pival, fumarin, or diphacin. Read the label before you buy. Set poison inside a covered box with end openings.
Traps can be an effective weapon against rats on the inside of buildings. Use fresh bacon, fish, or peanut butter as bait.