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Why Hire All City Animal Trapping for Rat Removal

Expert Rat Removal Services You Can Rely On

As the owner of All City Animal Trapping, I am proud to offer professional, humane, and effective rat removal services. Here’s why you should choose us to address your rat problems:

1. Experienced Professionals

Our team consists of licensed and trained rodent control experts with extensive experience in handling rat infestations. We understand rat behavior and the best methods for their safe and efficient removal.

2. Humane and Ethical Practices

We prioritize humane and ethical methods for trapping and removing rats. Our state-of-the-art techniques ensure that rats are removed safely and humanely, in compliance with all California wildlife regulations.

3. Comprehensive Service

We provide a full range of services to address all aspects of rat removal:

  • Detailed Inspections: Our experts conduct thorough inspections to identify entry points, nesting areas, and the extent of the infestation.
  • Safe Removal: We use effective and humane methods to capture and remove rats from your property.
  • Damage Repair: Our team repairs any damage caused by rats, including sealing entry points to prevent future infestations.
  • Preventive Measures: We implement strategies to make your property less attractive to rats, ensuring long-term protection.

4. Customer Satisfaction

Your satisfaction is our top priority. We offer personalized solutions tailored to your specific needs and guarantee your satisfaction with our services. Our customer-centric approach ensures that you receive the best possible care and support throughout the entire process.

5. Fast and Reliable Service

We understand the urgency of rat problems and offer prompt response times to address your issues quickly. Our reliable services ensure that your home or business is rat-free in no time.

6. Affordable and Transparent Pricing

We provide competitive pricing and transparent quotes with no hidden fees. You can trust that you are getting excellent value for high-quality services. We offer free consultations and provide detailed quotes for all our services.

7. Local Expertise

As a local business, we understand the unique wildlife challenges faced by our community. We are committed to serving our neighbors with dedication and professionalism.

8. Proven Track Record

Our satisfied customers and positive reviews speak to our success in solving rat problems effectively and humanely. We take pride in our work and stand by the quality of our services.

What Damage Can Rats Do to Your Home or Property?

Understanding the Risks with All City Animal Trapping

As the owner of All City Animal Trapping, I’ve seen firsthand the extensive damage that rats can cause to homes and properties. While they may seem small, their impact can be significant and costly. Here’s what you need to know about the potential damage rats can inflict:

Chewing and Gnawing

Rats have strong teeth that continually grow, so they gnaw on various materials to keep them trimmed. This can lead to:

  • Damage to Walls and Floors: Rats can chew through wood, drywall, and even concrete, causing structural damage to your home.
  • Ruined Insulation: They can tear up insulation to use as nesting material, reducing its effectiveness and leading to higher energy bills.

Chewing on Wires

One of the most dangerous aspects of a rat infestation is their tendency to chew on electrical wiring, which can result in:

  • Fire Risks: Exposed wires can spark and cause fires, posing a significant threat to your home and safety.
  • Power Outages and Electrical Malfunctions: Damaged wires can lead to electrical issues, requiring costly repairs and disrupting your home’s power supply.

Disease Transmission

Rats can carry numerous diseases and parasites that pose health risks to humans and pets, including:

  • Salmonella and Hantavirus: These diseases can be transmitted through rat droppings, urine, and saliva.
  • Parasites: Rats can introduce fleas, ticks, and mites into your home, which can spread to pets and humans.

Contamination

Rats often contaminate food and surfaces with their droppings and urine, which can lead to foodborne illnesses and unsanitary conditions.

Damaging Pipes

Rats can chew on plastic and metal pipes, leading to leaks and water damage. This can result in:

  • Mold and Mildew Growth: Leaks create damp environments that encourage mold and mildew growth, which can damage your property and affect your health.
  • Structural Damage: Prolonged water exposure can weaken the structure of your home, leading to costly repairs.

Gnawing and Nesting

Rats can cause significant damage to personal belongings, including:

  • Clothing and Fabrics: They may chew on clothing, upholstery, and other fabrics to gather nesting materials.
  • Stored Items: Rats can damage items stored in attics, basements, and garages, ruining valuable possessions and important documents.

 

Digging and Burrowing

Rats often dig and burrow in gardens and landscaped areas, which can:

  • Destroy Plants and Vegetables: They may eat plants, vegetables, and fruits, damaging your garden and reducing your harvest.
  • Undermine Soil Stability: Burrowing can destabilize soil, leading to erosion and damage to landscaping features.

Protect Your Home with All City Animal Trapping

Understanding the potential damage rats can cause underscores the importance of timely and professional intervention. At All City Animal Trapping, we specialize in humane and effective rat removal, ensuring your home remains safe and secure.

