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Rat Removal Torrance

Rat Removal Torrance

Rat Removal Torrance

Eric: All right. So we’re here with Travis from all city animal trapping. Travis has a lot of experience in doing animal trapping and animal removal in the South Bay area. And specifically these days we’re getting a lot of calls for a rat removal. And I’m a part of South Bay, which is Torrance, there seems to be a lot of rat removal Torrance jobs and phone calls coming in. So I wanted to get your feedback on rat removal in the Torrance area.

All City Animal Trapping: Okay well thank you for having me Eric. Like you said, I’ve been doing this about 17 years and servicing the South Bay area. As you mentioned, we are heading into, I guess, what you would call rat season. Every month is rat season year round. But when they start to nest and have their young, they can do it up to twice a year. Usually it’s isolated around once a year, kind of in the Christmas time area. And that’s when you’re going to get them chewing into attics and are going underneath houses. What they’re trying to do is separate themselves from anything that’s a predator and find a way to have their babies without those babies being eaten.

That is the majority of what we’re doing right now. If you’re hearing a lot of noise running around in the attic and you’re not hearing independent footsteps, which would indicate maybe a larger animal and you’re hearing scurrying instead, or just gnawing, and it sounds like a dog with a chew toy. That’s rats and their teeth never stopped growing.

So they have to file them down. They don’t do that by chewing on something. They’ll actually cause a huge overbite and not be able to eat any food because of it. So they have to gnaw on things constantly to keep those teeth ground down a little bit. What’s weird, and I’ve been seeing this over the last 10 years, I guess, it’s to be expected But I had a job in North Torrance, I’ll say a year ago, roughly.

And the lady had called me. And so it’s an abandoned apartment complex in North Torrance, so a lot of units. But nobody really there at the time. And this wasn’t because of the rodents, they were demoing it and doing something else. But in the meantime they wanted the rodents gone. And the lady, it’s weird when I’m remembering all this stuff, because it was a strange circumstance.

The lady goes, okay so I have 30 to 40 rats in this complex, which is quite a bit. You know, normally it would be maybe in the 10 to 15 range. And I’m like, wow you’ve got quite a bit. Especially with nobody there and no food sources, that’s kind of strange. She goes, well they’re kind of my rats. And I’m like, what do you mean by your rats?

What does that, what are you feeding them? What does that indicate? And she goes, can you get them out humanely and all that. So to divert from the story for a second, humane trapping of rats is difficult. It’s very difficult and it’s not extremely cost-effective trying to catch them one by one in a trap requires somebody checking the traps every day.

And you’re only catching one for the space that that trap takes up. Whereas with glue pads and snap traps, which are more archaic forms of trapping in inner kind of brutal. The only advantage to those is multiple catches. The speed and efficiency and they’re cheaper, so you can set a bunch of them. So I’m trying to explain this to her, but I also want to convince her to do anything she doesn’t want to do.

I’m all about humane trapping. It’s just that rodents sometimes the trapping methods are more effective if you go towards the snap trap route. I get out to the property and I meet with her onsite manager and he’s like, hey, this is weird. Like, if you even walk in and run up to these rats, start running up to you because they’re in bed and I’m going, what is that?

Never heard of that, what does that mean? I guess, can we just grab them, can we pick them up and put them in a bag and take them somewhere else? What are we doing here? He’s like, I don’t know. So. As I walk in, sure enough rats are scurrying around in the property and it’s not because it’s dirty or anything like that.

It’s because they’ve been allowed to expand. That’s really all that it is. But I see one goes by. How colored it’s shaped white with black and brown spots. And I go, wait, that’s like a petco rat,. And he’s like, yeah, they’re almost all like that. Well you can identify a pet rat versus like Norway roof rat.

And some of the other types of styles of reds we deal with are like this. Kind of tarnished gray to almost bluish color. And the rest are kind of brown, maybe with little black stripes or not stripes but mis colorings and the fur. But that’s about that of what you see. You really don’t see a ton of jet black rats or white rats at all.

So I’m seeing multicolored patched cute rats. They look like the ones you see in a display case. And then they’ve also mated with the regular rats in the area. So there’s these multicolored patches everywhere in there. And because I guess she had been feeding them, they had just been multiplying and multiplying.

So the colony is partially okay with humans, but also bred in with very wild rats. And yeah, that was one of the more strange jobs I had. She wanted us to live trap all of them, which is essentially cage trapping. And that’s what we ended up doing. Honestly, it wasn’t the fastest way to get it done. It wasn’t the best way to do it.

It did take longer then setting up snap traps but she wanted them alive and then take into her place and put in a cage over at her place. I have no idea what she wanted to do with them or what her end goal was. To each to their own, but that was probably one of the first times I’d seen interbreeding between a rat that we know isn’t from here is from a petco or brought from overseas or something like that with the rabbits that are already here.

And there were substantially larger as well. It was kind of creepy. It looked like guinea pigs running around on the floor, except stretched down rat version. Yeah, that was really weird in the amount.

