Mouse and Rat Removal
You will find a lot of bad
information and bad technique when it comes to rat and mouse
control. Many lazy companies use poison, because it is a
low-effort activity, and because it never really solves the root
of the problem, it allows a pest control company to keep coming
back to your house year after year. But we will solve your rodent
problem PERMANENTLY, within a week. The secret lies in the home
inspection and repairs. We inspect every inch of your house, and
find every possible hole that rodents can use to enter the house.
We seal the holes shut with steel repairs. Then we simply trap
& remove the rats/mice inside the house, and the problem is
solved forever. No worthless poisons, no dragging it out for
COMMON PROBLEMS: Rats and Mice thrive in urban
areas, and very commonly live inside houses, in the attic,
walls, and other areas. They often enter the house and
scavenge for food. They can chew on electrical wires, they
reproduce very quickly, and they can fill an attic with
thousands of droppings, and spread diseases. You will likely
hear them scurrying and scratching in the ceiling or walls at
night. They cause some of the following problems:
- Living, nesting, and breeding in the attic of a house.
- Scampering up and down the walls inside a house.
- Entering the living space, such as the kitchen, and
chewing or eating food.
- Chewing on electrical wires (fire hazard) or pipes (flood
- Leaving behind hundreds or even thousands of droppings in
the attic or house.
- Risk of diseases, such as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome,
Murine Typhus, Rat-bite fever, Salmonella, Leptospirosis,
POISON-FREE MOUSE AND RAT CONTROL: Poison is a
horrible approach to rodent control. This is the most
important single thing for you to know regarding a rat or
mouse problem. Poison is a lazy and inneffective approach.
It's meant to make long-term profits for pest control
companies, at your expense.
- Poison never kills ALL the rodents - more just keep coming
into the building.
- Poison leaves dead, rotting, rodents in your attic and
walls, and it STINKS!
- Poison is far less humane than instant-death lethal snap
trapping, if you care.
- Poison is a temporary and incomplete approach - it never
addresses the root cause of the rodent problem.
Luckily, we can solve your mouse or rat problem PERMANENTLY,
usually in less than a week. You will never have rodents inside
your house again, and we give a guarantee on our work, and
you'll never have to see us, or the rats/mice ever again.
HOW DO WE DO IT? The key is to inspect every last
portion of your house, inside and out, find out how the
rodents are getting in, and seal those areas shut with
non-chewable stee. Repairs are a crucial step in the mouse and
rat removal process. In all cases, sealing the entry holes
shut ensures that no future rodents will ever enter your home.
Entry hole repairs are absolutely necessary during the process
of removing rats and mice. These vermin usually have many
entry holes into a house. It is futile to attempt trapping
them until all the entry holes are sealed FIRST. Only then is
it effective to trap and remove the rodents inside the
attic/house, and it is surprisingly easy to do so once they
are not able to follow their normal routes outside.
- 100% of the entry holes must be found, and sealed shut, or
the job is not complete.
- Our repairs are professional contractor grade, and we use
steel, which rodents such as rats or mice are unable to chew
- We give a written guarantee on our repairs against any
future rodent entry.
ATTIC DECONTAMINATION & OTHER SERVICES: In some
situations, it may be desirable to clean your attic after
you've removed rats and mice from the space. They can leave
behind large amounts of droppings, urine, hair, oils, food,
nesting material, and so on. These remnants can attract
insects like cockroaches, and the scent left behind can
encourage new rats and mice to attempt to chew or break their
way into your house. You might also experience odor problems
from the waste. It's possible or likely that mold will grow on
the areas of feces and urine, and urine can damage wood or
sheetrock. Some of the mold can potentially cause diseases
that people can catch, and some of the feces themselves can
cause diseases, such as Salmonella or Leptospirosis. It's also
adviseable to repair any torn ductwork in an attic, along with
any torn pipe insulation or chewed electrical wires.
- We remove or vacuum all droppings, or remove all the
- We fog the attic with a special enzyme-based cleaner that
destroys any organic matter and deodorizes the space.
- We repair damage, such as ductwork, electrical wires,
pipes, insulation, and more.
The above is just a brief explanation of some of our mouse and rat
removal and control methods. I haven't even addressed the dozens of
other potential cases that we deal with, from live rats or mice in
the house or in a car, to dead mouse and rat removal, etc. I will
describe some additional mouse and rat information below, but just
give us a call any time, and we can describe in detail how we will
resolve your specific mouse and rat problem in your town.
Learn more about whether or not rats dig holes
. We also have advice about keeping rats out of your garden
, as well as your garbage
. If you already have rats on your property, we highly recommend using one-way exclusion funnels to remove rats without trapping them
, as well as provide a list of all of the equipment that is needed to trap a rat
. (Read here an analysis of glue traps for rats
and learn why we find them to be inhumane.) We can even answer How do you remove a rat stuck in a dumpster
as well as whether or not Do dogs keep rats and mice away?
. There are plenty of good reasons to get rid of rats quickly - read here about whether or not rat feces is dangerous to touch or breathe
as well as What diseases do rats carry
More information in the articles below:
How To Get Rid of Rats
- Tips and
steps for getting rid of rats.
methods for how to keep rat away from your property.
How To Trap a Rat
- Methods for catching
rat in cage traps.
Rat in the Attic
- Info about what to
do if you have rat in the attic.
How to Kill a Rat
- Does poison work to
kill rat? Is killing rat the best approach?
Rat in Your House
- Tips on how to get
a rat out of hour house.
