Pest Norway Rat Removal Services

Norway Rat

Family/Order: Rodential/Muridae
Scientific Name: Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout)

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How do you get rid of Rats in the house, garage, attic, shed etc.?

 

Extermination & Control:

Important components of a successful Rat extermination and/or Rat control program.

  1. Insuring proper identification of all species of rodents onsite.
  2. Sanitation problems identified and rectified.
  3. Locate and eliminate all areas utilized by invading Rats as their food sources, water sources and harbourage.
  4. Locate all Rat entry points and/or possible entry points.
  5. Implement Rat extermination and/or Rat control program in conjunction with Rat exclusion tactics.
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Utilizing findings found once inspection has been completed will help identify any tell-tale signs of a Rat Infestation i.e. tracks, droppings, gnaw marks, rub marks, tunnels, burrows, runways, damaged and/or contaminated goods. Entry points and/or high traffic areas can also be identified by dark coloured spots or smears left behind by Rats as they rub up against different surfaces as they travel. Sanitation will play a major role in any Rat extermination and/or Rat control program. Keeping all food sources and/or water sources unavailable to Rats is crucial. All pet food should be sealed and out of reach of Rats, implement pet feeding schedule to insure pet food is not left out in their bowls all day and night to help prevent attracting Rats to the area and/or eliminate food sources, all pet feeding areas should be sanitized regularly to remove any scents or food particles Rats will surely be attracted to, making sure all pet fecal matter is picked up and properly secured as Rats have been know to use this as a food source as well. Outdoor kitchens should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after each use, Outdoor BBQ’s contain drip cans which are full of wonderful smells and flavors which Rats will surely be attracted to. Grass seed and/or bird food stored in the garage or shed must be sealed and out of reach of invading Rodents. Rats can be trapped using snap traps, glue boards and/or live traps can be utilized. Some popular baits with Rats include, sardines, sweet treats, meat, bread, cereal or if you have noticed something they seem to be interested in and are taking already that would be an ideal bait to start with. Furthermore, Rats are neophobic which is the fear of anything new, so it may take a little time for Rats to enter bait stations or engage snap traps. It is also recommended when utilizing snap traps to bait the traps and not set the trap for a couple weeks, letting the Rats take the bait and continue to feed without setting the traps, this will allow Rats to become familiar with the trap that has just been placed, furthermore, Rats also communicate with each other via pheromones, which are chemicals excreted by invading Rats which have the ability to signal and/or trigger a social response from other Rats of the same species, there are pheromones for representing food, stress, sex, alert and safe zones etc. thus with the trap and the area its in. Positioning traps and/or bait stations in close proximity to entry points, burrows, runways and tunnels will help improve the success any Rat extermination and/or Rat control program.

FREQUENTLY ASKED RAT EXTERMINATION & CONTROL QUESTIONS

Norway Rat Removal
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET RID OF RATS?
A. Rat control and/or extermination is highly situational, depending on the size of the colony which is directly relative to food and water sources available to the rats which will need to be eliminated in conjunction with how cautious and educated the rats are will determine the timeframe of extermination which could take anywhere from 4 weeks to a few months with some situations only obtaining population control and not complete extermination.
Q. HOW DO YOU CLEAN-UP RAT DROPPING?
A. Cleaning-up rat drooping can be dangerous if not performed properly. PPE (personal protective equipment) should always be worn, with the bare minimum being rubber gloves, dust mask and goggles to prevent pathogens which can become airborne from entering through airways and eyes. Spraying a very light mist of water mixed with your favorite cleaning solution with help keep air-borne pathogens from becoming air-borne.
Q. HOW DO RATS GET IN YOUR HOME?
A. Rats and/or other rodent can use multiple entry points to enter your home and/or structure, some hot spots to check would be anywhere major utilities enter the structure i.e. hydro, central air, plumbing, exhaust vents etc. rats can also enter threw roof vents, soffits and/or entry points they have gnawed themselves. Depending how old your foundation is and/or if its brick you could have hole or gaps in the brick. Anywhere there is dirt floors in the basement and/or crawlspaces Rats can tunnel right inside and gain access easily.
Q. WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO EXTERMINATE RATS?
A. Using snap traps with a baiting program for a few weeks without setting the traps in conjunction with tamper-resistant bait stations positioned out of reach of children and pets in areas Rats have entry points, tunnels, runways etc. combined with some patience will be most successful.

DESCRIPTION:

Being one of the biggest commensal rodents which translates (sharing one’s table) in terms of the Norway rat relates to the fact they live off animals and humans and not providing any benefit and/or any worth whatsoever. The Norway Rat has a chunky body and weighs in anywhere from 6 to 20 ounces with a body length of 6 to 11 inches and their tails adding another 5 to 8 inches in length. Their fur is a brown colour, rough and bushy with some scattered black hairs, They have a blunt nose combined with small eyes and ears finished with their bi-coloured tail which comes in a little shorter then the overall length of their body and heads combined with their drooping anywhere for ¼ to ¾ ‘s of an inch with the ends looking like there pinched off or blunt.

BIOLOGY

Norway Rats will reach sexual maturity anywhere from 2 to 5 months with a lifespan ranging from 7 to 13 months depending on environmental conditions in conjunction with food supplies. Female Rats giving birth to 3 to 7 litters per year. Having keen hearing, taste, touch and sense of smell the Norway Rat suffers from poor eyesight.

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