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.

Inspection

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.

 

 

Dangers of DIY Rat Removal

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Palm rats, also known as roof rats, citrus rats, or black rats are a rodent species that are very common in Florida because of our tropical climate and can often find their way into properties, becoming a nuisance for homeowners.

Palm rats can damage your electrical devices by gnawing on wiring, rummage through your kitchen and garden, cause destruction to your home’s attic– not to mention the risk they pose to your family by spreading disease. Simply put, if you find rats in your home, you want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

You may choose to go the do-it-yourself route to try to get rid of unwanted rats in your home, not realizing that a rat infestation isn’t something you should try to handle yourself.

Here are a few of the risks of DIY rodent removal to remind you why it should be left to the professionals.

Risk 1: Disease

One of the biggest risks of having rats in your home in the first place is the diseases they carry, and that is also a reason you should not try to remove them yourself.

They can transmit what’s known as RBF (rat-bite-fever) to you, your pets, or your children if you come in contact with them. Their droppings and urine also cause serious infection and disease.

If you are trying to set up traps or remove rats yourself, you could expose yourself to these potential dangers. Professional wildlife removal companies are trained in the proper procedures not only to trap and remove the rats safely but to decontaminate the area once they are gone.

Furthermore, any DIY rat poisons on the market also have harmful ingredients that are not safe to have in your home and can get your family or pets sick.

Risk 2: Damage

Since rats can destroy insulation, wiring, get into food, wood, and furniture, there is an added risk when trying to get into the area they are and set up traps. When rats get into your attic and potentially chew through wiring, the destruction they cause can lead to house fires or critical damage to your home.

A professional is trained to assess the current situation and evaluate if your home is in immediate danger and create a plan to trap the rats to mitigate any further damage.

Risk 3: Prevention

Many DIY rat control products are “quick fixes” but aren’t going to help you with keeping rats out of your home in the long term. At home rat traps and rat poison might help you kill or get critters out of your home, but one of the most important parts of rat control is prevention.

Sealing entry points is an essential step in the rat removal process. Rats are able to get into your home through some sort of entry point, usually in the roof (hence the nickname roof rats) that have to be identified and professionally sealed to keep them out for good.

Risk 4: Time & Cost

Many people go the DIY route because they want to see results right away, and they don’t want to spend a lot of money. However, this is counterproductive, because going with a professional wildlife company can save you money and time.

Since rodents are nocturnal, it can actually be difficult to identify them, and know exactly what type of rodent problem you are dealing with. If you’re unsure of the species and the entry points, you can often end up spending a lot of your valuable time and money on different treatments.

Since wildlife trappers are certified and highly trained in how to identify and remove rats, they will be able to identify your rat problem and create a solution that can be quickly executed and cost-effective.

Word with A Professional Rat Removal Company in Florida

If you’ve encountered a rat in your home, don’t panic!

Instead of going the DIY route and putting yourself more in danger and risking costly damage, call Alford Wildlife for help. We are a professional wildlife removal company that specializes in rat removal and rodent control services in Southwest Florida.

For a free quote on our services, contact us online or call (239) 491-7592.

How To Remove Nuisance Wildlife From Your Property

Monday, March 30th, 2020

What Is Nuisance Wildlife?

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, nuisance wildlife refers to an animal or animals exhibiting behavior that causes (or is about to cause) property damage, presents a threat to public safety, or causes an annoyance within, under, or upon a building.

With many animals adapting to survive in urban and suburban areas, they can often coexist with humans without creating conflict. I’m sure most of us have seen a squirrel on our lawns or birds in a tree outside and been fine with their presence, knowing that each species of Florida’s native wildlife serves important ecological roles.

However, when wildlife gets into parts of your home it shouldn’t be, like in your attic, or getting stuck under your home, or is causing property damage or a threat to your safety, that’s when proactive measures should be taken to remove them from your property.

What Are Common Types of Nuisance Wildlife in Florida?

There are a few different animals that are commonly found as nuisance wildlife in Florida. Depending on where the animal is, you might just hear a noise and not actually see it. Here is a list of the most common nuisance wildlife animals that need removal in Southwest Florida.

  • Rats are probably the most common nuisance wildlife animal in Florida. Palm rats, also known as roof rats or citrus rats, will invade any home with a small opening leading inside. They often take up residence in attics where they can cause property damage as well as spread diseases throughout the home.
  • Raccoons are another common nuisance wildlife animal that can be found in Florida. They can be found in attics, but also break into garages, porches, and lanais.
  • Opossums are scavenger animals that frequently get into pet food supplies and garbage. They can often be found in attics, walls and under homes.
  • Armadillos are burrowing animals that often choose to burrow next to or under a home. They can also be found in other covered areas like AC units, decks, or sheds. They dig and can often damage landscaping.
  • Moles are nuisance wildlife often found in Florida yards. They dig through soil and create tunnels as they search for worms and underground insects, causing damage to Florida lawns.
  • Squirrels are an animal commonly found in Florida, and often chew on wood and wires which can cause damage when they get into your home.

What to Do If You Find Nuisance Wildlife

There are a number of regulations around removing nuisance wildlife from your property by the FWC.

There are certain guidelines on what animals can be relocated and what traps you are able to use. There are a few DIY methods for capturing wildlife at home, but we do not recommend using those, especially when you are dealing with animals that can possibly be dangerous.

If you have nuisance wildlife on your property, you should reach out to a professional wildlife removal company that is licensed in wildlife removal and trapping. Not only are they trained to handle animals that could be potentially dangerous, but they are familiar with the rules and regulations that need to be followed.

When you encounter nuisance wildlife on your property, you should act immediately to remove any immediate threat of danger. That might mean keeping a certain area of your home blocked off or removing your children or pets from the home or area that the animal is in.

Try to take note of any of the information about the animal you have like what it looks like, what sounds it’s making, or what damage you see – that way you can share it with the professionals. Then, call a professional wildlife trapper to safely remove the animal from your property.

Work with A Professional Wildlife Removal Company in SWFL

If you find nuisance wildlife on your property in Southwest Florida, Alford Wildlife is a professional wildlife removal company that can help. We are licensed and trained to provide professional, safe and reliable wildlife removal of animals like rats, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, moles and other animals from your home or business property.

Based in Fort Myers, we provide service from Collier County to Hillsborough County, throughout Southwest Florida. Call us today for service!

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