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Do you hear scuffling or scratching noises in the walls? Have you found gnawed and chewed items? This is a bad sign. Indeed, it is probably an indicator that you are infested with rats.
It is then necessary to act very quickly because, not only are rats unpleasant to see, but they are transmitters and carriers of diseases for you and your pets. They can also cause serious damage to buildings, and short circuits on electrical wires and to make matters worse, they multiply rapidly (sexual maturity of six to eight weeks).
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How to get rid of rats at home?
Getting rid of rats in your home requires a combined approach of prevention, detection and elimination. Here are some steps to follow to eradicate a rat infestation:
1. Eliminate sources of attraction: Rats are attracted to food and water. Make sure all food is stored in airtight containers and that garbage cans are securely closed. Also, repair water leaks and eliminate any access to standing water.
2. Seal entry points: Rats can squeeze through openings as small as half an inch. Carefully examine your home for holes and cracks, especially around pipes, doors and windows, and seal them with rodent-resistant materials such as metal or cement.
3. Cleaning: A clean environment is less attractive to rats. Clean up regularly, especially in areas where rat tracks have been observed.
4. Trapping: Rat traps are an effective way to eliminate rats. There are different types of traps, including spring traps, glue traps and poison bait traps. Place traps in areas where you have observed rat activity.
5. Call in the professionals: If the infestation is too large or difficult to manage, it may be necessary to call in exterminator professionals. They have the experience and tools to remove rats safely and effectively.
It is important to remember that prevention is the best method to avoid a rat infestation. Keep your home clean, store food properly and seal potential entry points to deter them.
Why are there rats in my house?
The presence of rats in your home can be due to several factors. Here are some of the most common reasons:
1. Search for food: Rats are attracted to places where they can find plenty of food. If you leave food outside, if your garbage cans are not properly sealed, or if crumbs and food scraps are lying around, this can attract rats.
2. Finding a shelter: Your home provides a safe, warm shelter that protects rats from predators and the elements. Rats can take up residence in walls, attics, basements, garages and other isolated areas of your home.
3. Access to water: Like all living things, rats need water to survive. They may be attracted to accessible sources of water, such as a leaky pipe or a pet water bowl.
4. Entry points: Rats are able to get into very tight spaces. If your house has cracks or holes, even very small ones, this can allow rats to enter.
5. Local infestation: If your neighborhood has a large rat population, it is more likely that rats will enter your home.
To prevent rats, it is important to maintain good hygiene, store food properly, seal potential entry points and repair water leaks. If you suspect a rat infestation, it is advisable to call a exterminator professional.
Are rats dangerous?
Rats can pose a danger to humans and pets. Here’s why:
1. Diseases: Rats carry a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to humans and animals either directly, through a bite or contact with their urine or feces, or indirectly, through ticks, fleas or mites that have previously bitten an infected rat. These diseases include leptospirosis, plague, Haverhill fever, and salmonellosis, among others.
2. Property Damage: Rats have very strong teeth that allow them to gnaw through almost anything, including wood, plastic, electrical wires, and even some types of concrete and metal. This damage can lead to short circuits, fires or water leaks.
3. Allergies: Rat feces, urine, and dander (hair, dead skin) can cause allergic reactions in some people. These reactions can range from sneezing and watery eyes to more severe symptoms such as shortness of breath.
4. Stress and fear: The presence of rats can cause stress and anxiety, especially in people who are afraid of rodents (musophobia).
It is, therefore, crucial to act quickly in case of a rat infestation to protect the health of the occupants of the house and to avoid property damage. If you suspect that you have rats in your home, it is recommended that you call a exterminator professional.
What attracts rats?
Several factors can attract rats to your home or garden. Here are some of them:
1. Food: Rats are omnivores and can eat almost anything, although they have a preference for high-protein and high-fat foods. They can be attracted to food scraps, poorly sealed garbage cans, pet food left outside, fruits and vegetables from the garden, etc.
2. Water: Like all animals, rats need water to survive. They may be attracted to an accessible water source, such as a leaky faucet, pond, pet water bowl, etc.
3. Shelter: Rats seek safe, warm places to nest and breed. They can be attracted to attics, basements, garages, woodpiles, debris piles, holes in walls, etc.
4. Clutter: Rats like cluttered areas because they offer them many places to hide. A cluttered garden, a garage full of unused items, a messy house can all attract rats.
To prevent a rat infestation, it is important to manage your waste properly, store food properly, fix water leaks, maintain your home and garden, and block potential entry points.
Why shouldn’t rats be killed?
It is important to note that while rats can cause problems when they invade our homes or gardens, they also play an important role in the ecosystem. Here are some reasons why killing rats is not recommended:
1. Ecosystem balance: Rats are part of the food chain and serve as food for many predators, such as raptors, snakes, foxes, etc. In addition, by gnawing on organic matter, they participate in the decomposition and recycling of nutrients.
