Throughout time, rats have left behind a wake of destruction, causing human suffering and economic damage. Everything from the plague to fires due to gnawed on wires have been linked to rats. These pesky creatures are also responsible for the destruction of many food supplies either by eating the food or through direct contact contamination. Because these pests are so destructive, it is imperative to contact a company specializing in rat removal Redondo Beach immediately after the first signs of a rat presence. 

About Rats

The most common rats found in the United States are the Norway and roof rats. The Norway rat is also known as the brown rat or sewer rat. This rat is found in every state across the country. Both species of rats like to build their nests in underground burrows, such as in sewers and inside buildings. However, they have been known to build nests on rooftops, in attics, in basements, and in crawl spaces. In the beginning, rats will build their nests in areas where people do not frequent and are often out of sight. Being out of sight allows the rats to swiftly breed undisturbed, quickly turning into a full blown infestation. 

Signs of an Infestation

The most common sign there are rats in the home is seeing live rats scurrying through the yard or home, as well as spotting dead rats on the property. The second most common sign is spotting traces of feces, urine, and tracks. Though these are the most common signs homeowners see when there is a rat infestation, there are many other signs to keep an eye out for. Other signs include seeing partially eaten foods, spotting gnaw marks on wood and plastic, as well as seeing shredded paper or insulation scattered about the home. Remember, where there is one rat spotted, there is generally more that are unseen. 

DIY or Hire Help

Sometimes homeowners like to conduct do-it-yourself projects around the home, however, dealing with rats can be much trickier than expected. This is because when a homeowner sees the first signs of a rat problem, they are probably only seeing one or two rats. If there are only a few rats, getting rid of them should be rather easy. Right? Wrong. 

Rat problems appear smaller than they truly are mostly because much of the rat population stays hidden behind walls, in basements, and in attics. It might be possible to rid the home of one or two, but the infestation will never be completely removed without professional help. Plus, many products used to take care of a home infestation must only be used by certified technicians. Because of this, it is best to hire a professional versus starting a DIY rat removal project. 

Hiring a Specialist

When hiring a rat removal Redondo Beach specialist it is imperative to ask questions associated with the removal of these pests. Verify the technician is licensed, certified, and insured to handle rat removal cases. Ask questions to verify he or she is knowledgeable enough to handle the situation. Get a list of all services and costs before signing the contract, including inspection, treatment, and follow up services. For example, is there a fee for the initial consultations or inspections and are follow up services an additional cost or are they included. Do not forget to ask about guarantees on services. 

Upon arrival, the technician should appear professional and have photo identification available. He or she should also have copies of licenses, permits, certifications, and insurance available for clients to review. 

Still have trouble finding a pest control specialist? Ask friends and family for referrals. If no one can recommend a company, conduct a search online. When searching online, check out the reviews and recommendations from others. Online reviews can help determine if a company is reputable or not. 

Rat Removal Process

Hiring a rat removal Redondo Beach specialist to come out and help offers peace-of-mind the job will be done correctly. The process ideally should start with an inspection, followed up with a plan to remove and control the rat population. From there, the specialist will schedule a time to come in to start the removal process. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, this part may take a few different appointments to ensure all rats have been removed. Once completed, the specialist will help come up with plans to clean up the home and protect it from future infestations. 

Before the rat removal process is set to begin, inform the technician about any young children, babies, elderly or pets in the home. It is also a good idea to inform him or her if any in the home is pregnant, plans to become pregnant or is suffering from a chronic illness. This information may have an effect on how the technician removes the rats from the home. 

Preventative Measures

Key to avoiding a rat infestation is to take preventative action before it occurs. The biggest thing anyone can do is to make the property less attractive for these pests. This includes trimming trees, covering garbage cans, and removing debris from the yard. Keeping the house clean and free of dropped food particles is also a good idea. Secure food in sealed containers and lift up everything from the floors in basements, garages, crawl spaces, and attics. Eliminate any potential hiding places within the home. 

Another way to repel rats from a property is to eliminate any entry points into the home. This includes weather stripping exterior door, sealing up any cracks and crevices.  Also securing screens on all windows, vents, and fireplace openings is helpful. Regularly check the exterior of the home for any gaps, cracks or crevices which may allow rats entry into the home. A rat removal Redondo Beach specialist can help with regular inspections of the home. 

Do not fall victim to rats. Know the signs and be prepared to rid the home of these dirty pests. Call for help with taking necessary exclusion steps to prevent the infestation of rats in the home. If it is too late, call a rat removal Redondo Beach specialist today for help.