Rat Pest Control
It doesn’t matter where you live – in the suburbs, city, or out in the country, you may find yourself dealing with a rat issue from time to time.
And especially when temperatures begin to fall because they search for water, food, and shelter. They may find your garage, basement, or attic a comfortable place to live, or they may decide to move their activities inside your home.
Getting rid of rats on your own can be dangerous, time-consuming, expensive, and in the end, may not yield the desired results. You need to get rid of them permanently and get any infested areas with urine and feces cleaned up safely and correctly.
At Titan Pest & Wildlife, we follow a two-step rat elimination strategy to rid your home of these pests and ensure that they do not invade your home again. We will get rid of your rat infestation with safe and minimal use of chemicals. Because of humans’ proximity to the infested areas, we take extra precautions to avoid any toxicity or allergies developing in our customers.
What Attracts Rats to Your Home?
Rats are mammals, so they look for warm places to live, especially when it’s cold outside. They also require food, which is harder to find during the harsh winter months. Therefore, they may find both of these requirements in your house.
Rats are opportunistic when it comes to food. If it’s readily available, they are likely to find it. So other factors may attract rats to your home. Some of these include:
- Accessible pet food
- Trash left in the garage
- Messes left uncleaned
- Easy ways to enter your home, such as holes in drywall
- Areas that can provide shelter, such as piles of boxes, woodpiles, etc.
Why Are Rats a Problem?
First of all, they are highly destructive because they cause a lot of damage everywhere they live. They can chew through almost anything, like wood, drywall, thick plastic, insulation, metal, wires, and more.
Also, rats carry diseases like Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Salmonellosis, and others. They can spread to humans directly through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva. But some diseases they carry can also be spread by breathing in dust contaminated with their urine or feces.
How to Get Rid of Rats
Many people set a trap or two, and the rats might disappear for a time. However, most people who have dealt with rats in the past know that they are bound to come back when you have had rats in your house once.
Before you try out all the DIY methods, such as baits and rat poisons, keep in mind that you are dealing with a pest that has grown immune to many of the over-the-counter pesticides. While you may be able to trap one, there might be others lurking elsewhere in the house or waiting to make an entry. Only a trained and well-equipped rat exterminator can ensure that all rats in your home are removed, and all entry points are adequately sealed to prevent any future invasions.
If you have a rat infestation, the Titan Pest & Wildlife experts will work hard to remove them and keep them out permanently. We utilize integrated pest management (IPM). It is a safe, effective, and economical way to control pests while protecting your health and the environment.
Conventional pest control involves the routine application of pesticides. In contrast, IPM programs take advantage of all pest management tactics. It is not a single control method but instead involves integrating multiple control methods.
The four principles of a successful IPM program include:
- Pest identification
- Eliminate water and food sources and shelter
Not only is an integrated pest management system healthier for people because it doesn’t create exposure to chemicals and toxins, but it is also a much less expensive way to eliminate and prevent pest problems. Instead of spending a large amount of money on bug sprays and toxins, the system is typically maintenance-free once the issue is addressed.
Pest Control in St. Louis & Kansas City
We are a full-service pest control company in St. Louis & Kansas City and offer a wide range of effective, safe, and humane solutions that are designed to protect your home and family from unwanted pests. Contact Titan Pest & Wildlife today!