2. Animal cruelty: Methods used to kill rats, such as poisons or traps, can cause unnecessary and prolonged suffering. It is best to use humane methods to manage a rat infestation, such as live-capture traps or professional exterminator.
3. Health risk: Dead rats can spread disease, especially if not properly disposed of. In addition, some of the poisons used to kill rats can also pose a danger to pets and children.
4. Effectiveness: Killing rats one by one is generally not an effective long-term solution. If the conditions that attracted the rats in the first place (food, shelter, etc.) are not changed, more rats will simply replace those that were killed.
It is therefore recommended that humane, environmentally friendly and effective methods of rat prevention and control be used. If you are dealing with a rat infestation, it is best to call in a exterminator professional.
Do rats attack humans?
In general, rats are more fearful than aggressive. They prefer to flee rather than confront humans. However, under certain circumstances, a rat can be aggressive and attack:
1. When threatened: If a rat feels cornered or threatened, it may bite to defend itself. This is especially true if you are trying to capture or hunt it.
2. To protect its offspring: Like many animals, rats can be aggressive to protect their young.
3. If the rat is sick: Certain health problems, such as rabies, can make a rat unusually aggressive. However, it is important to note that rabies is quite rare in rats.
It is always best to avoid direct contact with rats and to call a exterminator professional if an infestation occurs. If you are bitten by a rat, it is important to clean the wound and seek medical attention, as rats can transmit diseases through their saliva.
|Length||17 to 19 cm|
|Color||black or dark brown with a lighter coat on the belly|
|Life||up to 4 years|
RAT INFESTATION – GUARANTEED RESULTS
Traps may seem effective to you, but that’s not always the case. For a guaranteed job and an extermination that will target the right rodent, you need to call a qualified exterminator. Holding a professional certification, A Extermination will recognize the most appropriate solution for your type of infestation.
There are two types of rats in Quebec, the brown rat (Norway rat or sewer rat) and the black rat (attic rat or field rat). As you may have guessed, the treatment is not the same, especially because the bugs are very different in nature. They do not have the same behaviours.
First of all, know how to differentiate the rat from the mouse. The rat can weigh up to 1 lb and is much larger than a mouse. Secondly, the overflow is nosy. Its playground is the earth and wet places. It likes to build elaborate networks of galleries and burrows at ground level. It prefers humid places while the black rat likes dry places. Climber by nature, the black rat is very agile. It prefers to live in trees, climbing shrubs and dense vegetation. It infests attics, roofs or frames as well as the upper floors of buildings.
You wonder how to avoid this kind of situation. The answer: prevention. To do this, eliminate easy entry points (rats fit into a hole equivalent to a $0.25 coin). But now that the damage is done, you need to call in an exterminator. Here’s how he does it.
RAT EXTERMINATOR: THE STEPS OF PEST MANAGEMENT
After receiving your distress call, the professional will visit your home to assess the situation. He will be able to choose the right control method and adapt the treatment to your environment. Once the strategy is established and the products are selected, he will secure the area to be treated and then apply the preferred solution. Depending on the treatment chosen, you may not have access to that area of the house while the treatment is working. You can then simply return to the comfort of your home with complete peace of mind.
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Rats carry diseases and cause significant damage wherever they go. They can damage electrical wires, sometimes leading to short circuits or fires. They also gnaw on pipes and can destroy the insulation materials on your property. To prevent these rat problems, here are some prevention tips:
Check the plumbing system, as it is the primary entry point for rats into buildings, accounting for 99% of cases. A backflow valve is often the first line of defence in urban areas against these pests that infest our sewers.
Ensure that garage doors and other house entrances are sealed tightly and properly closed.
Store all household waste in appropriate containers. In the case of a rat infestation indoors, food should also be kept out of their reach in airtight containers as much as possible. Do not use any poison indoors, as rats like to store items of interest in hidden places. These poisoned items can become accessible to children or pets, or come into contact with food. These hazardous products can end up causing more problems than they solve. The corpses of poisoned rats can also cause odours and attract flies to potentially inaccessible areas.
If you suspect the presence of rats in your house or if you want to establish a prevention plan, do not hesitate to contact A-Extermination, an exterminator service.
The fumigation treatment for rats is a procedure that must be carried out by professionals and conducted according to an established protocol that guarantees the successful extermination of pests. Therefore, A-Extermination guarantees:
Complete elimination of the rat infestation through fumigation.
Smoke testing will be performed in the affected areas and those vulnerable to infection even before it occurs, ensuring 100% success in extermination and prevention.
Specialized treatment based on the species and level of infestation.
Contact our A-Extermination team to receive the assistance of professional exterminators who will provide you with a safe, fast, and effective approach to getting rid of rats on your property. We can also establish an infestation prevention plan for your high-risk buildings, such as restaurants, garages, and warehouses.