5 Things You Need To Know About Rat Control
- How big your rat problem is
- What really needs to be done to get rid of your rats
- How to keep rats from coming right back in
- Insulation replacement is a scam
- What we do to get rid of rats
How big is your rat problem?
Every aspect of your home should be inspected. There is never just one rat. If they’re in your home or garage – they’re probably in your sub area. You need to have your sub areas, attic and roof voids inspected, as well as your garage, and maybe even your interior. You need to know how they’re getting in, where they are nesting, and if possible, what they are eating. (They may be eating far away from your home – but it is a subject that should still be pursued.)
What really needs to be done to get rid of rats?
The average homes needs 20 to 30 rat traps put out in attics, sub areas, and garages – the more the better. Some homes may need exterior control stations. You need to keep the rats from getting into other food sources, like grass seed, bird seed, human or pet food. You need to know where all the possible access areas are and how to seal them up properly, and no, expanding foam doesn’t work.
Traps work great, if you put out enough, know how to use them, and do thorough and professional quality exclusion, however, you may need to use rodent bait for rats that have seen how rat traps work, rats are pretty smart, but if you have to put rodent bait out, it has to be put out in a way that absolutely cannot poison pets, kids, or wildlife.
How to keep rats from coming right back in
Hate spending money for nothing? Then close off all the current and potential access points, otherwise rats will move right back in. Rodents want to be where rodents have been. Once you have had rats, your home is now super attractive to future rats. If you don’t seal off your home – rats will always re-infest. The process of sealing off your home is a highly specialized construction process known as rat proofing or exclusion.
It may not be possible to fully control rats, if your home is not fully and properly rodent proofed.
Insulation replacement is a scam (our opinion)
We see homes that have had their insulation replaced multiple times, and they still have rats, $15-$20,000.00 later, because the companies who did the work, did sub standard rat proofing. In modern homes, little or no air in your home comes from the sub area. Homes change, the insulation you replace now, is only clean and new until the first rat moves back in. Leave a sub area door open on accident, let a tree limb grown over onto your roof three years later, or break a vent accidentally while you are mowing the lawn – bye bye $5-$10,000.00.
Sometimes, a home does need new insulation, it’s just not that common.
Please see our disclaimer about insulation replacement on our rodent proofing page as linked to above.
What we do to get rid of rats:
An initial full-home-inspection to find out all the activity areas, and all their current and potential access points.
A full rat control service, at the time of our initial inspection, putting out enough traps to kill all the rats you could possibly have, and more – just to be safe. Includes the installation of child, pet, and wildlife safe rat bait stations – if necessary, to control your rats.
Give you a list of all the current and potential rat access points and an estimate to close them all off, or directions, so you can do the work yourself if you want to.
A follow-up service in approximately two weeks to pick up any dead rats and do the build-out work, if you have approved it.
While we offer regular, ongoing service plans for many pests, for most residential customers, following the steps above will get them to zero rats (some homes will need a second follow-up service).
To keep our prices reasonable, all trips to a control site are charged, including trips to pick up the control materials. Some homes made need more treatments than noted above. We can’t tell how much it will cost to do the exclusion work for your home before our inspection.
A single pair of rats can have 6 to 10 sets of young, 6 to 10 times a year. When you figure that half the offspring are female, and capable of breeding in as little as 2 months – it is easy to see how literally hundreds and hundreds of rats could be living nearby, in your neighborhood, all needing food, all needing places to live. Exclusion is vital.
Some customers enjoy the peace of mind of regular quarterly inspection and control services, and we do offer follow-up programs for customers concerned with rat activity in their neighborhood. The follow-ups can be designed to cover ants, spiders, wasps, etc…
The WSDA requires that we remove all control materials or monitor them. We can help prevent future problems, monitor for rodent activity, and control other pests as well – for one low quarterly fee, ask your technician for details.
You can help us get rid of your rats. Read some good information on rodent prevention, which is a must for rat control.
What is rat proofing (exclusion) and why is it necessary to control rats?
Have your rat proofing performed by a professional rat exterminator using proven rat exclusion methods and materials.