How to Get Rid of Rats in a Thatched Roof

Rats are a common pest that can cause a variety of problems, especially when they infest a thatched roof. Thatched roofs are particularly vulnerable to rat infestations due to the nature of their construction, which can provide ample hiding places and entry points for these rodents. Not only can rats damage the thatch, but they can also pose a health risk to you and your family if left unchecked. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some effective ways to get rid of rats from a thatched roof.

Identify the Entry Points

Before you can get rid of rats from your thatched roof, you need to know how they’re getting in. Inspect the roof thoroughly to identify any entry points or holes that rats could be using to gain access. Common entry points include gaps between the thatch and the roof structure, damaged thatch, and holes in the roof.

Install Wire Mesh

Once you’ve identified the entry points, the next step is to seal them off. One effective way to do this is to install wire mesh over the holes and gaps. The mesh should be made of a strong, durable material that rats can’t chew through, such as galvanised steel. The mesh should be secured firmly in place to prevent rats from getting through.

Use Rat Poison

Another effective way to get rid of rats from a thatched roof is to use rat poison. There are many different types of rat poison available, but it’s important to choose one that’s effective and safe to use. Place the poison in strategic locations where rats are likely to find it, such as in their hiding places or along their regular routes.

Using Traps

There are many different types of traps available, including live traps and snap traps. Live traps are humane and allow you to release the rats back into the wild, while snap traps are more effective at killing the rats quickly. Place the traps in locations where rats are likely to travel, such as along their regular routes or near their hiding places.

Keep the roof clean

Keeping your thatched roof clean and tidy can also help prevent rats from infesting it. Rats are attracted to food, so make sure to keep any food waste or garbage away from the roof. Regularly sweep and clean the roof to remove any debris or nesting material that rats may be attracted to.


In conclusion, getting rid of rats from a thatched roof can be a challenging task, but it’s essential to prevent them from causing damage and posing a health risk. By identifying entry points, installing wire mesh, using rat poison, setting up traps, and keeping the roof clean, you can effectively get rid of rats and keep them from coming back. If the infestation is severe, it’s best to contact a professional pest control company to handle the problem.


Ideally though you want to make sure the rats can’t get into your thatched roof to begin with. The best way to do this is by making sure you get regular maintenance checks on your thatched roof. This will identify any potential damage that rats could get in through, as well as locating other potential entry points .

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