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 removing rats that currently live within your property, we'll take preventive measures so that other rodents cannot invade through those entry points. 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 rodents can bring 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.
Bug-Off sent Alex to meet with me. Alex was friendly but very professional. He spent time going over, around and through my house. He then spent time explaining what he had found and how his company would handle my problem. He said he would have technicians out within the week. Bug-Off technicians Eric and Clay have been diligent in their pursuit of capturing the unwanted varmits. These two gentlemen are professionals. I know that my problems with unwanted creatures will be solved. Bug-Off stands behind their commitment to their customers. I highly recommend Bug-Off to any resident dealing with annoying varmits.
Rat extermination can vary in price. The pricing is based on the work that is required to exclude rats from the property and the size of the infestation. For example, if a mouse got in your kitchen then we could place some glue boards or traps out at no additional charge if you were a pest control customer. But, if you have roof rats getting in your attic then we may need to seal some entry points around the roofline and provide follow up trap checks until they are all removed. This can be a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars. We provide free quotes after an inspection.
Exterminators trap, poison, and exclude rats. Traps and poison can kill the rats which will reduce the population but it most likely will not make them go away permanently. Exclusion is necessary to seal the rats out. If they have made harborage and have access to food inside or outside then traps may not be active even when baited. By excluding the entry points you deny them access to the outdoors or indoors which increases the possibility of trapping.
Rodent proofing a house requires sealing all potential entry points. These entry points could be located around the roofline or chimney if the pest is a roof rat or tree squirrel. There could also be voids in the brick or block foundation if the pest is a norway rat, mouse, or ground squirrel. Using metal flashing, wire mesh screen, and hardware cloth can plug voids and does not allow rodents to chew threw it. You can also rodent proof the exterior around gardens or under porches by burying the wire mesh screen a foot deep which creates an underground wall.
Survival. Rats need food, water, and harborage for survival. Rats may be able to get water from a bird bath or dog bowl near the house. Rats may also be trying to escape a predator which could be a bird or reptile. By squeezing under that garage door they have now found a safe place to hide. Harborage or shelter is the most common reason rats come into houses.
The habit rats have of chewing poses a danger to humans and their structures. They gnaw on wood and plastic, leaving large holes in floorboards and walls. They can chew on wiring and create electrical hazards. Rats have front teeth that grow throughout their entire lives, so they must chew on things in order to keep them worn down.
One of the dangers of rat presence is the possibility of transmission of disease to humans. Rats can transmit disease if they scratch or bite humans as well as by leaving urine and droppings about the property. Humans can also get sick when rats contaminate countertops on which food is prepared or the food itself.
Rat control requires an integrated pest management approach that involves the following steps: Rodent Inspection, 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 work diligently on sealing any gaps around your structure that rats have been using to get in. We're skilled at working on and around roofs, in 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. 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, and have oversized front teeth. They can chew through wood, drywall, and wiring, potentially causing significant fire risk and damage to the structural integrity of your property. Further, if they urinate or leave droppings in your kitchen or living areas, it can contaminate your food. 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.