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 years.
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 hazard).
- 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, and more.
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
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 through.
- 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 soiled insulation.
- 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.
How To Get Rid of Rats
- Tips and steps for getting rid of rats.
- Preventative 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?
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 buildings.
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.