Rodent Control - Rambo Style
Rodents can be some of the most disturbing pests to find infesting your house. Many times their presence is not realized until one sneaks past your feet as you open the pantry door. Of all pests, rodents would come to mind as causing the fastest reaction time from the point when you realize that you have a problem to the time you call the professionals at Rambo Total Pest Control! Their speed, size, smell, and reputation will motivate even the greatest of pacifists into action! In recent years Rats have become an increasingly common household pet, and they can be very good company... when bought from the pet store disease-free. However, wild Rats and Mice pose serious threats to people and structures. It is known that rodents can spread Plague, Hantavirus, Salmonella, Rat Bite Fever, Leptospirosis (Weil's Disease) and Trichinosis. They have also been blamed on many house fires caused by chewing on wiring or by storing smoldering cigarette butts within their nest. Add to these factors the noise created when nesting within walls or attics, the awful odors caused by their urine in insulation material or decomposing rat corpses in the crawlspace, and the general gross-out factor associated with them and you will realize why so many people call Rambo to the rescue at the first sign of infestation. Many times the contamination becomes so severe that a crawlspace cleanoutwill be necessary to remove and replace sub-floor insulation, duct wrap insulation and ground vapor barrier in your crawlspace. We also offer other cleanout-type treatments.
The Norway Rat (aka: Brown Rat, Dump Rat, Barn Rat, Sewer Rat, Burrowing Rat, Water Rat, Common Rat, House Rat, Migratory Rat, Gray Rat, Wharf Rat) is one of the largest rodents infesting houses in Western Washington, it can be as long as 16 inches from tail to nose and usually weighs about 1 pound. They tend to spend most of their time near the ground-floor of structures. They are also excellent swimmers and will nest in sewers waiting for the most opportune time to swim up your drainpipe and pop out into your toilet. Roof Rats (aka: Black Rat, Ship Rat, Tree Rat, Climbing Rat) are known for their ability to walk along power lines from a tree to a house. They are excellent climbers with amazing balance and will find an access point on most houses rather easily. For any rat, burrowing under foundations, chewing through vent screens or siding, and widening existing holes are the most common paths of entry into a house. Rats love nesting in the insulation of a house in the crawlspace, basement or attic. Some say "the itchier, the better" as far as insulation goes. Once they find a nest site, rats will begin reproducing and one female rat can produce approximately 35 pups in her one year lifespan. Each of those pups is sexually mature within three months! This can create a very large population in a very short period of time. Feeding preferences of rats closely mirror that of humans and that is why rats will flourish almost anywhere humans can. Unfortunately we provide them with all the food and shelter they need! Rats need little water to survive and even less when moist foods are available.
Many types of mice exist but the most common are the House Mouse and the Deer Mouse. House Mice tend to be the more common to find in urban and suburban developed areas and Deer Mice are more common in the rural areas. As with rats they have versatile feeding preferences and obtain much of their moisture requirements from the food they eat. Mice are known for their "nibbling" of many different foods and curious nature in regards to new items placed in their surroundings. These factors help in determining the most effective control measures. All rodents have poor eyesight and excellent hearing, touching and smelling senses. These also effect the proper control measure to implement.
Rodent control requires a multi-faceted approach every time. The most important step in a control program is the initial inspection to determine entry points, nest areas, feeding locations, paths of travel and frequented areas. Baiting, Trapping and Exclusion, along with "cleanout" work, are the primary methods of control any time a rodent problem is discovered but this can be largely ineffective if a hasty initial inspection is performed. Many times the initial inspection is the only time most companies will investigate the whole structure, and if all the entry points are not located at that time then control will be obtained slowly if it is at all. At Rambo Total Pest Control we pride ourselves on our thorough treatments and inspections, not just the first time but every time. Call us today to find out the best, safest, quickest ways to control rodents in your house!