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Rat Removal Services

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So that you can avoid the headache of property damages, have a licensed professional perform rat removal in San Antonio, TX, and other wildlife removal services for your benefit. Our dedicated team of experts can be expected to apply their extensive knowledge of animal behavior to the job in any situation no matter if the issue is big or small. Be sure to speak with our team about any of your concerns so that you can get safe removal of wildlife. You can expect to get a well-rounded wildlife inspection that will ensure all areas are checked so that entryways can be sealed up. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you with your property at any time. Call (210) 679-1487 to get started. You can trust Bailey’s Critter Removal is a team that instills quality work with quality results.

Roof Rat vs. Norway Rat

Roof rats and Norway don’t get along. The Norway rat is the larger and more dominant species; in a war, it will kill a roof rat. When the two species coexist in the same structure, Norway rats can take over the basement and ground floors, while roof rats take over the attic or second and third floors.

The two species cannot interbreed, contrary to popular belief. Both species may share certain food resources, but they do not eat at the same time. Rats will pick up food and take it away to eat somewhere else. Rats of both sexes, especially young rats, can fit beneath a door with a 1/2-inch gap. If the door is comprised of wood, the rat will gnaw to expand the opening, but this isn’t always necessary.

What You Should Know About Rats

Image of roof rats long tailRats, like house mice, are nocturnal creatures. They have poor eyesight, but their acute senses of hearing, smell, taste, and touch compensate for this. Rats are actively exploring and learning about their surroundings, memorizing the positions of roads, obstacles, food and water, shelter, and other features. They identify new objects and foods easily and appear to avoid them. As a result, they often avoid traps and baits for several days or even weeks after they are set up.

Although both species show this aversion to new things, roof rats’ neophobia is typically more pronounced than Norway rats’. Gnawing, running, leaping, or swimming through sewers and entering through toilets or broken drains are all strategies Norway and roof rats use to gain access to structures. Roof rats are more agile and better climbers than Norway rats, who are slower swimmers.

Diet Of Rats

Norway rats consume a wide range of foods, but their preferences include cereal grains, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits. Norway rats typically move in a range of 100 to 150 feet when looking for food and water; they seldom travel more than 300 feet from their burrows or nests. Each year, the average female Norway rat has 4 to 6 litters and can successfully wean 20 or more offspring.

Roof rats, like Norway rats, eat a range of foods, but their preferences are fruits, nuts, berries, slugs, and snails. Roof rats enjoy avocados and citrus fruits, and they always consume fruit that is still on the tree. When they eat a mature orange, they pierce a small hole from which they extract the entire contents of the fruit, leaving only the hollowed-out rind to stay on the tree. They always eat the rind of a lemon, leaving the sour fruit’s flesh dangling. Attics, bushes, and overgrown shrubbery or vines are their natural habitats. Riparian vegetation along riverbanks and streams, as well as residential or industrial areas with mature landscaping, provide good habitat. Roof rats usually build their nests in off-the-ground locations and seldom dig burrows for living quarters if off-the-ground options are available.

Signs Of A Rat Infestation

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Rodent Holes: Brown rats are known for creating extensive burrow systems for shelter, food storage, and nesting. Rat burrows are dug next to solid objects or structures.

Rodent Droppings: Rats produce up to 40 droppings per night, so droppings tend to be concentrated in high-traffic areas.

Scratching Sounds: The roof rat is a common name for black rats because they are adept climbers. Scratching noises are every day in attics, and you may hear them at night. Brown rats are distinguished by a grinding sound made by their teeth.

Tracks: In dusty, less-used areas of buildings, rats leave foot and tail marks.

Nests: Rat nests have been discovered in lofts, attics, under eaves, and even cavity walls. To build nests, rats will shred materials such as loft insulation, cardboard, and other soft items.

Scuff Marks: Because rats have poor eyesight, they rely on established routes along skirting boards and walls for navigation. Smudges and dark marks are left on the objects and surfaces they repeatedly brush up against by the dirt and grease on their bodies.

Why Have Rats Infested My Property?

A lack of sanitation could be one of the causes of an infestation. Along with health concerns and other issues, poor sanitation can encourage rats and mice to move in and establish a nest in your home by providing easy access to food and water sources. Rats and mice are often associated with filthy environments, especially true if there are trash cans strewn about the house.

Scavengers, these rodents will invade any home in search of food and a safe place to raise their young, and if your home isn’t clean, it will meet both criteria and put you at risk of infestation.

Both rats and mice are attracted to firewood piles. Rodents can use piles of lumber, such as firewood, as a source of shelter if they can get to it from the ground. Rodents are attracted to discarded furniture, automobiles, and any other items that could serve as a potential shelter. Rodents may seek refuge in your shrubs or flowers if they are close to your home.

