Rodent Removal Tempe Arizona
Rats are a Tempe homeowner’s nightmare. Rats can transmit diseases to family members and pets. They burrow into walls and chew on electrical wires, leaving you at risk of fire or electrocution. These creatures will also leave their droppings wherever they go.
Because they’re small, roof rats can crawl through almost every hole or crack and get inside your house. 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. Call a Tempe based pest control company like AAAC Wildlife Removal. Our team of experts can deal with any type of rat problem, no matter how large or small.
Rat-borne disease spread in the home
The most common vector of rat-borne disease transmission to people is through rat droppings. Rat droppings can be found everywhere if you have an infestation, even inside your walls and pantry. These rat feces will carry over a dozen diseases that can be transmitted to humans through touch or ingestion of 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
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 is contracted through inhalation of dust contaminated with hantavirus (usually 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.
Hantavirus is a serious threat so it’s important to get rid of rat infestations 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
Tempe rats do all sorts of damage to your home. They’ll chew on your roof, sheetrock, insulation, and even electrical wires which can cause 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.
Here are the main types of damage rats cause to Tempe 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: If you fail to manage the infestation, leaky pipes and wet spots will form in your walls and ceilings.
Holes: Rats can dig through sheetrock and create holes in walls. Rats can also get into wall cavities and make nests to spend the night.
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 risk: Rats chewing through wires can cause 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 will crawl through holes in your walls and get inside your house.
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
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 Tempe homes. 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. These are common problems that DIY home repairs create that wildlife love to exploit.
Rat Behavior and Rodent Control
Rats are omnivorous animals that can eat almost anything. 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 animals, so you are more likely to hear them at night when they are seeking food or water. They enjoy all kinds of habitats including ground burrows, under homes, and inside walls. Rats are also smart enough to stay out of sight, they have a great sense of smell that tells them if a predator is nearby, so they’re usually well out of sight before you even enter a room.
Rats can also be social animals. They live in large colonies and share food and living spaces 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. 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 keeps rats and other animals out while allowing vital openings such as vents to remain open. We also use caulk and other materials to seal up holes and cracks in your home to make sure they’re as closed off and inaccessible for the rats as possible.
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.
It’s never a good idea to use rat poison or rodenticides inside homes because it introduces unnecessary risks. These poisons cause rats to dehydrate and desperately seek water, putting 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 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. To make sure your home is safe and clean again, we will treat the affected areas with professional-grade cleaners and enzyme-based treatments. 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 might have trashed your insulation, chewed up your electrical wiring, or otherwise caused an expensive mess. 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 Tempe 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 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.
No matter what type of rodent you’re dealing with, whether it’s pack rats, roof rats, house mice, or any other type of rodent in the Tempe area, our critter control technicians are well versed in all the best techniques to get rid of them for good!
We back all of these services with a 100% guarantee on our work. AAAC Wildlife Removal Services will make dealing with rats in Tempe 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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