Rat Control in Tampa

Finding a mouse in your house is enough of a shock. But, spotting a rat might make you jump out your second story window. Rats cause property damage and chew up wires turning your home into a tinderbox. Don’t let rats run though your walls and all over your kitchen counter. Call now for a quote!

A rat creating a mess in the kitchen
Rats love to go into your kitchen to find a snack

One of a Tampa homeowner’s worst nightmares is discovering that they have a rat issue. Due to the fact that they are little, they can crawl through practically every opening and fracture inside your home or business. Every type of rodent can spread diseases. They are harmful and in immediate need of removal.

A rat infestation is a substantial issue that needs to be controlled and must not be taken lightly. They will cause property destruction by chewing wires, gnawing on pipes, damaging your attic, also they are a huge health risk because of the scat they leave everywhere and due to the health conditions that they can transmit through their bite.

Rat borne disease spread in the home

The chief vector for rat borne disease transmission to humans is through rat droppings. Tampa Rats do not have a very civil sense of waste elimination. They are out of control! Rats and mice do not care about when or where they defecate, rats are known to leave streaks of toxic urine as they climb about you home and attic. The sad result is, that they frequently do so all over your home. This consists of locations like your attic, kitchen counters, closets, beneath furniture, inside walls and vents. Whenever feces accumulates from any kind of animal, the risk of disease transmission to people and family pets skyrockets.

A yellow rat snake hunting rats in an attic
A yellow rat snake hunting rats in an attic

Rats Transmit Hantavirus

Rats can transmit the extremely virulent disease called the hantavirus. This illness can be passed to humans when they enter into contact with rat droppings, pee, or nesting materials. This threat makes it crucial to control your rat infestation. If you venture into a rat infested attic and mingle with animal waste, or you have a water leak that spreads out through rat pee or droppings. Hantavirus can be aerosolized and enter your lungs just by breathing the air near a contaminated source.

Hantavirus symptoms look like that of the typical flu virus: fever, muscle ache, exhaustion, impaired breathing, chills, etc. There is no recognized remedy for the hantavirus, and symptoms need to pass normally. If you contract the virus in this manner, it is necessary to quarantine yourself from family and friends until the contagious period can pass (generally around 2 weeks).

Rat Damage and Hazards in Tampa, FL

Rodents such as mice or rats can cause all sorts of destruction to your home. They have no problem tearing open your roofing system, sheet-rock, and insulation. They do this because they are searching for food to eat, water to drink, and risk-free and comfy places to sleep. Rats also have teeth that continue to grow during the course of their lives, so they really need to grind them down. Here are the primary kinds of damage and hazard that they cause

  • Chew through pipes: Like many types of rodents, a Rat’s front teeth don’t stop growing. Rats will certainly chew on steel pipes to grind their teeth down, and through PVC pipes to access water from the line. A control program decreases this risk.
  • Water leakages: If you fail to control a rodent infestation, it’s no surprise that you might have a dripping pipe or a complete blow wet spot forming in your house.
  • Chew through wires: Wires are another at risk target for Rats with teething issues.
  • Fire Risk: When rats chew through wires, you run a high risk of fire from shorts.
Rat damage after a bad seal-up job
Rat damage after a bad seal-up job

Entry Points seal-up for Rodent Pest Control

A rat can fit through a hole with a half inch radius because it has ribs that fold at the spinal column, making them collapsible. Even if the hole is quite tiny, rats native to Florida are natural chewers and will expand little holes until they are big enough to invite all sorts of wildlife inside. They have very sharp teeth and do not mind utilizing them to make their access ways more accessible

Rat entry through corroded cast iron pipe
This corroded cast iron pipe is a perfect entry point for rats.

Did you know that Rats are very talented climbers? They are able to scale trees, poles, and walls made out of brick and cinderblock.

