Whether you need bird control, rodent extermination, bat removal, or rat control in San Diego, we’ve got you covered here at Wildlife Removal Services. In part one of this two-part series about rats and mice in Southern California, we took a somewhat detailed look into what kind of rats exist in San Diego County and beyond. We highlighted potential diseases humans need to be aware of, basic biology, and general signs of rat activity. Of course, we ended with the same important point we’ll leave you with at the end of this post, which is that if you need affordable, humane, and reliable rat removal services, Wildlife Removal Services represents a great option!

Today’s post is going to pick up where we left off in part one: after discussing signs of rat activity should come some suggestions about what homeowners can do about said rat problem aside from simply calling a San Diego animal control company! Thus, today’s post concerns what you should do if you have a roof rat infestation. As a reminder, some tell-tale signs that you have a problem include things like grease marks on the walls, hollowed-out fruit, sounds from the walls, floors, or attic, cylindrical droppings with pointed ends, cut snail shells found under wood pieces, and general damage to food packaging.

That being said, let’s get our readers informed and prepared for what they should do when nasty rats decide to set up shop in their homes!

Got Rats? Here’s What You Can Do

As a not-so-friendly reminder, roof rats need to be taken seriously. Not only are all rats disgusting and able to multiply at unseemly rates, but roof rats are known to be carriers of disease. It was the culprit in the spreading of the Bubonic plague (a disease which still causes the world trouble to this day), along with being able to contaminate food, cause food poisoning, and transmit numerous viruses and parasites. Roof rats are a big problem, suffice it to say.

Rats are unable to live without shelter, water, or food.

It might be somewhat obvious, seeing as how the above statement applies to the vast majority of mammals, and indeed, all living things — but it’s a starting point for developing a plan of action for our great war we need to wage against the rats.

Okay, maybe it’s not actually a war, but we are animal control specialists and this is our life, so just go with it.

Step One

Whether you think you have a rat infestation or you just like to be the proactive type, it’s time you rodent-proof your home so that they are unable to get in. First, you need to scour the perimeter of the structure in question to make sure there are no holes or cracks that are any larger than the size of a quarter. Once you’ve earmarked the areas of concern, you’ll need to repair all openings with rodent-proof material. A variety of items will work, but 20 gauge wire hardware cloth will help with the cause. Then you have the doors to worry about, which can be remedied by installing metal weather stripping under each door in order to remove any gaps.

Does it sound like overboard? Not to us, because we at Wildlife Removal Services go much further in-depth than most any DIY-approach. Let’s move onto step two.

Step Two: Take Away Their Resources, Starting With Food

Step Two involves removing food sources from your property. This means taking a good hard look at what might be attractive to a rat. It means scanning your property for any fruit or nut sources that might exist, and then removing any fruit or nuts as they ripen in order to discourage rodents from calling your abode home. Make sure your garbage cans are completely covered at all times. Likewise, you need to make sure that you only feed your pets while the sun is out. And even then, remove the uneaten food as soon as your pet is finished. You don’t want to store any food in structures that aren’t properly secured from rats’ gaining entry, such as a garage or a shed. Of course, you could get yourself some rat-proof containers, but that might be overkill.

Step Three: Use Traps

The reason you should elect to use traps instead of poison when it comes to dealing with a rat or mouse infestation in your home is because the rodents might die in a place where you cannot reach them. They might be in your attic, or worse yet your walls or floor. As their bodies decompose, they’ll start to stink. And let us tell you, it’s not a pleasant aroma. So place your traps where you’ve seen rat droppings or at potential entry points, but be sure that your entire family (especially children) are well aware of where the traps have been placed. It’s also important to keep in mind the whereabouts of pets as it relates to trap placement; a dog might be inclined to lick the peanut butter or food you have set up there, whereby the trap might injure them in the process.

Here’s a pro tip: tie down the traps so that rats, as hideously strong as they are, can’t drag the traps with them into the walls.

Step Four: Poison The Exterior Of Your Home

Make sure all poison bait used is kept away from the access of children and pets. It’s also vital to rodent-proof your home prior to placing poison outside. Place the bait in a protected, sheltered region, where you’ve found rat droppings. Don’t touch any dead rats — place them in a sealed plastic bag and throw in the garbage.

Step Five: Once the rats have successfully dealt with, it’s time to remove their outdoor nests. Roof rats like to live under debris — usually under wood chips or something similar. All lumber and material that rats could use as shelter should to be stored above the ground. All trees and bushes need to be a minimum of five feet away from the roof in order to prevent access. What’s more, it’s a good idea to thin out the vegetation on your property. The denser it gets, the more likely rats will be inclined to call it home.

Step 6: Call The San Diego Rat Removal Experts!

If all else fails, and/or you aren’t feeling particularly motivated to learn a new trade (who can blame you, for it’s the reason we exist as a company in the first place!), give us a call at Wildlife Removal Services. We are more than able to reliably, affordably, and punctually solve your rat problem. Contact us today!