Rat infestations are regarded as a rather severe public health concern. Rats not only contaminate food and spread diseases, but they also chew through walls and electrical wiring, which is why they are the most hazardous of all the pests that can invade your business or home. It’s hard to believe, but rats are prolific breeders; they are highly adaptive and have incredibly brief gestation periods of only twenty to twenty-four days.
From perimeter zones and entry points to nesting sites and beyond, rat extermination companies serve to address the issue at every level. Thanks to a range of swift and effective methods at their disposal, these experts work quickly to neutralize the problem. Want to know what the potential cost is? HomeAdvisor has guidelines on their site that will give you an idea of what to expect.
To know whether you have a rat infestation at your home or workplace, check for signs like rat droppings or urine, scratching noises, remnants of rat nests, damaged vegetables and fruits in the garden, burrows in the garbage can, and so on. As each case is different, a rat exterminator will have to customize their methods to suits individual needs. In order to deal with the problem at every level, they use various countermeasures.
To start, a rat exterminator Tampa will do a meticulous inspection of your home or office building and the surrounding area, to detect evidence of rodent activity, possible entry points, and attractants. The main zones are those areas between the nest and food source.
Exclusion is a method by which the extermination company will locate any region of potential access and seal it up. They are skilled enough to find and address even the smallest hole or crack. They install products like door sweeps, caulking and so on, and seal all the gaps, thus preventing any rodents from getting back inside. Outlets of pipes or culverts must be screened in or covered with metal patches, or filled in with concrete or other type of fill.
Sanitation guidelines call for eliminating any food source such as garbage bins, leftover food or snacks, and even unwashed dishes. It also involves the elimination of all nesting areas like discarded furniture, abandoned vehicles, appliances and the like, that provide hiding spots for rats, and maintaining a clean, sanitary environment.
Sustained Monitoring and Maintenance
Rat exterminators don’t just stop once the problem has been solved. There are frequent visits to monitor your property and check all treatment products to gauge the success of the rodent control program and regulate as required. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources has good information on identifying and managing a rat infestations.
Baits and Traps
If needed, the company you hire may employ a combination of traps and particular rodenticides to aid in the control of rodent populations. When customers prefer not to use rodenticides or rat poisons, exterminators make use of manual traps along with bait. These traps avoid the possibility of decaying carcasses and odor problems. Whereas in commercial places like warehouses, restaurants, hotels, hospitals etc., rodenticides are used, as the infestation tends to be high and necessitates a more rapid elimination. The chemicals used in rodenticides are fatal to children and pets so they should never be used in residential areas.
Do your due diligence when looking for a good pest control company to handle your rat problem. A good place to start is by looking on Angie’s List for a reputable business with reviews. A search on Google will also turn up the top-rated companies in your area.