One of the most usual entrance points that we see during an animal removal and control program are A/C tubing exhaust openings in your houses siding. We also see a lot of rats get in through the roof and eve areas, making it very simple for them to enter into your attic. Garage doors are a huge problem, as they are not sealed nearly as well as regular doors into your house.

It’s also crucial to check potential entry points on the exterior of your home, like cracks in your foundation, holes in pipes, and loosened screens. DIY home repair work and upgrades can frequently introduce holes that wildlife are eager to exploit.

Rodents Behavior

Tampa FL area rats and rodents have various preferences, however you need to understand that they are all omnivorous, meaning they will consume both plants and animals, when they are hungry. Rat teeth continue to grow until the animal dies, so it is very important for them to grind their teeth down regularly. If you hear scraping or gnawing sounds in the evening, this is likely the reason. Because of this, rats have a high capacity for causing substantial property damage.

Rats, mice and rodents often tend to be nocturnal, unless their environment ends up being stressful. A hazard such as potential starvation or predators may make rats and mice active during the day. Rats enjoy all kinds of environments, including ground burrows, trees and dense vegetation, damp sewage systems, and also inside attics.

Rats native to Tampa are normal terrified of humans, and they are wise enough to stay out of view, and do their best to stay out of mind. They have an outstanding sense of smell that will tell them when potential predators are nearby, so they are generally well out of site right before you stroll into a room. Because of this, you are unlikely to capture them red handed trashing your stuff.

Tampa Rodent Control Procedure: Here are the steps

1. Inspection

The most important part of a rodent control program is the inspection. Our Rodent Control team makes sure to do a thorough inspection of your home. Our job is to determine just how precisely these rats and rodents have been gaining access to begin with. We inspect your attic, rooftop, pipes, foundation and exterior walls for gaps and openings that your rodents could be creeping through. We also make sure to inspect close-by trees, shrubs, and posts that rats and rodents may climb to get roof access. When we see these risk factors and entry points, we have a great idea of where rodents have entered your home and made their nests.

2. Rat and Mice Exclusion

Now that our control team has located the hotspots and access points, we know exactly how your rats have been getting in and out of your house. Before we take any kind of extermination action, it’s vital that your rodent control team seals these spaces and openings. One of the most effective solutions is to utilize steel wire mesh. This mesh enables important openings like vents to remain open, but has small enough openings to control wildlife access. The mesh we make use of is made out of strong, galvanized steel so rats can not chew through it.

3. Rat Extermination and Removal

Now that we’ve seen to it that rats and mice can not enter your home, it’s time to proceed to the major control procedure. There are no methods that are both reliable and fully humane to handle a rodent control issue, so we employ the use of snap traps to very quickly and promptly deal with an indoor rat issue. We have actually invested a number of years refining our trapping and control proficiency. So we know the best strategies, sites for traps, and the appropriate bait to employ. We stick to all state laws in Florida when it comes to rat extermination.

We refuse to use poisons to control any rodent problem, especially inside your home. It’s never a good idea to introduce poisons into an environment that you, your loved ones, and family pets reside in. It is an absolutely unneeded risk! Also, most poisons cause rats and rodents to search desperately for water before they dehydrate. This will certainly place your water lines in danger.

4. Rat Feces Decontamination

When your control program is successful, the rodents are gone, however the risk is not. Rat waste is a significant vector for disease transfer to human beings. It is also just plain unpleasant! Rodent urine, droppings, and nesting components need to be correctly and safely gotten rid of and decontaminated. If we avoided this step, you would have a biological time bomb sitting in your attic, inside your walls, or in your basement. We make use of personal protective equipment and special chemicals to correctly sanitize your home after an infestation has indeed been resolved.

5. Rat Damage Repair

It’s likely that the rats did a number on your home. They may have trashed your insulation, damaged your water pipes, chewed through your wires, or harmed your HVAC system. Our AAAC Wildlife Removal pros are extremely well trained and talented at wildlife damage repair. We will return your home to like new condition!

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