Rats are responsible for the transmission of many diseases. Their feeding habits are destructive, and their nesting behaviors can compromise the structure of infested buildings.
However, rats are secretive and not seen by humans when populations are small. Therefore, an infestation may prove difficult to confirm.
The most obvious sign of a rat infestation is the presence of dead or living rats. Rats prefer to hide, given enough space, so if rats are observed in plain sight, it is likely that a full-blown infestation already exists. When space becomes limited due to increased population, rats are forced out into the open. Rat droppings may be present, indicating a healthy, feeding rat population. Rats also tend to leave dirt or grease marks along walls and floorboards.
Rats gnaw incessantly on materials such as plastic and wood. The presence of damaged materials and large holes in floorboards and walls are sure signs of infestation. Rat teeth marks are large and rough in appearance.
To get this pest problem under control, inspection is the first and foremost step.
In the event of an infestation, it is best to consult a pest control professional.
ABC Rat Control in Omaha & Lincoln, NE
Our team will start with a thorough interior and exterior inspection to correctly identify the rat species. Rat control treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods. Some of the more important non-chemical methods are: Exclusion and sealing of sites greater than ½ inch (about the size of a dime) using screens, flashing, door sweeps and other materials to keep rats from entering a structure. Interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that supports a rat population. Keeping vegetation thinned out or removed from the perimeter of buildings. Removing clutter and any debris that creates hiding places rats can use as harborage sites.
Using traps and other mechanical means to remove rats.