How Rat Removal Services Work

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How Rat Removal Services Work

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

Rats are a common rodent in Southwest Florida. They love the warm weather as much as we do and will take any opportunity to invade your property if you are not cautious. Whether they are brown rats or palm rats, they will quickly reproduce and become a problem for you.

How to Identify Rats in Your Property

There are many signs that point to a rat infestation, however, you have to be very attentive to catch these as rats are nocturnal animals. Here are some of the signs that you have rats in your home:

  • The most obvious: You spot a rat on your property
  • There are rat droppings near your home, especially around your trash or your pet’s food.
  • You hear scratching sounds in your attic and mostly at night.
  • There are nests in hidden areas of your home.
  • You spot chewed wires or marks of teeth on wood.
  • You spot teeth marks on fallen fruit on your property.
  • There are signs of burrows in your yard.

If you spot any of these, we highly recommend you contact a professional rat removal company before rats take over your property and create damage.

How Effective Rat Removal Services Work

Once you have recognized you have a rat infestation and hire a rat removal services company, there are a couple of steps the professional will follow to ensure effective removal and prevention.


The first step to eliminating any rodents is to identify and confirm that you do have them on your property.

In an inspection, a professional will determine where the rats are congregating and setting up their nests. This is crucial to the rat removal process since it will show the rats’ trails. Inspections also reveal where they are feeding and the access points they have in your property.

There is a variety of equipment that can be used to spot rats if needed. Among the most well-known are:

  • UV light source: It can be used to find trails of urine.
  • Fluorescent Tracking Power: It attaches to rats and can be seen under UV lights to observe rats’ movements.

Sealing & Prevention

Simply eliminating rats will not solve your problem if you have access points in your home that can be invaded by other rats. To prevent recurrent infestation, all holes should be covered or at least filled with wire mesh, metal flashing, or any durable material that cannot be chewed through.

Some of the most common access points are:

  • Holes on garage doors
  • Holes on door frames leading outside the home
  • Holes on windows
  • Pipes
  • Cracked foundations
  • Roof vents and junctions

Make sure you take action in eliminating food sources, so you keep them from coming back. Some common food sources are pet food, food left uncovered overnight, and easily accessible trash.

Trapping & Elimination

After the problem with rats is identified and prevention methods are taken, then it is time for the professional to trap and eliminate them.

  • Setting up traps or baits. This method can take up to a couple of weeks since rats are very smart and cautious by nature.
  • Using rodenticides. When traps or baits are not enough, professionals will apply chemicals throughout your property. This method is mainly used when the rat population is large.

Clean Up

After the rats are eliminated, there needs to be proper sanitation to prevent bacteria and diseases from spreading. Professionals will use protective gear and disinfectant chemicals to handle the treated area. A thorough cleanup is the last step to rat removal.

Seeing Signs of Rats On Your Property?

If you have realized you have a rodent problem, give us a call today! The sooner you eliminate rats, the less damage they will cause. At Alford Wildlife & Pest Management, we have certified professionals with the knowledge and equipment to get rid of rats.

Even if you have not yet experienced any signs, we highly recommend our effective exclusion services to future avoid an infestation in this favorable rodent weather.

Call us today for a free quote.



How to Identify & Prevent Common Lawn Pests in Southwest Florida

Monday, December 9th, 2019

If you are a homeowner in Southwest Florida, having a healthy and well-tended lawn is probably very important to you. With the hot and humid weather in Florida, there are many outdoor pests that take up residence in your lawn. Here are some common lawn pests you might find in your yard in Southwest Florida.

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs are small bugs between 1/10 – 1/8 inches long, with black bodies and white, shiny wings that fold on their back. They are active all year long. Although they are not harmful to humans, they are piercing, sucking insects that suck the juice out of grass while injecting a toxin that kills grass. They tend to attack sunny areas of lawns and dwell in the thatch layer or in the crowns of individual grass plants.


Grubs are the larval forms of beetles – they can be between ¼ of an inch to 2 inches long and are creamy white and C-shaped with six legs. The larvae hatch in May and June, but they are year long pests. They damage lawns by feeding on the roots of turf grass. You can identify a grub infestation by seeing thin, yellow patches, scatter brown patches, or soft spongey areas of grass where the root damage has occurred.

Fall Army Worms

Fall army worms are a type of moth caterpillar. They are 1 to 2 includes long about the width of a pencil. They are light tan to shades of grey or green in color, with a head that is usually shiny black or brown, with a prominent yellow or white inverted “Y” marketing their front. Their body has stripes and black mole-like structures. They can typically be found in spring to fall, mostly around June through September. The worms typically lay their eggs on the underside of leaves, and then as the larvae hatches, they feed on the plants and grass close by. They are swift movers and can destroy shrubs and large patches of grass overnight.

Sod Web Worms

Sod web worms are another type of moth caterpillar. They are about ¾ inches long and vary in color from pinkish-white to yellowish brow. They have a dark brown or blac khead and are covered in fine hair. They are most active in spring and fall months. They typically rest in shrubbery during daylight hours and fly over grass in evenings, laying eggs over the lawn. You can spot an infestation by looking for brown spots and chewed grass blades. Like fall army worms, large areas of grass can be damaged severely in just a few days.

Fire Ants

Living in Southwest Florida, you are probably familiar with fire ants. Fire ants can be found in colonies that contain small bugs around 1/8 to ¼ of an inch in length that is brown or red in color. You will first recognize a dome-shaped mound they create on the ground, and you can see large swarms of ants moving together. Fire ants now only pose a significant threat to your lawn but pose a threat to people and pets with their venomous stings that can cause painful reactions.

Tips to Prevent Lawn Pests in Southwest Florida

No matter what you do to prevent bugs, it’s not always foolproof. That being said, here are a few tips that you can do to help your lawn flourish. First off, use a grass species that is known to grow well in your area, and do not trim the grass too short which promotes thatch to build up where many bugs like to dwell. Also, water the grass deeply, but infrequently.

Even if you take the best care of your lawn possible, you are still at risk of a pest infestation. If you are finding any of these pests in your lawn, they can do a lot of damage that is expensive to repair. If you are experiencing a lawn pest infestation it may be time to get professional pest control services.

Alford Wildlife is a professional pest management company that is licensed and has experience in a variety of areas including preventative pest control, pest removal, and pest extermination services. Contact us today at (239) 491-7592 to learn more!

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