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A Deep Dive Into Rat Control Methods For San Fernando Valley Properties

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We like things to operate in an orderly fashion because no one likes the feeling of being out of control. When life seems to fall apart, we experience stress, anxiety, and many sleepless nights. The same can occur when rats invade our house. Hearing rat noises in the walls, underneath the floor, or in the ceiling causes us to feel like we've lost control of our surroundings. 

The best way to regain control and alleviate stress is to secure rat control in the San Fernando Valley from The PEST Group. Our transparent pricing, guarantees, and responsive service will lighten the pressure because you will feel confident you made the right choice. You will be impressed by the knowledgeable and experienced pest management professional who arrives to end the rat infestation on your property. 

Signs Of Rats In Your Home

Although rats are active at night while you sleep, they are clumsy creatures of habit that create trails through your home. You can locate these trails by looking for these rat infestation indicators:

  • Holes
  • Droppings
  • Footprints
  • Rub marks
  • Gnaw marks
  • Food product damage

Keep reading to learn more about these signs.

Rats have ever-growing incisor teeth that they continually trim on nearby objects (i.e., wood, aluminum, glass, plastic, and concrete). You've probably found a runway in your home when you notice chew marks on furniture, food product packaging, corners, etc. Furthermore, rats often chew holes two to three inches in diameter in holes and walls to facilitate easy access to their nests and nutritional sources.

A single rat can produce up to 25,000 droppings annually. Norway rats, often in lower levels and basements, release olive-pit-sized, capsule-shaped fecal matter with blunt ends; roof rats, often in the upper levels and attics of homes, release droppings with pointed ends. 

Another sign of the presence of rats is four and five-toed footprints. If you think you've found a rat trail but see no prints, sprinkle talcum powder and wait for two days to see if any tracks appear. 

Our pest management professionals from The PEST Group know the indicators of a rat problem and what to do to end the problem. 

The Problems Rats On Your Property Can Create

Rats destroy things. Not only do rats damage furniture, food products, walls, and floors, but they can spread disease. Their oily fur attracts disease-causing pathogens when they forage in sewers, drains, trash, and compost piles. When they invade a house, they smear disease-ridden dirt and grime on walls and objects. Furthermore, they release bacteria, viruses, and parasitic worms, contaminating surfaces and objects with their feces, urine, and saliva.

Unprotect contact with live or dead rats, the use of utensils contaminated by urine, saliva, and feces, exposed food products (e.g., fruits in a fruit bowl), and other items can spread leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, salmonellosis, and other diseases to humans. Also, inhaling dried airborne fecal particles can trigger asthma and allergy attacks.

The PEST Group protects you from diseases rats carry by promptly and safely removing them from your San Fernando Valley home. 

The Hassles With Do-It-Yourself Rat Control

Although it is natural to purchase a few rat traps when you notice or hear rats in your home, these efforts are often fruitless for these reasons:

  • Lack of knowledge

  • Rapid reproduction rate

  • Inability to maintain baits

  • Failure to strategically place traps 

  • Rat removal and disposal safety issues

Our commitment to rat control services means our pest management professionals not only know rat behaviors and habits, but we also monitor the stations so you don't have to deal with additional stress. 

The Pros To Know For Total Rat Control In San Fernando Valley

Our pest management professionals will inspect your home to determine entry points, attractants, and rat hot spots on your property. Our certified technicians will identify the rat species infesting your home and develop a comprehensive rat control strategy. Contact The PEST Group today to learn more about our rat removal services and to schedule a free inspection.