 

 

Our Process for Rat Removal at All City Animal Trapping

As the owner of All City Animal Trapping, I am committed to providing a thorough, humane, and effective rat removal service. Here’s how our process works to ensure your home is rat-free:

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1: Comprehensive Inspection

Detailed Property Assessment

Our process begins with a comprehensive inspection of your property. Our expert team will:

  • Identify rat entry points.
  • Assess the extent of the infestation.
  • Locate nesting sites and areas of high activity.

Customized Action Plan

Based on the inspection, we develop a tailored plan that addresses your specific rat problem, ensuring effective and efficient removal.

2: Humane and Effective Trapping

Safe Trapping Methods

We use state-of-the-art, humane traps to capture rats. Our traps are designed to:

  • Minimize stress and harm to the rats.
  • Ensure safe capture for removal.

Strategic Placement

Traps are strategically placed in areas with high rat activity. We regularly monitor and check the traps to ensure timely removal.

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3: Rat Removal and Exclusion

Professional Handling

Once trapped, rats are handled with care by our trained professionals. We ensure they are safely removed from your property.

Exclusion Techniques

To prevent future infestations, we:

Seal all identified entry points.
Use durable materials that blend with your property’s structure.

4: Damage Repair and Sanitation

Entry Point Sealing

We meticulously seal all entry points to ensure that rats cannot re-enter your property. This includes repairing holes, cracks, and other vulnerabilities.

Damage Repair

We offer repair services to fix any damage caused by rats, including:

  • Electrical repairs if wiring has been chewed.
  • Insulation replacement if nesting has occurred.
  • Structural repairs to walls, floors, and roofs.

 

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5: Prevention and Maintenance

We implement preventive strategies to make your property less attractive to rats, such as:

  • Advising on proper storage of food and waste.
  • Providing tips on maintaining a clean and clutter-free environment.
  • Installing rat-proof barriers around vulnerable areas.

Follow-Up Services

Our team provides follow-up visits to ensure that the measures are effective and that your property remains rat-free. We are always available for additional support and advice.

 

Rat Identification

There are two main species of rats commonly found infesting North American homes – the roof rat and the Norway rat. Roof rats, also called black rats, are superb climbers, often inhabiting roofs, attics, walls, cabinets, shrubs, trees, and vegetation. Roof rats gain access to homes through windows and eaves. These rats are darker in color – brown with black spots – and have tails that are longer than their bodies. 

Norway rats, also known as brown or sewer rats, burrow in fields and under foundations. These rats like to live in lower levels of buildings and are not as good of climbers as roof rats. Norway rats are the largest of rats, with tails shorter than their bodies. 

In general, rats are larger than mice; however, younger rats are often misidentified as mice. Their oversized head and long feet can help quickly identify rats. Rats have teeth marks that are much larger than the marks left behind by mice. 

Rat Diets

Rats are not very picky eaters. They are very opportunistic when it comes to finding food. Rats eat everything from other dead animals to fallen fruit and garbage to pet food. When living in residential areas, rats will take advantage of a variety of different food sources. Residential communities offer rats food sources, including pet food, garbage cans, gardens, and scraps from outdoor dining. 

Signs of Rats

The most apparent signs there are rats in the home include seeing living or dead rats’ presence. For the most part, rats prefer to stay out of sight; however, some will be spotted in plain sight when the nest is overflowing with rats. Another critical sign of rat infestation is the spotting of rat droppings in cabinets, attics, crawl spaces, and along baseboards. Additionally, rats tend to leave dirt and grease marks on surfaces, such as walls and floorboards, as they scurry throughout the home. 

Rat runs, which are tracks left in grass and low vegetation areas, may be present in the yard. Because rats often follow the same path, it may be possible to identify where the nest is and how the rats are getting in the home through these runs. 

Other signs rats are present in the home are chew marks on materials, such as plastic and wood. Rats damage these materials trying to gain access to food and shelter and use these materials to build their nests. Keep an eye out for teeth marks, large holes, or shreds of fabric, which is a sign there might be a rat infestation. 

Diseases

Rats carry an assortment of diseases that are very harmful to humans and domesticated animals. These diseases get transmitted through contact with the rats, rat bites, and their feces and urine. Some diseases are treatable, while others are quite deadly. Seek medical attention immediately when coming in contact with rats and their droppings to get checked out. 

Diseases transmitted by rats include: 

Eosinophilic Meningitis. This disease is caused by worms that infect the body, eventually causing a person’s brain issues. The words are found in the rat’s lungs and transmitted to humans as a parasite. 

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Transmitted through rat waste and can be life-threatening if handled without wearing gloves or masks.  

Leptospirosis. Also spread by bacteria, this disease is dangerous to humans and animals. Symptoms include high fever, muscle aches, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. If symptoms continue, seek medical attention because this disease can lead to severe complications, including liver failure, kidney damage, meningitis, and respiratory disease. 

