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Rat and Mouse Control
Rodent management, control, and elimination begins with a thorough inspection of the structure, building, or property needing such attention. Identifying your rodent "target" is an important step in deciding what procedure in control must be taken. Our inspection consists of a meticulous overview of the entire property.
Rats, cunning as they are sneaky, will find their way into your home at one time or another. Preventive maintenance although very important, is far from everyone's mind. To many people, the solution is off the shelf products, poisons, and baits. Unless administered properly, these can endanger non target pests, and cause more trouble than they are worth. When dealing with poisons or chemicals let the professionals handle it for best results. Rats are underestimated by most people; they are insect disease infested rodents and should be maintained under control. When left unattended they will turn your home into an insect, urine, feces, and disease breeding ground. Urine and feces infested attics can pose a great health threat to you and your family.
Rat proofing a home is the first step in exclusion. To do a proper job you must go where the rat goes, identify the main and all possible entry points. This begins with the Inspection. A thorough outside inspection must be performed to find all exterior entry points. Not all entries are seen from outside. One must go inside attics or crawl spaces to find the most important entries. These interior entries are often missed by most inexperienced technicians and even experienced technicians as well. Once the rodent has been removed and the area proofed, Decontamination is highly recommended to insure complete rodent control.
The fact about rats is that they are everywhere and not easy to control unless you are a professional. Specifications for rats can vary. The length of an average rat is from 6-18 inches (that's including their tail). Roof rats tend to be charcoal gray in color as compared to your Norway rat which is a brownish tan. Their diet consists of eating almost everything, but mostly prefer cereal grains, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits. They consume ½ to 2oz of liquid a day. These are nocturnal creatures, they eat and drink under the cover of darkness. They are loud and gnaw at anything they can. Rats have been known to cause electrical fires in homes by exposing electrical wires in attics. Rats are the cause of much damage and carriers of parasites and disease.
Mice are smaller and quicker than rats. Their small size allows them to squeeze through holes as small as 1/4 inch. despite their size they can cause tremendous damage to materials and contaminate food.
Your home has become the preferred breeding ground for most rats. They breed throughout the year. Producing as many as 4 litters a year, each litter is from 4 to 6 pups. Insulation in your attic makes perfect nesting quarters for rats. Accumulated rodent urine and feces in attics can pose serious health risks.
Among the diseases rats may transmit to humans or livestock are murine typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, salmonellosis (food poisoning), and ratbite fever.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS): Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
(HPS) is a
deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings, or saliva.
Humans can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus. HPS was first
recognized in 1993 and has since been identified throughout the United States. Although
rare, HPS is potentially deadly. Rodent control in and around the home remains the
primary strategy for preventing hantavirus infection. This is just one of the many potential
Health hazards related to rats More diseases and info.
Rat and Mouse Control Services
Our inspection consists of a meticulous overview of the entire property. Looking for every single possible entry point and damage that rats have done to your home! Many untrained technicians tend to miss entry points simply because their inspection was not thoroughly done!
In our rat proofing, we find and seal off all access points that rats may use. Whether it be a chewed hole or a building imperfection we will find it and repair it. To the left you see a perfect example of an entry point missed by previous companies because the inspection was not thorough.
Body oils pheromone scents and not to mention their disease infested urine and droppings are things left behind by rats. These scents and droppings can attract future rodents. Clean attics will deter future rats and protect your health.
Rat trapping and removal
Our entire rat proofing is preceded by the trapping of all rats sealed inside your attic, crawl space or home and removal of them once caught. Rat trapping isn't simply setting traps down. Positioning of traps is vital for a success in winning this battle. Being sure traps are set in the rat's path and in the direction of travel. Identifying the direction of the path of travel is important and often only identifiable by a trained technician. When baiting the snap traps be sure not to contaminate bait with human scent. Doing so might render the snap trap useless. Rats are cautious when the scent of humans is near and if contaminated they might not approach it. When removing dead rats be cautious, wear appropriate intact rubber or plastic gloves. As it is well documented that rats carry many infectious diseases: Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), Maurine typhus, Rat-bite fever (RBF) Leptospirosis.
Body oils, pheromone scent and not to mention their disease infested urine and droppings are all things left behind by rats. These scents and droppings left behind by rats can attract future rodents. Clean attics will deter future rats and save your health. As you well know, rats carry many infectious diseases. Further more, they urinate and leave droppings that are prone to develop fungus aerosolized viruses. The unsanitary conditions that rats leave may pose a threat to you and your family's health. Special care must be taken when dealing with rat urine and feces. Gloves, respirators, and biohazard suits must be worn when handling rat waste to prevent contamination. All contaminated insulation and feces must be removed from attics. Vacuuming of an attic must be done with a .03 micron Hepa filter vacuum. Then the attic can be sanitized and deodorized.
In our rat proofing we find and seal off all access point that rats might have. Whether it be a chewed hole or a building imperfection. We will find it and repair it. Many companies claim they are the best at finding and solving these problems. We know better, after all we end up fixing many mistakes made by others. Understanding that rats are sneaky and great contortionist will help you find their entry points. Our years of experience have taught us never to underestimate the cunningness of the rat. Standard rules say a rat fits into a quarter size hole or ½ inch hole. Experience has told us rats don't care what size the hole is, after all they can always make it bigger. Standard rules are for standard companies. We are not your standard company, we go above and beyond to solve your problems.
Rats and Mice Gallery
This is a collection of photos taken by our technicians to show you in detail the problems residential, industrial, and commercial customers have faced.
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Rat Control - Garage
A garage is full of food and shelter--a rat's haven. Properly proofing and securing food in strong containers was the first step in this rat control job.