Eric: That’s a cool story. So that was in Torrance? You were doing rap removal in Torrance and, wow. So you guys are doing animal trapping and animal removal in the South Bay area and that’s how people found you. If somebody wants to get a hold of you, they go to your website allcityanimaltrapping.com. If you’re looking for service in the South Bay area, Travis will be the person that will be showing up at your door or in your backyard and helping you out.  Thank you, Travis.

All City Animal Trapping: No problem.

 

The most common rats found in the United States are the Norway and roof rats. Both of these creatures leave a wake of destruction behind them as they gnaw on structures and their urine and feces carry deadly diseases. With rats being such a nuisance, it is imperative to call for help from a rat removal Torrance specialist to help rid the home of these pests. Specialists can help with everything including the removal of the rats, cleaning up after the rats, and helping homeowners repair the home to prevent more rats from invading in the future.

Habitats

Rats prefer to build their nests in areas where there is very little human traffic. Most common areas where rats are found include underground burrows, sewers, basements, and remote areas within buildings. Though they do prefer to have their nests underground, some rats have been known to build their nests on rooftops and in attics. The location of a rat’s nest depends greatly upon easy entry access, human traffic of the area, and the availability of food.

Destruction

Rats are known for not only being very dirty creatures, but for also destroying properties. Once in a home they gnaw on wood, plastic, and drywall. They also chew through wires and if not caught in time may start an electrical fire. Rats tear apart drywall and shred paper for materials to build nests. Should a rat get trapped and die inside a wall it can leave a horrific smell throughout the home. It may be impossible to get to the rat and the smell can linger for many weeks after it is removed.

In addition, rats leave urine and droppings everywhere they go. Both of these carry diseases which are very harmful to humans and domesticated animals. Some diseases are deadly and rats have been blamed for spreading epidemic diseases such as the plague. Not only does rat feces and urine carry diseases, the waste of rats can leave behind a smell. Once a home is infested with rats, it requires help from a professional rat removal Torrance to remove the rats and professionally clean the home. A deep cleaning of the home is required to sanitize all surfaces which may have been contaminated by the rats.

Diseases

For the most part, rats hide out of sight, which is why they are able to grow in population so swiftly. Though rats tend to stay away from humans and family pets, there is a chance of an encounter. If possible, avoid contact with the rat and call for help removing the pests from the home. Should a rat feel threatened or scared, it may bite, causing the spread of diseases such as rat bite fever and leptospirosis. Rats also carry parasites, such as fleas, which also carry an assortment of diseases.

In addition to transferring diseases through direct contact, humans can become infected with diseases when coming in contact with rat urine and feces. Make sure to use proper protective gear, such as gloves and masks when dealing with rat feces. If feces and urine spots are noticed, call for help removing the pests and clean up the contaminated areas. This is the best thing to do to ensure the health and safety of those in the household.

Key Points of Entry

There are many ways a rat can access the interior of a home. Even the smallest of crevices can allow a rat to seek shelter within a structure. Rats like to hide in roof overhangs, attics, garages, basements, under patios, and in crawl spaces. Key entry points into the home include windows, doors, garage doors, crevices between structure and incoming pipes and vents, and gaps in the walls and roofing. Sealing off and securing these entry points will discourage rats from entering a home. This is key to keeping a home rat free.

Rat Control

Long-term rat control is all about controlling rat populations. This includes using non-lethal exclusion methods and possibly the use of lethal methods, such as snap traps, to rid the home of the pest. If rats are present a rat removal Torrance specialist will inspect the property to confirm and help identify all risk areas. The specialist will remove the rats, seal off vulnerable entry points, and return to reinspect ensuring all exclusion measures were effective.

Long-Term Rat Control

Rat control is not something that is done one time and is completed. It is a long-term process requiring regular inspections and repairs to eliminate entry points. Upgrading sanitation methods and keeping a home clean will make the home less appealing to rats. If a home has already had a rat infestation, long-term control involves finding what caused the problem in the first place. Rat proof the home by sealing up cracks, cleaning up debris, secure screens, and ultimately make the home less appealing for the rats. Regular inspections, as well as routine cleaning and maintenance will help with long-term rat control.

Hiring a Specialist

Check to verify the rat removal specialist is licensed, insured, and capable of handling the job. Do not be afraid to ask for references and to verify any documentation. Verifying information is key to hiring a professional that is qualified and certified to legally remove rats from a home, as well as help with any repairs.

Rat Control Contract

Before signing a contract for rat removal Torrance, verify what is and is not included in it. Ask if there is a fee for the inspection or initial consultation and which treatments are included in the price. Inquire about the cost of follow up services or if they are included in the original contract price. Understand how any guarantees work regarding the removal, service, and work performed. Read the contract thoroughly so there are no surprises when the bill comes or additional services are needed.

Keeping a home clean and clutter free is just the beginning when it comes to dealing with a rat infestation. Hiring a specialist to help with the rat removal Torrance will ensure the job is done efficiently and effectively. Once the home is rat free, focus on long-term exclusion methods to prevent any future infestations.