Riffraff, Street Rats…Spot That Rat! Ways to Detect a Rat Infestation

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Jul 21, 2014 in Rat Answers | Subscribe
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‘From time to time we have problems with: rats, mice; rabbits, ants, spiders, and gophers. Michael treats our house and yard monthly. This guy knows his stuff!’ – Norman M. Newbury Park, CA

(PRWEB) July 21, 2014

Not as commonly seen as many other rodents such as gophers, moles, or squirrels. Rats and mice are night crawlers. Feeling around rooms and walls with simply their whiskers as their 6th sense, making their way into attics, garages, and other inconspicuous dark cool hideouts. However, one of their favorite hideouts are trees, and overgrown shrubbery often leaning on the hosts’ residence, encouraging them to continue inwards.

According to UC Davis Integrated Pest Management Program below are a few of the ways to inspect and detect if you have a rat problem:

  •     Do you find rat droppings around dog or cat dishes or pet food storage containers?
  •     Do you hear noises coming from the attic just after dusk?
  •     Do you see burrows among plants or damaged vegetables when working in the garden?
  •     Are there smudge marks caused by the rats rubbing their fur against beams, rafters, pipes, and walls?
  •     Do you see burrows beneath your compost pile or beneath the garbage can?
  •     Are there rat or mouse droppings in your recycle bins?

Gopher Patrol has serviced and maintained rodents such as roof rats and norway rats for almost 18 years and counting. Their trained professionals will inspect and scour the property looking for any sign of the pesky, damage causing critters which have recently been found to carry the Hantavirus. Hantavirus is a fast growing severe and sometimes fatal disease currently making its way through Texas. A few ways to stay prepared and prevent the infection is sealing openings where rodents might find their way in, tightly close garbage cans and trash, as well as removing any woodpiles or brush away from home.

Rodents are a quick to spread species, so it is best to contain them at the first sighting. For a full rodent inspection, keep Gopher Patrol’s experts in mind.

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