One of a San Diego home owner’s worst problems is to find that they have a rat problem. Due to the fact that they are little, they can creep through almost every hole and crack inside your home or business.
A rat or mouse infestation is a huge issue that really needs to be controlled and should not be taken lightly. They will certainly cause property damage by chewing wires, gnawing on pipes, damaging your attic, etc. They are a substantial health risk because of the scat they leave all over. They are known to bite and may carry a multitude of diseases.
Rat-borne disease spread in the home
The principal vector for rat-borne disease transmission to humans is through rat droppings. Rodents do not have a very civilized sense of waste elimination. They do not care where they use the restroom. The unfortunate outcome is that they frequently do so all over your home. This includes areas like your attic, counter tops, storage rooms, underneath furniture, inside walls and vents. Whenever feces builds up from any kind of kind of animal, the risk of disease transmission to human beings and pets skyrockets.
Rats Transmit Hantavirus
Rats can transmit the very contagious infection called the hantavirus. This disease is commonly transmitted to people when they enter into contact with rat droppings, pee, or nesting materials. This is one of the many reasons it is important to have a professional control your rat infestation. If you venture into a rat infested attic and mingle with animal waste, or you have a water leak that spreads through rat urine or droppings, the hantavirus can end up being aerosolized and enter your lungs with the oxygen you take in.
The hantavirus symptoms resemble that of the common flu: high temperature, muscle ache, fatigue, impaired breathing, chills, and so on. There is no known treatment for the hantavirus. If you contract this disease in this manner, it is essential to quarantine yourself from family and friends until the contagious period can pass (generally around 2 weeks).
Damage and Hazards Caused by Rats
Rats cause all types of destruction to your home. They have no problem tearing apart your roof, sheet-rock, and insulation. They do this because they are seeking food to eat, water to drink, and a risk-free and comfortable places to rest. Rats also have teeth that continue to grow throughout the course of their lives. They need to grind them down in order to survive, this process of grinding down their teeth can result in many forms of damage to your home. Below are the main sorts of damage and the risk that they cause:
- Chewing through water pipes: A Rat’s front teeth do not stop growing, so they need to ceaselessly grind them down. Rats will chew on steel pipes to grind their teeth down, and through PVC pipes to access water from the line. A control program reduces this risk.
- Water leakages: If you fail to control a rodent infestation, it’s no surprise that you could have a dripping pipe or a full blow wet spot forming in your home.
- Chewing through wires: Wires are an additional vulnerable target for Rats with teething issues.
- Fire Risk: When rats chew through wires, you run a high risk of fire from shorts.
Wildlife Removal Services for your Home Attic
A rat has ribs that fold at the spine, making them collapsible. This means they can squeeze through a hole an inch in diameter. Even if the hole is rather small, rodents native to California are natural chewers and will certainly expand small openings until they are big enough to invite all kinds of other wildlife inside. They have very sharp teeth and do not mind using them to make their access ways much more accessible.
Did you know that Rats are very skilled climbers? They are able to ascend trees, poles, and rough surfaces made out of brick and cinderblock.
One of the most typical entry points that we see during a control program service is A/C tubing exhaust openings in your houses siding. We also see a great deal of rats get in through the roof and eve areas, making it really easy for them to come right into your attic. Garage doors can be a huge problem, as they are not sealed nearly as well as typical doors into your house.
It’s also crucial in the process to explore exterior control issues, like cracks in your structure, holes in pipes, and loose screens. Do It Yourself home repair and upgrades can typically introduce holes that wildlife are eager to exploit.
Rat Control and Rodent Control
San Diego area rats and rodents have various preferences, however you need to know that they are all omnivorous (meaning they will certainly consume both plants and animals) when they are hungry. Rat teeth continue to grow up until the animal dies, so it is very important for them to regularly grind their teeth to control the growth. If you hear scraping or gnawing sounds during the night, this is likely the reason. Due to this, rats have a high capacity for causing substantial property damage.
Rats and rodents often tend to be nocturnal, unless their environment ends up being nerve-racking. A threat of starvation or a predator could make rats active during the day. Rats enjoy all kinds of environments, including ground burrows, trees and dense vegetation, wet sewer lines, and also inside attics.
Rodents native to San Diego are generally extremely afraid of people, and they are smart enough to stay out of sight, and do their best to stay out of mind. They have an outstanding sense of smell that will certainly tell them when possible predators are nearby, so they are usually well out of site just before you walk into a room. Due to this, you are not likely to catch them red handed trashing your things.
Control Procedure for San Diego Rodents:
The most vital part of rodent control or any pest control program is the evaluation. Our Rodent Control team makes certain to do a thorough assessment of your house. Our job is to determine just how specifically these rats, mice, other rodents have been obtaining access in the first place. We will inspect your attic, rooftop, pipes, foundation and exterior walls for spaces and openings that pests may be creeping through. We also make certain to inspect nearby trees, bushes, and poles that rats and mice may climb to get roof access. As soon as we see these risk factors and entrance points, we have a great idea of where rats have entered your house and made their nests.
2. Rat and Mice Exclusion
Now that our control team has actually located the hotspots and access points, we will determine exactly how the rodents have been getting in and out of your house. Before we take any type of extermination action, it’s vital that your rodent control team seals these holes and openings. One of the most successful solutions is to make use of steel wire mesh. This mesh permits crucial openings like vents to remain open, but has small enough holes to control wildlife entry. The mesh we use is constructed out of solid, galvanized steel so rats can not chew through it.
3. Rat Extermination and Rodent Removal
Since we’ve made sure that more rats and rodents can not get in, it’s time to carry on to the main control method. There are no methods that are both efficient and completely humane to take care of a rodent control problem, so we employ the use of snap traps to quickly and promptly handle an indoor rat issue. We have spent many years refining our proficiency at rodent trapping and control, so we know the very best strategies, sites for traps, and the appropriate bait to use. We adhere to all state laws in California when it comes to Rat Exterminator Services that we deliver.
We do not use poisons to control a rat population. It’s never a good idea to introduce poison control in to an environment that you, your loved ones, and family pets live in.
4. Rat Feces Decontamination
Once our control program is successful, your rats are gone, but the danger is not. Rat waste is a considerable vector for disease transfer to people. It is also just plain gross! Rodent urine, droppings, and nesting components really need to be properly and safely eliminated and decontaminated. If we skipped this step, you would have a biological time bomb sitting in your attic, inside your walls, or in your basement. We make use of personal protective equipment and special chemicals to appropriately decontaminate your home after an infestation has been resolved.
5. Rat Damage Repair
It’s likely that your rats did a number on your house. They may have trashed your insulation, harmed your pipes, chewed through your wires, or damaged your HVAC system. Our AAAC Wildlife Removal pros are extremely well trained and talented at wildlife damage maintenance and repair. We will return your home to normalcy, and give you back control of your life and property! Call us today!