Owner Mike Maynard talks rat trapping and removal with Fox 13 News. An informative look inside commercial and residential rat problems.
Friends, only 2 rats can create over 1500 more rats in a year. JUST those two rats. Their offspring can create even more!
So if you see rats around your home or business, nip that problem in the bud now!
Did you hear that?
That tiny, squeaking, scratching noise in your wall? Or overhead in your ceiling? That tiny noise that gives you the creeps and won't let you sleep at night for fear of something suddenly appearing in your bed? And yes, if you are hearing that noise mostly at night, then you probably have a rat. Or two. Or even dozens.
Did you know that a female rat can go into heat days after she has a litter? As a result, just a few rats can grow into an infestation in no time. Rats do not like to be out in the open because of predators. They prefer dark, warm, safe places to hide such as your attic or walls. So by the time you actually see a rat, all the good places to hide in your home are probably full of his cousins. Rats are kind of like potato chips. You probably won't have just one!
Several factors determine the cost to remove rats. Most rodent, mice,
and rat removal and control jobs will require trapping and repairs to
prevent the rodents from returning. Rat, mice, or rodent removal cost
will be based on how severe the problem is and how much work is required
to repair the damage done.
Many pest control operators will “treat” a rat problem with poison. This
solution will work, but it does nothing to prevent a future rodent
problem. Another thing to consider is that It is very common for rats or
rodent to die within your home after they eat the poison. This can lead
to bad smells from a dead rodent in your attic, under the house, or in
Rodents make up the largest single group of mammals on earth — one-third of the earth’s total mammal population! They include Norway rats, roof rats and house mice. They are referred to as “commensal rodents” because of their intimate relationships with humans. These rodents live off humans and animals without returning anything of worth. What they do return is the potential for serious problems.
Most professionals in the wildlife industry consider rats to be some of
the most dangerous and destructive animals to have on your property.
These types of rodents are known for their excessive chewing which helps
to regulate the size of their teeth. Common items they chew on in your home are air conditioning duct work, wiring, wood, metal and plastic pipes, and concrete.
It is not uncommon to find rats and mice living in the same area. However, it is less common to find Norway rats and roof rats occupying the same area. The Norway rat is much larger and more aggressive, and can drive away roof rats.
Did you know that a rat's bite is stronger per inch than the bite of a great white shark? The strength of a rat's bite can be up to 12 tons (24,000 pounds) per square inch. However, the bite of a great white shark is only around 2 tons (4,000 pounds) per square inch.Rats can chew through anything that's not harder than their teeth!
Norway rats are omnivores. This means they can prey on both plants and animals. As predators, these rats are very opportunistic. The Norway rat will readily accept fresh meat and fish. They usually prefer a bait higher in protein and fat than their normal diets. These rats also like peanut butter, apples, and doughnuts. Norway rats are gluttons and accept a greater variety of baits than do roof rats. Also, they are not as wary about new objects or food in their territory as is the roof rat. This makes them a little easier to bait and trap.
The Norway rat can breed through the year if conditions are suitable. A female can produce up to 12 litters in a year. The gestation period is only 21 days, and litters can number up to fourteen. Norway rat populations can grow very quickly. These rats live in large hierarchical groups, either in burrows or places such as sewers and cellars. When food is in short supply, the rats lower in social order are the first to die.
Rats are nocturnal and generally you will not see them in your home unless you have a very large infestation. If rats are in your home, you will find gnaw marks on food containers, utility lines and pipes, dry wall, furniture, and other objects. You will also see grease stains on walls as the rats move along them while traveling through your house. The best way to control rats is to close all access routes into your home. Make sure to seal cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation, and spaces around utility entrances.
The second best control method is to remove all shelter, food, and water. Make sure trash cans have secure lids and are located away from the outside of your home. Place garden areas a distance away from your home and fix leaky outdoor faucets. Pet food should be placed in plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Inside your home, keep food in sealed containers and clean up spills and crumbs as quickly as possible. Rats love your dog and cat food just as much as your pets do.
When you book Apex Wildlife Control for your rat, mice, or rodent
removal needs, we guarantee to solve your problem. The methods we use do
not merely consist of placing traps in your attic and hoping for the
best. To solve your rat removal problems, our company will completely
seal your property of any potential and actual entry points to ensure
you do not have a re-occurrence. Call us today to hear about our Best Deal Guarantee!
So if you have rat, mice, or rodent problems in your attic and are in need of a rodent removal expert, give us a call or send us an e-mail today. We’re here to help and look forward to serving you!