Rodent Removal Maricopa Arizona
Rats are a Maricopa homeowner’s nightmare. Rats can transmit diseases to family members and pets. They’ll burrow into your walls and chew on wiring leaving you at risk of electrocution or fire. They will also leave their droppings wherever and whenever they go.
Roof rats are small and can squeeze through most cracks or holes to enter your home. They can wiggle through a hole the size of a quarter, which is why a rat infestation shouldn’t be taken lightly. They also reproduce quite quickly, with a female rat capable of giving birth to up to five litters per year.
You must act fast if you see signs of roof rat infestations in your home. AAAC Wildlife Removal is a Maricopa-based pest control company. The trained professionals at our team can handle any rat problem you may have, whether it’s a large infestation or just one sneaky rodent that got in through the cat door.
Rat-borne disease spread in the home
Rat droppings are the most common vector for transmitting rat-borne diseases to humans. Rats will leave their droppings wherever they go, including in your pantry and inside walls. The rat droppings can carry a variety of diseases that can be passed to humans by touching or eating contaminated food.
Any time there is feces accumulation, whether inside your walls or under your kitchen sink, the risk of disease transmission increases. You can contract one of the numerous diseases carried by rats without even knowing it, which is why it’s important to hire a professional rat control company as soon as you notice any sign of rats.
Rats Transmit Hantavirus
A highly contagious disease that can be transmitted to humans through rat droppings is hantavirus. The symptoms include fever, headaches, muscle aches, chills, and coughing up blood. It can be fatal if it is not treated.
Hantavirus can be contracted by inhaling dust contaminated with hantavirus (typically dried saliva, urine, or feces). So it is important that you avoid going into rat-infested attics and crawl spaces.
There is no known cure for hantavirus, and symptoms need to pass by normally. It is essential that you keep your family and friends away from you during the contagious period.
Hantavirus is a serious threat so it’s important to get rid of rat infestations quickly. Do not hesitate to contact us right away. We will perform a complete inspection of your property and provide the safest possible ways to prevent future rat problems.
Damage and Hazards Caused by Rats
Your home can be damaged by Maricopa rats. They can chew through your insulation, roof, sheetrock, and electrical wires, which can lead to a fire. These rodents might burrow into your walls, leaving holes and openings for even more pests to get in. They also contaminate the areas they inhabit with their urine and droppings, which can pose a health risk to your family.
These are the most damaging things that rats do to Maricopa homes.
Pipes chewed by rats: Rats will chew PVC pipes to get to the water and metal pipes to grind down their teeth.
Water leaks: Failure to control the rat infestation will lead to leaky pipes and full-blown wet spots forming in your ceilings and walls.
Holes: Rats can dig through sheetrock and create holes in walls. Rodents will also get into wall cavities and build their nests there.
Chewed up insulation: if you have exposed beams, rafters, or vents at least a foot off of your ceiling; they may be chewed up by the rodents for use as nesting material.
Fire danger: Rats can chew through wires, which could lead to a fire hazard. Rats will gnaw on the insulation of electrical wires, which can spark and start a fire that could burn your home to the ground.
Droppings: Rats leave thousands of droppings everywhere they go in your home.
Attract snakes: Rat infestations can attract snakes. Snakes love rodents and will seek out homes that have them. Snakes can crawl through holes in your walls and enter your home.
Now that you know the dangers of a rat infestation, it should be clear why quick action is needed to avoid serious damage and health risks to your family. Call AAAC Wildlife Removal asap if there are signs of rats. We will assess the situation and suggest the best steps to fix it. AAAC Wildlife Removal is available to help you no matter the scale of the infestation in your home.
How Rats Get into your Home
A rat can easily get in through a gap or hole of 1/2 inch in size. Rats can squeeze through almost any opening that they can fit their head through. Rats can also make tiny holes larger with their sharp teeth, inviting all sorts of rodents into your house.
One of the common entry points we often see during our control programs is the A/C tubing exhaust holes in the siding of Maricopa homes. Rats also get in through the roof and drain areas, as well as the plumbing vent stack.
Unsecured garage doors are also a common issue. Rats can chew through garage doors’ rubber gaskets, allowing them to gain entry into your home.