Rat-Bite Fever – Transmitted through the bacteria in a rat via a bite or scratch. This disease can be transmitted through eating contaminated food. Throw away any food potentially infected by a rat and contact a doctor immediately if bitten or scratched by one. 

Salmonella Typhimurium. Like typhoid, this disease is not as severe but can cause serious health problems and symptoms. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and severe pain. Symptoms are terrible but only last about seven days and can be deadly among those who have existing health complications or are elderly. Seek treatment immediately when experiencing these symptoms. 

Damage

Rats can leave a wake of damage behind them, leaving homeowners dealing with thousands of dollars worth of damage. The diseases left behind by rat’s fur, droppings, and urine cause a biological hazard needing containment, clean up, and restoration. Handling or inhaling particles from rat’s waste cause major health complications and can be deadly. Call for assistance from a rat removal specialist for help and guidance with cleaning up any biohazards caused by the rats. 

Building their nests, rats tear apart wood, insulation, and furniture. These pests also chew through electrical wires, creating significant fire hazards in attics and within a home’s walls. Homeowners experience other electrical problems associated with chewed wires, such as malfunctioning appliances, power-related issues, and lighting problems. Repairing damage can be costly, especially if the home catches fire due to chewed wires. 

Rats can cause damage to personal items stored in basements, attics, and hidden areas of the home. With rat infestations, items in storage become contaminated by feces, covered in urine, chewed through, and destroyed. Call for an exterminator for help at the first signs of rats to reduce the chances of personal items, food, and other household items becoming contaminated. 

Access Into the Home

Rats are smart creatures and use the tiniest of access points to get inside a home. Knowing how rats gain access into a home is essential to eliminating a rat infestation. To find access points conduct a thorough inspection of the home’s structure. Check the roof, plumbing, vents, eaves, AC chases, and chimneys. Check even the tiniest of entry points, which can be made larger by a rat gnawing on surrounding materials. Inspect attics and crawl spaces for droppings, gnawed pipes, destroyed insulation, and chewed wires. These signs of rat infestations may lead to the entry point the rats are using to get into the home. 

Rats are very agile climbers, making it possible for them to climb up into attics and access some of a home’s most remote locations. Surfaces such as porous walls, bricks, tree bark, and vines offer plenty of rats’ climbing opportunities. Though these pests can climb most surfaces, they are unable to scale glass or smooth interior walls. Additionally, rats can jump pretty high, which helps them get into some remote locations in a structure. Prevent rats from jumping and climbing by keeping clutter away from walls and eliminating any potential climbing surfaces into the home. 

Inspection Safety Concerns

Rats do not always hang out or hide on the first floor of buildings. A ladder or climbing on a roof is often necessary when inspecting a home for rat activity. Use caution when climbing a ladder or scaling a roof looking for entry points. To prevent exposure to deadly diseases from rat feces and urine, use a respirator when inspecting small spaces such as attics and crawl spaces. If unsure about the structure’s safety, consult a rat removal specialist to do the dirty work involved in locating entry points. 

Entry Points

Once the entry points are identified, it is time to seal them all up. Sealing entry points first helps prevent rats from getting back into the home during the rat removal process. Place wire cages over vents and chimneys. Board up any holes or gaps in the house’s siding and seal gaps between pipes, ventilation ducts, and siding. Depending on the number of entry points, it might be best to hire a pest control company or general contractor to complete the repairs. 

DIY or Hire Help

Dealing with rats is something homeowners can do on their own. However, rat infestations can quickly get out of control, resulting in hiring a rat removal specialist. Rat removal as a DIY project could pose serious health consequences. Additionally, not all home remedies for rat infestations are effective. Rather than waste time seeing if DIY remedies work or put those in the home at risk, call in the professionals. 

Hiring Help

A rat infestation is something that must be addressed swiftly. Because of the urgency associated with dealing with rats, some homeowners rush the process and sometimes fail to ensure they are working with a reputable rat removal company. Before signing the contract, ask for more details about the rat removal process and any satisfaction guarantee. 

Legitimate extermination and wildlife control specialists are licensed, insured, and have all appropriate paperwork associated with handling rats. Do not be afraid to ask to see these documents and inquire about the company’s experience. If something does not seem right, do not be scared to call a different company for help. In many cases friends, family, or co-workers have experienced rat problems, ask who they used and what they thought about the company. Time allowing, ask for references from the company and verify its rating with the Better Business Bureau. 

Rat Removal Costs

The cost to remove rats varies on many factors, including how bad the infestation is and how much repair work is needed. On average, eliminating rats is $55 to $175 for simple removal. For more complex removal, costs can be as high as $900. Contact a local exterminator for a consultation to learn more about the work needed and to request an estimate. When getting an estimate, inquire if the costs include follow up services and any satisfaction guarantee. 

