Dead Rodent In Your Home In Memphis TN?

Do you think you may have dead rats in the walls of your home? Have you been smelling foul odors in your home even after you have cleaned and taken out the trash? If you have been hearing scratching noises there is a very good chance animals are in your walls or attic. When you do hear noises it is always best to get a professional to come and inspect your property. Keep a detailed log of when you hear the noises and where. If the noises you hear seem to stay in one place, then the animal may be stuck. If an animal does get stuck in a wall, it can die quickly from dehydration.

If you have dead rats in your home they will be much harder to find than a live one. Living animals make noises that allow us to track them. It's much easier to locate living animals than dead animal.

Dead animals can only provide a smell for us to follow. Make sure that you do not burn candles prior to our arrival. This can mask the scent and prevent us from locating the animal. We understand that you do not want to smell the animal. However, it is much easier to locate when we don’t have to compete with other strong scents.

An animal gaining access to your home is more common that you may think. Animals typically gain access to seek shelter, to mate, or nest. They may also be seeking shelter from other predators. This usually happens when there is an overabundance of wildlife. If you do have rats, then eventually you will have raccoons, snakes, and other wild animals who depend on rats as a food source.  Wild animals can tell by the scent of a rat's droppings if there is an abundance of rats, and they will do everything they can to get to this food source.  Even if it means tearing into your home!

Either way, this is bad news for you. Young rats can easily fall into crevices and get stuck. Once this happens it's easy for them to die inside of a wall. Plus rats can reproduce faster at an astonishing rate. Rats and mice breed all year long. A female can produce 7 litters a year and can have anywhere from 2 to 14 young in a litter. The gestation period for the female is around 21 to 26 days. She can mate again shortly after giving birth. Baby rats are born blind and furless and they grow rapidly. They can be weaned in just 3 weeks.  When they begin to crawl around, they can easily fall down through insulation into your walls.

Did you know that successful pair of rats can produce up to 1500 young in a single year?  And that's just those two rats!  Their offspring can produce even more rats. They commonly will live together in groups so it is easy for their numbers to become overwhelming. This is why you often hear people refer to it as an infestation. Their numbers can rapidly increase in a short amount of time.

At Apex we do offer after-hours and emergency services for additional fees. Once our technician arrives they will inspect and locate the area that the smell is the strongest in your home. Our technicians will inspect your attic and wall cavities as well.

If the technician is able to narrow down the rat's location, we drill tiny holes into the bottom of the wall. We then insert a boroscope camera to look and see if they can get a visual of the animal. The technician will spend up to 45 minutes searching for the deceased animal. (Clients may request additional searching time for an additional fee.)

Locating the animal is the tricky part, but once we find it everything is pretty easy and quick. We retrieve the dead rat from the wall by making the hole a little bigger and we clean up any remaining parts and put it in a bag to take with us. Finally, after all the clean-up is complete, we set up a deodorizing machine to emits an odor-neutralizing particle mist. Instead of smelling a horrible dead animal odor for weeks, we can have it neutralized typically within 24 to 48 hours.

If you continue to experience dead animals getting stuck in your walls, Apex Wildlife Control offers internal and external inspections for any wildlife problems you may be experiencing. One of our technicians will come out to your property and look in your attic to check for droppings. That helps us to verify the species in your home and see if there are more than one species. They will also check for chewed wiring, HVAC, and duct work damage, and see if you're insulation is stained. We take pictures of our findings so you can see the damage to your property and what we need to fix.

Afterward, the technician will start the exterior part of your inspection and look from the bottom of your foundation to the top of your roof for all possible and actual entry points. Once we have finished our inspection the technician will give you a quote showing all the work that needs to be performed to seal your property from wildlife reentry and how we will trap the wildlife that is currently on your property.

Rodents can carry several types of bacteria and germs that can make you and your family very ill.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) is a severe illness caused from exposure to the droppings or urine of deer mice that carry the virus. About 1- 5 hantavirus cases are reported each year in Washington State and about one third of the cases have been fatal. It is important to take precautions when cleaning up an enclosed space such as a shed, cabin or trailer where mice have nested or rodent droppings are present.  

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria called Leptospira that infects both humans and a wide range of animals. It occurs worldwide but is more common in temperate and tropical areas of the world. Some people infected with leptospirosis will have no symptoms at all, and some people will become severely ill. Some wild and domestic animals, such as cattle, pigs, dogs, raccoons, and rodents, carry the Leptospira bacteria and pass them in their urine. Soil or water contaminated with infected urine are the most common causes of human infection.

Plague is a serious infection of humans caused by a germ called Yersinia pestis. It is usually caused by the bite of a flea that has fed on an infected wild animal, such as a rat, chipmunk or prairie dog. It usually causes large sores and abscesses in the glands of the arms and legs. Dogs, and especially cats, can also become infected and can spread the disease to their human companions. People and domestic animals like dogs and cats could be bitten by infected fleas while traveling to other areas of the country. Plague is treatable with antibiotics.

Tularemia is a bacterial disease caused by Francisella tularensis and is most commonly found in wild animals (e.g., wild rodents, squirrels, rabbits, hares and beavers). People and their pets can become ill from tularemia by coming into contact with infected dead or ill animals through animal bites and exposure to contaminated blood or raw meat. Tularemia can also be transmitted by the bite of an infected arthropod (e.g. ticks, biting flies), exposure to contaminated water or soil, and inhalation of bacteria. One to 10 cases of tularemia in people are reported every year. To prevent exposures to tularemia, don't handle dead or ill animals; avoid animal bites, tick and deer fly bites; and avoid direct bare-hand contact with blood and raw meat from wild animals. Don't drink untreated water in areas where tularemia is known to occur in wild animals.

If we completely seal the property we can guarantee against re-entry. The way we seal and trap together we can guarantee the removal of the wildlife. Once we seal your home the animals must go to our traps for a food source.

We would love to hear from you and help you out with all your wildlife problems. All of our staff are very knowledgeable and can answer any of your questions. Knowledge is power and we never want our customers to feel powerless. We want to give you all the information necessary to make an informed decision. We appreciate your consideration and we hope to hear from you soon!

 So if you have a stinky little problem that you need removed, give us a call today!  Our skilled technicians are here to help!

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