- Pictures of rat poop and
info about danger, and diseases from rat droppings.
- Analysis of various
rat deterrents and repellent products.
What Bait Catches Rat
- What kind of
food do you put in a trap to catch a rat?
Rat on the Roof
- If you hear scratching
on the roof, and think it's a rat.
- What are the available
types of rat poison? Are they legal?
- Removal of a dead rat in the
house or on the property.
Diseases from Rat
- Analysis of what
kinds of diseases rat can carry and cause in humans.
- Information about rat pee,
and the dangers or diseases of rat urine.
Rat in the Walls
- What to do if you
hear rat in the walls, scratching.
Biology of Norway rat
What attracts rats?
Humane mouse traps
An analysis of inhumane glue traps for mice
How to keep mice out of my garden
How to keep mice out of my garbage
What kind of damage do mice cause in an
Do mice chew on wires?
How to get mice out of the attic
What if a house mouse got inside my house?
How to use one-way exclusion funnels to
What diseases do mice carry?
What is a house mouse’s natural diet?
What can mice chew through?
What can mice climb?
Are cage traps a good option for mice?
What attracts mice?
Do mothballs or ammonia help repel mice?
What is a rat’s natural diet?
Do rats destroy insulation in an attic?
How to find and remove a dead rat
What kind of damage do rats cause in an attic?
What can rats climb on?
How do I clean rat feces out of my attic?
What do rats chew?
Do rats eat cheese? Do they like it?
What should I do with a rat after I catch it?
Do cats keep rats and mice away?
Are cage traps a good option for rats?
Biology of Black Rat
What is the best bait to trap a rat?
What should I do if I find a nest of rats in the attic?
How to get rid of rats in the attic
What animals do rats kill?
Do mothballs or ammonia help repel rats?
Will animal services help with a rat issue?
Do rats chew on wires?
What do wildlife rehabilitators do with do with rats?
How to get rats out of a wall
Which is easier to trap - mice or rats?
Do more rats live in urban areas or wild areas?
Is it legal for me to trap a rat?
How rats communicate using pheromones
Can rats swim?
Do relocated rats survive?
Will a strobing light or high pitch sound deterrent machine work on rat?
What are the types of rat snap traps?
How big do rats get?
What are some symptoms of sick rat?
What to do about a trap-shy rat?
What to do about a rat on the roof
Will repellents get a rat out of the attic?
Where should I relocate a trapped rat?
Will a pest control company remove a rat?
North American Rats Biology and Information
There are two very common rats that are found in the United States,
the Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), and the Black rat (Rattus
rattus) sometimes called the Roof rat. Both of these animals have
the same characteristics yet live in different climates. The Norway
rat is slightly bigger and therefore stays closer to the ground,
while the Black rat will be seen in trees, attics, and high rise
- Rats are omnivores which mean that they will eat
just about anything. They are not picky eaters and will eat on
anything that is available. They love human food which is why the
rats live in close proximity to people. Adults will eat up to
fifteen grams a day, and drink about the same amount in water. Their
often like to live near water because they can get a lot of food
from it. The rats will also feed on birds and insects. These
omnivores are very hardy and are considered very difficult to get
rid of. They are considered a health hazard since their blood can
carry so many different types of bacteria. Rats are known to be
aggressive not only with their own kind, but with other animals, as
well as humans, and have been known to bite when confronted.
Life Cycle and Reproduction
- Rats have a short life span of
about one year in the wild, but can live up to two or three years in
ideal environments. Although rats are agile and can escape very
quickly, they are a source of food for many small animals. They have
many predators, but especially owls and cats in domesticated areas,
and foxes, coyotes and weasels in open areas. These pests can have
up to eighty babies which is why an infestation of rats is hard to
get rid of. They are capable of mating within the first six to eight
weeks of their life and can have up to twenty four babies in a
litter. There is no breeding period but they can have babies year
round. The female has a gestation period of 28 days and can get
pregnant immediately afterwards. Most females will begin the process
of nesting right after becoming pregnant and will stay close to
their home until after the weaning period which is about four weeks.
- These very resilient creatures will borrow for long
distances from the habitat to their food source to avoid their
predators. These tunnels can run four feet deep and several yards
away. Rats can scale walls, walk on telephone wires and swim in open
water, so they will nest just about anywhere and still be safe. Rats
are found in deserted buildings, barns, as well as, holes in walls
and attics. Their nests are usually material that has been shredded,
and can be anything from sticks to plastics to whatever they can
find. It is not uncommon for a nest to have up to sixty rats in one
location. Rats are nocturnal and find their food at night, then
sleep during the day.
Common Diseases These Animals Can Spread
- Rats are able to
carry more viruses and bacteria in their bloodstream than any other
known rodent. Because of this, the diseases that the rat can carry
are very dangerous to humans as well as pets. Rats are the
mainstream transporter of disease in the world with such pathogens
such as the bubonic plague, Weil’s disease and more. They are
especially known to carry that strep bacterium that can cause severe
diseases in humans such as pneumonia.
Common Nuisance Complaints
- There are major complaints when
it comes to rats. They can contaminate food with their droppings and
urine. The habit of gnawing on anything can destroy property and
sometimes cause a fire risk. Rats can destroy plant life with their
burrowing and eat vegetables from a garden. They carry deadly
diseases that can harm people. Their nests can become infested with
rats into such high numbers they can take over a whole area.
Although the methodology is pretty much exactly the same as for
rats, I have written a specific Mouse Removal
page with more information.