Dangers of DIY Rat Removal

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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.

Hear Animals in The Attic? Here’s What to Do

Friday, December 27th, 2019

As a professional wildlife removal company, one of the common things we hear from our clients when they call is “I have an animal in my attic.”

If you live in a home with an attic, it’s an area where nuisance wildlife can frequently enter and nest in. Although they might not spend a lot of time up there, an animal’s presence can cause some long term damage to your home and be a frightening thing to deal with as a homeowner.

Keep reading to find out the types of animals in your attic, risks of animals in your attic, signs of animals in your attic, and what to do if you find animals in your attic.

What Kinds of Animals Live in The Attic?

Depending on where you are geographically, there are quite a few different creatures that could be taking up residence in your attic. Here are some of the most common animals we find that need to be removed from attics in Southwest Florida:

  • Rodents or Rats – Roof rats, also known as palm rats, often nest in Florida homes.
  • Squirrels – if you are hearing scampering noises during the day, a squirrel has probably gotten access to your attic.
  • Raccoons – Racoons are capable of ripping shingles and soffit off and ripping holes in weak areas of a building. If they can loosen a shingle or create an opening in the roof, they can enter your attic and stay.

Risk of Animals in Your Attic

We all know having an unwanted animal in your attic is probably not a good thing. But what are the specific dangers associated with having an animal in the attic?

  • Long term damage – most animals are going to gnaw and claw at the walls and floors of your attic, which can cause damage to the insulation, ductwork, wires, and sheetrock in the attic. They also will release excrement, which will cause a foul smell and can also cause damage to wood and sheetrock when left to fester in the attic, especially in the Southwest Florida heat.
  • Disease – Animals living in the attic can carry disease to you, your family, or your pets. Many common animals that are found in the attic can carry mites, ticks, and fleas that can spread throughout your home. The urine and feces that they leave behind can also cause disease if someone in your home comes in contact with it. Dust spread throughout your home can become contaminated with diseases caused by the creatures in your attic, which can cause disease as well.
  • Disturbance – An obvious danger you will encounter from having an animal in your home is the disturbance caused by them. Activities the animals will engage in – from feeding, mating, to normal communication – will cause unwanted noise that can be alarming to your family. Because many animals are nocturnal, they can often disturb sleep.

Signs of Animals in Your Attic

As previously mentioned, the noises you will hear are usually an early indicator of animals in the attic. There are a few specific noises to look for, and they might indicate which animal you are dealing with.

  • Gnawing or squeaking, especially at night, will often be from rats who are nocturnal.
  • Scampering or scurrying noises are typically from squirrels or rodents.
  • Purrs, whimpers, snarls, growls, hissing or screaming noises are most likely from raccoons.

There are a few other signs that will signal you that there is nuisance wildlife in your attic:

  • Animal droppings or urine
  • Nests made of paper, leaves or twigs
  • Disturbed insulation
  • Ducts ripped apart
  • Animal tracks left in dust
  • Entry holes on the exterior of your home

If you find any of these signs in or around your attic, especially combined with hearing noises, that’s a clear sign that there is an unwanted critter living in your attic.

Get Professional Wildlife Removal Service for Animals in Your Attic

Because each of the common animals you find in your attic are all different, there are different ways to handle them.

Rats are often best to remove with lethal traps and exclusion work, while squirrels are often easier removed with live traps or a one-way exclusion door. There are DIY ways to remove animals from your attic, but since each situation will be different and for the best results, we recommend working with a professional wildlife removal company.

Alford Wildlife is a licensed wildlife removal company in Southwest Florida that has expertise in a variety of areas including animal removal, animal relocation, animal exclusion, decontamination, insulation, and population management.

If you have nuisance animals in your attic, we can remove it safely and make sure that they won’t come back. For help with removing animals from your attic, or any other nuisance wildlife or pest control needs, contact Alford Wildlife online or call us at (239) 491-7592 today!

 

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