When you think of Roof Rats, you usually think of rats entering structures through attics. Today I was on a very interesting call.
Roof Rats had actually excavated under a commercial building wall, into the building through a hole in the foundation where a pipe came up. They had then entered the attic and dropped into my clients building. When I entered the empty building next door to my clients, my breath way taken away by the severity of the infestation. Rats were everywhere. The Toilet was black from so many rats climbing up to get a drink.
Rats leave urine and fecal matter every where they go. This building will need major clean up, and disinfectant work. Rats carry many different diseases, and pose major health concerns.
This building will need Rat Exclusion work. All possible entry points (any hole the size of a quarter and up) will be sealed to prevent rats from entering the building. Sometimes during construction, small holes go unrecognized and get left open. In this case, the foundation will need to be fixed so rats can’t dig through spaces between concrete and pipes.
We will then trap rats that get sealed inside. We use large glue traps baited with peanut butter. These traps have to be places in areas where the rats normally reside or travel. Rats are much more cautious then mice, and have to be comfortable with their surroundings to take bait or check out anything new.
Final treatment for a rat infestation is baiting exterior rats. This helps to control rat population on the exterior of buildings. Controlling rats on the outside of buildings helps to prevent future infestations.
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