Rodent Removal Scottsdale Arizona
Rats are a Scottsdale homeowner’s nightmare. Rats are known for carrying diseases that can be transmitted to your pets and family. They’ll burrow into your walls and chew on wiring leaving you at risk of electrocution or fire. These creatures will also leave their droppings wherever 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 so fast that a female rat capable of giving birth to as many as five litters each year.
If you notice signs of a roof rat infestation in your home, you need to act quickly before the problem gets out of hand. AAAC Wildlife Removal is a Scottsdale-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
The most common vector of rat-borne disease transmission to people is through rat droppings. 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.
The risk of disease transmission increases when there is feces buildup, either inside or outside your home. It is possible to contract any of the many diseases that rats carry without knowing it. This is why it is important to call a professional rat control company immediately you see signs of rats.
Rats Transmit Hantavirus
Hantavirus is a highly contagious virus that can be passed to humans by rat droppings. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches with chills, or coughing up blood. If left untreated it can be fatal.
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.
Hantavirus currently has no cure. The symptoms must pass normally. If you catch this disease, it is important that you quarantine yourself from family and friends for two weeks until the contagious period is over.
The risk of Hantavirus makes it vital to control a rat infestation quickly. Don’t hesitate to call us immediately. We will inspect your property thoroughly and recommend the best ways to avoid future problems.
Damage and Hazards Caused by Rats
Your home can be damaged by Scottsdale rats. They can chew through your insulation, roof, sheetrock, and electrical wires, which can lead to a fire. They can burrow into walls and create openings for other pests to enter. Your family may be exposed to health risks the urine and droppings of these rodents bring.
Here are the main types of damage rats cause to Scottsdale homes:
Chewed through pipes: Rats will chew on metal pipes to grind their teeth down as well as PVC pipes so they can get water.
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 will dig and chew through sheetrock creating holes in your walls. Rats can also get into wall cavities and make nests to spend the night.
Chewed up insulation: Rats will tear up your insulation so they can use it as nesting material.
Fire risk: Rats chewing through wires can cause a fire hazard. Rats can chew through the insulation of electric wires and spark a fire that could cause your home to burn.
Droppings: Rats leave thousands of droppings everywhere they go in your home.
Attract snakes: homes with a rat infestation will also attract snakes since they love to eat rodents. Snakes can crawl through holes in your walls and enter your home.
Knowing the dangers of a rodent infestation in your home is a good thing. You can avoid damage to your home and risks to your family’s health. 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
It only takes a 1/2 inch hole or gap for a rat to get into your home. Rats are able to squeeze through any opening 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 common entry point we see during our control programs is A/C tubing exhaust gaps in the siding of Scottsdalehomes. Rats can also enter through drains and roofs, as well the plumbing vent stack.
Unsecured garage doors are also a common issue. Rats are able to chew through the rubber gasket that seals your garage door shut, giving them access into your home without you knowing it until an infestation is already underway!
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. If you have any of these holes, it’s best to caulk them shut immediately before a rodent control problem develops. DIY home repair and upgrades often introduce these issues that wildlife are only very eager 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 scratching and gnawing sounds at night, there is a good chance you have rats!
Rats are nocturnal, and you will hear them more at night when they seek 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. A single female rat can start a massive population explosion that will see hundreds upon hundreds of rats living in your home in a matter of weeks or months.
Rat Removal Procedure
It is crucial to get rid of 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. Knowing how they’re entering can help us identify critical areas we must seal upon your property before we begin removing the rat colony.
We also check for trees, bushes, and poles that rats may use to get onto your roof. Once these risk factors and entry points are identified, we will discuss them as part of the control program.
Now that the entry points are located, we will work with you to make sure these areas are sealed up and covered. 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 allows vital openings like vents to stay open and operational while keeping the rats and other animals outside. 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 made sure that rats cannot get in, it’s time to focus on the next step: getting rid of the rats!
It is important to note that there is no extermination service that is both effective and fully humane when handling an infestation problem. However, we do not recommend using poisons or chemicals to exterminate rat populations, especially within your home.
It’s never a good idea to use rat poison or rodenticides inside homes because it introduces unnecessary risks. These poisons can cause rats to become dehydrated and seek out water. This could put your water lines at risk. You may also find rodents dying in difficult to reach areas, which can cause a horrible stench that can permeate your home.
In its place, we use snap traps to capture and kill rats efficiently. We also use a variety of rat control tools like live cage traps, glue boards, and fumigation to help you manage your infestation with the least amount of hassle for you and your family!
Once the control program is successful, we will decontaminate 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! To protect themselves during this phase, our technicians wear personal protective gear such as gloves, masks, coveralls, and coveralls.
Rat Damage Repair
After the rats have been removed and all their mess cleaned up, we’ll work to fix any damage they did. Rats might have trashed your insulation, chewed up your electrical wiring, or otherwise caused an expensive mess. Our technicians are all masters at carpentry and home repair and can return your home to its pre-infestation condition.
Integrated Pest Management
AAAC Wildlife Removal of Scottsdale offer the most effective and eco-friendly rat control solutions. Not only are we going to remove the rodent infestation from your home, but we’re also going to help you make sure they don’t come back. We provide a pest prevention plan that will help you keep rats out of your home and prevent them from coming back.
We also take steps like sealing up entry points, cutting down trees and bushes around your property, and even performing clean up and decontamination as well as repair. 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 Scottsdale 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 Scottsdale as easy as possible.
We also provide other types of wildlife control such as pigeon control, bat control, raccoon removal, squirrel removal, skunk control, and more!
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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