In nature rats are cute. In your home they are noisy, destructive and smelly. Rats, being rodents, are compelled to chew to keep their teeth worn down. So they chew on various materials in your house: plastic pipes, vents, wires, wood, and siding. Chewed plastic pipes can cause flooding.
All animals are opportunists. They are looking for a food, safety and shelter. In the case of rats, when there is food available from bird feeders, pets, or nut tress and gardens, a home is even more attractive. Predators rarely penetrate the attics and chimneys occupied by rats, giving them great feelings of safety. Finally, climate controlled buildings provide a warm, comfy place to raise baby rats.
Rats use attics as a handy substitute for the hard-to-come-by hollow tree. Attics are a great place to raise baby rats.
Rats access homes through existing gaps, such as unscreened vents, holes made by other animals or birds, and through holes they create themselves. They access the high parts of buildings from trees, vines or connecting wires.
Hire a professional for on-site removal, or try our over-the-phone rat removal coaching service.
The first reason most people give for getting rid of rats is noise. If that were the only problem with rats I might recommend you just live with it. But noise is the least of your problems. Damage from chewing can cause everything from expensive maintenance needs to floods and fires. Disease transmission from rats and the insects and parasites that live with them is also a big issue.
Rats actively search for nesting sites mid-December, January and in early summer. However, if they happen on a good site, they can move in any time of the year.
As soon as you know they are in your home. Don’t wait. We can remove rats, even with litters of young, any time of the year. Better yet, put preventative measure in place and keep them from getting in in the first place.
In their natural habitat, rats build nests in trees. However, rats are resourceful and have moved into the human world very successfully and are common in suburban and urban areas. Attics of homes are similar to big, hollow trees: dry and safe with the added bonus of warm. Rats can climb just about anything and chew their way in as soon as they find a vulnerable area.
They enter through chimneys, unscreened vents, gaps in siding, shingles or other exterior materials, or through holes created by other animals or that they create themselves. They get to the high areas of the home by jumping from nearby trees or climbing and running along electrical, television or telephone wires and cables.
Call us. We are professional rat removers and have trained technicians who can help you get rid of the rats, keep them out, and clean up the mess.
Usually homeowners are alerted to rats by noise. Quick scurrying, thumping and scratching sounds come from attics, walls, or chimneys. The second alert is visible damage to the home including chewed holes or urine stains seeping through ceilings. Strong, highly unpleasant smells are an additional indicator. If you see rats at bird feeders or pet bowls on your property, there is a significant chance they are also in your home and you just haven’t noticed yet.