Rats can be a major nuisance, they invade homes and offices looking for food, water, and shelter. Because they're so adept at hiding in small spaces, it can be critical to reach out for professional help. When you enlist our pest control service, we'll be able to closely inspect different areas of your property so that we can develop an understanding of how your problem has developed. We'll use our vast knowledge of the animals to come up with an effective, customized plan.
In addition to to removing rats that currently live within your cracks and crevices, we'll take preventive measures so that others can't invade your property. Rats can get into holes that are just the size of a quarter, so we'll seal up any gaps along your roofline, near your foundation, and along the exterior of your building. Since the rodents can bring with them fleas, mites, ticks, and lice, all of which can compound your problems, it's essential that you try to take care of the issue as soon as possible.
Rodent control requires an integrated pest management approach that involves the following steps: Rodent Inspections, Sanitation, Rodent-proofing (exclusion), Population reduction - trapping rodenticide. There are ten signs of rodents the professional looks for during a rodent control inspection: droppings; tracks; gnawing damage; burrows; runways; grease marks; urine stains; live or dead rodents; rodent sounds; and rodent odors. Droppings are the most commonly encountered signs of a rodent infestation. While rodents are active, they are regularly defecating. The Norway and Roof rat are the most commonly encountered.
Our pest control technicians are highly trained and deal with rats and mice on a regular basis. We're prepared to handle any situation, and you can feel confident in our ability to address the smallest or largest of problems. We understand how important it is to completely clean the infested area, as we don't want our clients to pick up any diseases that are associated with rats or mice. We'll bring the equipment needed to remove droppings, and we'll also work diligently on sealing any gaps in your structure that may be where rats have been getting in and out. We're skilled at working on and around roofs, insulation, windows, framing, attics, and basements. Instead of getting yourself in an unfamiliar and dangerous position, you can call on us.
Rats can adapt themselves to many environments, and some aspects of their behavior can vary. A city Norway rat may behave different than a Norway rat living in a barn. It is important to be cautious when attributing certain set habits to one species. The roof rat is a better climber than the Norway rat, but Norways also climb trees, utilize attics, and other aerial sites while roof rats will inhibit sewers and ground burrows.
There are over 2,000 species of rodents, and their unique habits may vary depending on the environment and their natural instincts. What rats do have in common is that they are made for chewing and gnawing, having oversized front teeth. They can chew through wood, drywall, and wiring, potentially causing significant fire risk and damage to the structural integrity of your walls. Further, if they urinate or put droppings in your kitchen or living areas, you could become ill and have your food contaminated. Rats and mice can reproduce rapidly, with some females having up to a dozen or more babies in one litter. That, along with the fact that their gestation period is only a few weeks, can be major cause for concern. Once a few rats get into your structure, you could find yourself with over a hundred rats in a short period of time.
If you think you may have a problem with rats or mice, it's a good idea to get things checked out by a professional. Call us to schedule a time when one of our pest control experts can come to your home or commercial building to assess your situation. If we notice any evidence of rats, we'll advise you as to the proper steps we’ll take to remove the rats and keep them out in the future.