Damage Caused By Rats

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Rodents are known for invading and colonizing walls, attics, and insulated areas. In some cases, rodent disturbances can lead to structural damage or provide entry points for more pests to enter the structure. Qualified rodent removal professionals recognize the importance of avoiding such occurrences and monitor for signs of entry or infestation regularly.

Priceless items, such as family heirlooms, artwork, or photographs, are among the most devastating damage caused by rodents and other pests. These items are frequently kept in places where rodents prefer to live, such as basements, sheds, garages, and attics. While rats are known to chew through anything, belongings stored in a sturdy, lockable storage bin are far less likely to be harmed than those kept in cardboard boxes or plastic bags.

Have you ever wondered why rodents chew on power lines? They’ll gnaw on just about anything. Rodents are constantly searching for things to chew on to file down their long pearly whites, which are rapidly growing. Rodent-caused electrical damage is not only costly, but it can also be extremely dangerous. If the protective covering on the wires is gnawed away, fires can easily start. Rodent damage is thought to be the cause of up to 20% of undetermined fires in the United States. Make sure to inspect any accessible wiring for signs of disruption at least once a year.

Rodent Spread Diseases

In addition to being difficult to control, rodents can transmit diseases and contaminate food with their feces, hair, and saliva. Rats can contaminate up to ten times the amount of food they consume. The CDC has linked some rodents to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which is fatal in about 36% of all cases recorded in the United States. Fleas, which can transmit plague and diseases including lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus, feed on the pests. Headaches, diarrhea, and meningitis are common symptoms of this disease, which often affect people with compromised immune systems. It can also lead to pregnancy complications.

Handling any type of rodent is not recommended. They have big teeth and can spread bacteria, viruses, and diseases through their saliva, feces, and urine. If you find a rat in your home, you can have it removed and identified by a pest control professional. The appearance of even a single rodent in a home may imply an infestation. Keep all pets and children away from the rodent. The rat can bite to protect itself if cornered.

Rat Control & Prevention

Many Texans will set a few traps or poison and hope for the best. Often, the traps are not placed in the proper places, not enough traps are set, or the root of the problem is not fixed. Bailey’s professional rat control service will remove all the rats from your home and ensure that another infestation doesn’t occur. This is done by identifying how the rats are entering, eradicating the entire population, eliminating any attractants, and proper clean-up/damage repair.

Rat Trapping Process

We begin by securing entry and exit points into and out of your home, effectively trapping the rats. We understand that forcing rats to stay in your Dallas home sounds horrible, but if they have a way to get food from their regular food source, they are unlikely to take the bait we set for them. We can catch them with our live cages and snapping rat traps once they realize they have nowhere else to go. Rodent excluder valves, which allow rats to leave but not return, may also be installed.

Step 2: Complete Residence Exclusion

The next and perhaps most crucial step is to seal off every single entry point into your home when it comes to rat removal. Our San Antonio rodent control experts will conduct an in-depth investigation. They’ll look for previous entry points on both the ground level and the roof, as well as potential entry points that rats might try to use in the future and secure them completely.

Step 3: Decontamination & Restoration

Once we’ve confirmed that the rat removal was successful, you’ll need to have your attic decontaminated for both cleanliness and future rodent control. Rats are filthy creatures, and you must clean up after them before the situation worsens. Rat waste quickly absorbs into insulation, causing a foul odor, and they can chew or claw holes in air ducts and other areas, causing further problems down the road. This step must be included in any rat removal in Texas to reduce the pheromones and odors left behind, which can attract more rats in the future.

Step 4: Population Control On The Exterior Of The Property

Although we know our indoor rat removal is highly effective, rats will continue to live outdoors for as long as the world exists, and we want to reduce their ability or desire to come near your Dallas home or property. Bait stations are placed around the perimeter of your home to kill any rats that try to enter.

Get Expert Rodent Removal Help Today

Give us a call as soon as you see a rodent. Bailey’s Critter Removal offers emergency rodent removal services to homeowners and businesses in desperate need. Rodents are likely to spread if left unbothered. Visitors and family members will be terrified as they chew on the walls and your wiring. Contact us at any time of day or night, whether it’s a weekend or not. We’ll send a professional who has dealt with rodents for decades. It’s best to seal your home as tightly as possible to reduce the chances of future unwanted visitors.

Contact us today to learn more about Rodent Removal Services In San Antonio, TX, and to begin your wildlife inspection. To get started, call us at (210) 679-1487.

 

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