Keep in mind, rat removal costs vary by company and are affected by several factors. Removing rats is highly specialized work and requires licensing, insurance, and carries liability risks. Legitimate pest control companies have all the proper paperwork and are prepared for any risks associated with removing rats from a residence. Finding a legitimate company means there is a possibility of paying more in service fees. 

Keeping that in mind, remember the saying, “You get what you pay for.” Companies that charge astronomically low prices tend to do bad work. However, this does not mean the amount paid for pest control needs to be high. Conduct some research and find a reputable company with reasonable prices. There is always a company that fits somewhere in the middle of bargain-basement prices and high-end prices. 

Extra Costs

Many exterminator companies offer more than just rat removal services. These companies also provide repair work on damages caused by rats, such as drywall and electrical repair. Many of these companies also offer help with exclusion methods. Additional services, such as repair, exclusion services, and follow up appointments are often considered extra costs significantly impacting the final bill.  

Infestation Clean Up

It is always best to hire help to professionally clean and repair rat-infested areas. Hiring help is best because cleaning up after rats is a multistep process requiring meticulous attention to detail. However, homeowners wanting to clean up as a DIY project will first want to ensure all rats are out of the house and seal off all entry points. Otherwise, any clean up will be contaminated again once new rats make their way into the home. 

The DIY clean up process includes: 

1. Open up all windows and doors to completely air out the infested area for at least 30 minutes.

2. Wear a biohazard suit, complete with a HEPA filter mask and gloves.

3. Clear all waste by vacuuming the area, as well as removing and replacing soiled insulation.

4. Thoroughly spray the space with a cleaning product that kills bacteria and any biological debris left behind.

5. Followed by spraying the area with a biodegradable odor eliminator and a strong spray that helps neutralize potentially harmful organic matter. 

6. Repeat the process to ensure the entire area is decontaminated. 

Cleaning chemicals are available in spray bottles; however, fogging machines offer better decontamination efficiency. 

Before decontamination, remove any items that have been in contact with feces or rat urine and toss them. Some things may be able to be saved, but it is best to rid the home of any contaminated items. Please do not enter the area or allow other family members or pets to enter a rat-infested location until after it is thoroughly decontaminated. 

Dead Rats

Dead rat carcasses can just as quickly spread disease through contaminating the surrounding area and improper handling. Additionally, dead rats attract scavenger animals in search of food, which can pose various more problems for homeowners. Before handling a dead rat:

1. Spray the rodent and surrounding area with a mixture of bleach and water.

2. Put on gloves (rubber, latex, or vinyl) before picking up the dead rat.

3. Seal tightly in a plastic bag and secure in a second plastic bag.

4. Throw the bag in a covered trash that is emptied regularly. 

5. Remove and dispose of the gloves with the plastic bag containing the dead rat. Or if wanting to keep the gloves, soak in bleach and water to ensure gloves are entirely decontaminated. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. 

Infestation Prevention

The best way to prevent rats from building a nest in a home is to take all necessary precautions to keep the rats out of the house in the first place. Rats are attracted to chaos and clutter. These nuisance creatures enter structures in search of food, water, and shelter. Prevent rats from searching for these items by making the property less attractive to the animals. Start by cleaning up trash and clutter in the yard. Secure all trash bins, sealing them with secure lids. 

In the yard, clean up gardens and seal off to limit access for the rats. Clean up trees and bushes, as well as pick up any fallen fruit from the ground immediately. If there is a bird feeder in the yard, keep it out of reach for the rats and pick up any fallen seed. 

Inside the home, secure food in metal or glass containers, sealing them with tight-fitting lids. Regularly clean the house, picking up trash, washing dishes, and clear clutter. Cleaning this up eliminates access to food sources and reduces the different places rats can hide and build their nests. Do not leave pet food out, and if feeding pets outside, bring in uneaten food—seal dog food in containers with tight-fitting lids. 

Unfortunately, if there are signs of rats – runs, droppings, teeth marks – it is too late. Chances are there is already an infestation in the home. Do not wait for the first signs of rats in the house. Act quickly and contact a local rat removal specialist immediately to determine the infestation level and proceed with the removal. 

In Conclusion

Dealing with rats is a messy situation, and no homeowner wants to worry about removing the rats while keeping everyone in the home safe and healthy. If there are any signs rats are present in the house, call for help with rat removal immediately. The professionals are prepared to handle calls immediately, ensuring the rat problem is dealt with swiftly, safely, and thoroughly. Professional help allows homeowners to return to enjoying their homes without the fear of rats or any associated damage or diseases. 

Contact Us Today!

Don’t let rats cause damage and disruption to your home. Contact All City Animal Trapping today for a free consultation and let our expert team take care of the rest.