Rats often cause electrical fires in buildings by gnawing through plastic electrical junction boxes. Rats must constantly gnaw on hard objects to cut back their constantly growing incisor teeth. In addition, they live in the most unsanitary places, and are carriers of serious health risks to humans from their droppings and constant incontinence (they use urine trails to find their way in the dark).
There are two pest species of rats commonly found in domestic and commercial premises. The identification of each species is essential to formulate an effective control program.
Where do they live and breed?
Rats and mice live in drains, under concrete, in sub-floors and in garbage refuse areas, in kitchens, roof voids, and other areas where a potential food and moisture source is available.
Rats and mice often become a serious problem in cold winter months when they seek food and warmth inside buildings. They may suddenly appear in large numbers when excavation work disturbs their in-ground nesting locations, or their food source is changed. For example, rats feeding in school premises may enter adjoining properties during the school holidays. Rats are commonly a problem where a building is located near waterways, creeks and canals or other places where ready water supply is available.
Pest Control for rats and mice: Professional knowledge of the rodents habits is essential to eradicate a problem. For example, rats avoid bait touched by human hand; they have an acute sense of smell.
Pest control options may include the use of sticky straps, mechanical traps and the selective use of the latest generation rat baits. Any rat baiting program should use safety dispensers placed in areas that are secure from access by children and pets – such as in a roof void and sealed sub-floor and/or storage rooms.
As a preventive measure, we recommend that all potential rodent entry points into the building be sealed to physically exclude rats and mice from entering the building. In some cases, this can be carried out by the home owner or a handy man. In more complicated domestic and commercial environments, the pest controller can provide specifications and carry out rodent proofing of the premises.
Sanitation / Housekeeping: Rodent pests thrive where food and water is readily available. All food sources should be kept in sealed containers or rooms. Garbage and refuse should be similarly stored. Water and food bowls for pets should not be left out at night as this will encourage a rodent infestation in the building.
The cost of obtaining professional rodent control will vary depending on the size of the premises and the severity of the infestation as several visits may be necessary to monitor and replenish the bait stations. Applicable service warranties may also vary depending on the circumstances.
Rodent Control Services:
The first step in rodent control is a thorough inspection of your home. Our Wildlife Team will identify any current infestations, points of entry, and customize a treatment plan to trap rodents and prevent future rats from invading your home.
In order to control an existing rodent infestation, our Wildlife Team will use various methods to trap the rats. Trapping requires careful application so that the appropriate baits are used and they’re located in areas most likely travelled by the rodents.
Once existing rodents are under control through baiting and trapping methods, our Wildlife Team will perform rodent exclusion to prevent future rats from getting back into your home. We’ll determine points of entry after the initial inspection, and seal any holes or cracks in and around your home. Common places rodents enter are through eaves on the roof, vents, electrical and plumbing holes, and around doors and windows. Since rats can fit through extremely small spaces, this step is crucial in successful rodent control.
Cleaning Rodent Contamination
Rodents should be cleaned up after carefully to avoid spreading disease. Eliminate any food sources that could be contaminated. Food storage is critical, including pet food. Leaving any type of food source available will encourage rodents nesting in your home. Droppings and urine should be cleaned immediately once found. If rats have been nesting in your attic, your insulation should be removed and replaced. Our Wildlife Team will make any recommendations necessary to control and prevent rodent infestations as each situation varies.
Call us today at (423) 877-0111 or contact us to request a rodent control quote.