Where Rats May Be Hiding
Rats are very dependent on humans for their survival. They will come into buildings through tiny cracks and crevices in search of shelter, food and water. If these necessities are available to them, rats will take up residence indoors anywhere.
Rats will gnaw on pretty much anything; including your furniture, personal belongings and even the structure in which you live or work. They will eat your food and leave their droppings all over your property. They can transmit diseases through their bite, as well as their droppings and urine. They carry fleas and mites in their fur, which can also be dangerous to the health of you, your family and your employees.
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How Do I Get Rid of Rats?
Rats may be difficult to control because of their elusive nature and their ability to move fast, which is why our services include the necessary products and techniques to eliminate your rat infestation. It is also important to correct any environments that may be inviting to rats and other rodents.
A Plunkett’s technician will start by determining where rats may be entering the structure. From there, we can either seal off small access points or recommend repairs to close them off. We’ll also strategically place bait stations indoors and occasionally outdoors, along foundation walls and under decks. Our tamper-resistant bait stations contain rodenticide bait. We’ll take the necessary steps to wipe out your infestation and keep it from coming back.
How Can I Prevent A Rat Infestation
There’s no shortage of do-it-yourself rodent control measures available in hardware stores and over the Internet, but these methods are hardly ever completely effective and only destroy the rats that come out into the open. Do-it-yourself products may also contain chemicals that can be harmful to humans and pets if applied incorrectly.
For safe, effective rat control, contacting Plunkett’s Pest Control is your best choice.
There are several preventive measures to deter a rat infestation. The first step involves a building inspection. This can determine the extent of an infestation, location of possible shelter sites and entry points, and sources of food and water.
Proper sanitation is the best way to prevent rats and mice from becoming a problem. Some key steps that can be readily implemented are:
- Allow food in designated areas only
- Don’t leave food in lockers
- Remove paper clutter
- Remove trash regularly
- Store pet food, snacks, or grass seed in tightly sealed containers
- Routinely clean areas around vending machines, refrigerators, and dumpsters
- Fix leaky or “sweaty” pipes
- Keep areas around sinks and toilets dry
- Consider a waste disposal company that takes charge of cleaning the dumpsters.
- Rodent proofing, or exclusion, is another preventive measure
- Install springs on external doors so that they close immediately. Never prop open doors or windows!
- Cover vent pipes with hardware cloth secured with wire
- Weather strip doors and windows
- Move all items off the floor and away from the walls
- Replace vegetation with gravel around at least a one-foot perimeter of the building
- Fill in small holes with steel wool or caulk and seal larger holes around pipes, utility lines, and vents with 1/4-inch hardware cloth, 19-gauge or greater sheet metal, plaster, or mortar
Our Rat Control Process:
Our process includes a thorough evaluation inspecting both the interior and the exterior of the building, looking for evidence of rats; damage, nests, feeding trails; holes, gaps and openings exploited by rats as entry routes; burrows near buildings and outbuildings; and potential food sources that may be attracting rats.
We will close holes and gaps that can be sealed on the spot, using compressed copper mesh. Any larger repairs that need to be made in order to keep your property rat-free, will be recommended.
If needed, we will apply rat baits in inaccessible locations and/or in tamper-resistant bait stations, with our primary consideration being the safety of our clients, their children and pets.
We will schedule and perform at least one follow-up visit, to ensure that all rat activity has ceased; remove any uneaten bait; and remove dead rats.
Rat Control With Plunkett's
At Plunkett’s, our goal is to help you quickly, conveniently, and in the most cost-effective way. We make every effort to be with you the same day or the very next day.
The two rat species that tend to infest homes and businesses are Norway rats and Roof rats. Both species of rats are considered commensal rodents, meaning they live in close association with humans.