It’s also vital to check any possible entry point on your home’s exterior such as cracks in the foundation, loose screens, holes in pipes, or openings around vents. It is best to seal any holes you find before rodent problems develop. These are common problems that DIY home repairs create that wildlife love to exploit.
Rat Behavior and Rodent Control
Rats are omnivores and can eat almost any food. They have teeth that continue to grow throughout their life and it’s important for them to chew on materials to wear them down. If you hear gnawing and scratching sounds at night, then its likely you have rats.
Rats are nocturnal animals, so you are more likely to hear them at night when they are seeking food or water. Rats can be found in all habitats: under houses, ground burrows, and inside walls. They are smart enough to avoid predators and stay out of their sight. Rats have an excellent sense of smell, which tells them when a predator is near.
Rats are also social animals, they can be found in large colonies that share food and living space together. One female rat is capable of beginning a population explosion where hundreds upon hundreds of rats can live within your home within months!
Rat Removal Procedure
It is critical to remove an infestation as soon as possible. It is more difficult to get rid of rat infestations if they continue to grow. Ridding an infestation also becomes more expensive over time!
Inspection is the most important aspect of any rodent control program. We will do a thorough inspection of your home to find out exactly where the rats are getting in and what attracts them most.
We’ll also look for points of entry such as holes and gaps in your attic or crawl spaces that need more attention during our control program. Identifying the entry points allows us to focus on critical areas that need sealing off before we start the removal process.
We also inspect for any trees, bushes or poles rats might use to climb onto your roof. Once these risk factors and entry points are identified, we will discuss them as part of the control program.
Once we have located the entry points, we will work closely with you to seal them up and cover them. This is a critical step because it prevents more rats from entering your home in the future.
We use steel wire mesh made up of strong galvanized steel so rodents won’t be able to chew on them. Mesh keeps rats and other animals out while allowing vital openings such as vents to remain open. To make sure that rats are not able to get into your home, we use caulk or other materials to close off cracks in your home.
Rodent Trapping and Removal
Now that we’ve ensured that no rats can get in, we can focus on the next step: getting rid of them!
It is important to note that there is no rat extermination service that is both effective and fully humane when dealing with a rat control problem. However, we do not recommend using poisons or chemicals to exterminate rat populations, especially within your home.
Rat poison and rodenticides are not recommended for use in homes as they pose unnecessary risks. These poisons can cause rats to become dehydrated and seek out water. This could put your water lines at risk. The rodents will also die in impossible to reach places, which will create a terrible smell that will permeate your home and property.
In its place, we use snap traps to capture and kill rats efficiently. We also utilize various tools such as live cage traps, glue boards, and fumigation to help you manage the infestation.
After the control program has been completed, we will disinfect any affected areas. Rat feces, aside from being plain nasty, is a vector for a whole host of different diseases and parasites. We’ll treat any affected areas with special cleaners and disinfectants to make sure you can rest easy knowing your home is clean and safe once again! Our technicians use personal protective gear like gloves, masks, and coveralls to protect them during this part of the process.
Rat Damage Repair
Once the rats are out and their mess has been cleaned up, we will work to repair any damage that they caused. Rats may have damaged your insulation, electrical wiring, and other property. Our technicians are experts in home repair and carpentry, and can restore your home to pre-infestation conditions.
Integrated Pest Management
AAAC Wildlife Removal of Maricopa offers the best and most eco-friendly rat control methods. We will not only remove rodents from your home but also help you to prevent them from coming back. We provide a pest prevention plan that will help you keep rats out of your home and prevent them from coming back.
We can seal up entry points and trim trees and bushes that rats use to get into your home. We want to be sure your home is rat-proofed so you can be sure your home is safe from future rat infestations.
Our technicians know how to eliminate any type of Maricopa rodent, no matter what kind they.
All of our services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. AAAC Wildlife Removal Services will make dealing with rats in Maricopa as easy as possible.
We offer other wildlife control services, such as bat control, raccoon removal, and squirrel removal.
Learn More about Rodents:
- Get Rid of Rat Infestation in the Attic
- How to Get Rid of Rats
- Rat Catcher
- Rat Proofing your Home
- Rat Repellent & Prevention
- Signs of a Rat Infestation
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