Rat Control Services in GTA
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Rats in your home can be a huge pest. Not only do rats leave droppings around when they travel, they also get into your food and can damage furniture and other parts of your home. These burrowing rodents have teeth that allow them to gnaw through nearly anything. Rats can also carry disease, mites and bacteria that can be harmful to your family and pets.
Rats are smart and resilient, they can nest both inside and outside of your home. Being great scavengers they are always on the look out for warmth, nesting material and food. It is important to eliminate these rodents before they start to breed, multiply and infest.
Trust the Experts at Pest Protection Plus!
We’re a professional pest control company and we offer professional rodent, rat and mouse control services in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Rats and mice find a way into your home and set up a nest in hard-to-reach areas like in walls, beneath cabinetry, or in your attic. Rats and mice will forage for food, chewing their way into boxes of cereal and other foods. Our trained experts use a combination of traps, bait stations, and glue boards to get rid of rodents, and they’ll seal up any accessible entry points so they don’t come back!
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If you suspect you have a rat infestation, let the experienced eye of a licensed technician from Pest Protection Plus Inc. help you identify, eliminate the issue and prevent future infestations. Rats are extremely smart rodents. We work with the most up to date technology and cutting edge products to deliver fast, efficient results with long term prevention. Here is what to expect from a mouse service from Pest Protection Plus Inc.
Step 1: Exterior Inspection
All services start off by having our technician complete a comprehensive exterior inspection of the area. Rats are extremely opportunistic creatures and almost always are in a specific area for a reason. The trained eye of the technician looks for natural food sources, harborage areas and other potential resources that are drawing rats into the area. We do our best to look for issues on neighboring properties as well, such as bird feeders and composters. Eliminating competing food sources is a critical step in eliminating a rat infestation. A comprehensive inspection of the exterior of the dwelling is then completed. The technicians will note any current entry points that rats can use, as well as potential future issues and helpful tips to keep the outside of your dwelling secure from rodents.
Step 2: Interior Inspection & Treatment
Inside of the home our technicians will conduct a thorough inspection to isolate nesting areas, food sources and routes of travel. All areas of the home will be inspected including the garage, attic, basement and kitchen. Norway Rats are burrowing type so it is extremely unlikely that they would nest in your attic. Any areas that activity is noted will be treated with commercial grade products in a manner that is safe for people, pets and children. Any placement of product in an area where there are people will be kept in a secured device under lock and key.
Step 3: Follow up Assessment & Additional Treatment
Because rats are able to breed so efficiently, often by the time you notice the signs, there are quite a few rats that need to be eliminated. We schedule follow up assessments according to the findings and infestation level noted on the initial service. This allows adequate time for treatment to take hold and eliminate the rats. On the follow up we inspect all of the devices used and check for new feeding and other signs. All devices are replenished for further elimination if needed, as well as long term prevention.
Step 4: Secure and Prevent
When the technician confirms that the infestation has been eliminated due to no activity on the devices and no reported activity, we move to the secure and prevent stage. At this point, the areas of concern around the ground level exterior of the home are secured. All devices that are installed during the service will be replenished and placed strategically inside and or outside of the dwelling in the high risk areas to act as prevention against future services!
Check out these fast facts rats.
Mice, rats and other rodents can be a pain if they’re in your house. They can carry disease and parasites and leave dropping just about anywhere they go. They can damage food, furniture, walls, and just about anything else they can get their sharp teeth on.
Check out these facts facts about mice, rats and other rodents.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the wild, mice are herbivores so live off fruits, seeds and grains. Indoors, mice will look for these types of food so cereals are an especially tasty treat for mice. However, mice will scrounge for anything they can get their paws on, so don’t be surprised to find chew holes in garbage bags and any other types of food they can reach.
Rats get a bad rap for being ugly, dirty and mean animals, but they’re actually quite clean and caring animals. They can spend several hours a day cleaning and grooming themselves, and rats will take care of injured or sick rats in their group.
A typical rat litter size can be as few as one pup or as many as 20, but the typical litter size is between 8 – 12 pups. The average pregnant female rat – called a dam – can have between four and six litters per years, so just like mice, a rat in your home can quickly become an infestation.
Rat droppings are a granular shape and black in colour. The size of a rat dropping is roughly .5”-1” in length (substantially larger than mouse droppings). Unlike mice, rat droppings are often in out of site areas like under a cabinet or in a wall. It is also common that when rat droppings are found. (attach pic of rat droppings?)
Rat droppings when they are fresh are a clay like consistency, and over time they dry up and get very hard. The texture and colour of the dropping is a great indicator of how recent there was rat activity. The older the droppings are, the harder and lighter in colour they become.
Rat droppings are much larger than mouse droppings. Rat droppings are around .5”-1” in length, and mice droppings are only 3-6 mm in length. Rats often (not always) will hide their droppings in hidden areas out of sight, whereas mice will leave their droppings out in the open and around food that they are feeding off of.
Rats are always seeking 3 main things: heat, nesting material and food. Most dwellings provide an abundance of these necessities that allow mice to thrive, especially in areas that have colder seasons. Rats love to nest and keep warm inside insulation in ceilings and walls, but can also shred up fabric and paper materials to build a nest almost anywhere. If there are food sources: grains, oils, dry stored goods, compost, leftover food etc, the rats will thrive. One of the main differences between rats and mice with their nesting selection is that rats need a consistent water source.
Rats can get into areas around 20mm. A good gauge is that anything the size of a quarter,l a rat can fit into. It is very common for rats to get into cracks and crevices around the exterior of a structure. Common spots include where utilities go into the home (gas, electric, water etc). Over time, the caulking sealing the hole can break away providing a great entry point for mice to enter and exit the home. Another very common spot is under doors that do not seal to the ground, or have damaged weather strips that allow the rats to enter from underneath. Rats are burrowing rodents and you can see golf ball shaped holes around the exterior of a dwelling throughout soft ground if there is an exterior infestation.
Rats are nocturnal, meaning that they are active during the night (dusk until dawn). Rats will do their travel, gathering and feeding during these hours. If you hear scratching in your ceiling or walls between these times, it is most likely rats of mice traveling throughout the insulation. Although they are nocturnal, if they feel threatened, or have an opportunity at a food source during the day, they will be active and can be seen/heard.
Look for the most obvious signs of an infestation. Look for rat droppings in your home, especially in the kitchen (under the sink and behind the stove), anywhere where there is dry food stored and around the perimeters of the home. Rats will also chew and the gnaw marks can be visible on dried food products, plastics, weather stripping, wires and different types of food. Rats will build nests that you can find. Nests that rats build consist of any material that can be shredded like paper, cotton, cardboard etc. Hearing rats in the walls and ceiling between dusk and dawn is another way to identify an infestation. If the rats have been nesting and living in an area for a long time, the smell of urine can be quite strong and be another identification indicator of an infestation,
Predators are the main factor that limit the average lifespan of rats. Outside in the wild most rats will not make it to a year, and often much less due to being so low on the food chain. With this being said, if mice are living in a protected environment with access to food; such as inside of your home, they can live for up to 2 years!
A single female rat can have up to 84 young in a year. If there are 2 rats in an environment with ideal food, water and nesting material, an infestation can explode up to 1250 within 1 year!
If rats get into any food, it is recommended to discard all of the food as it could be contaminated. If there are areas where you have seen rats travel and or there is urine and feces, bleach is a great way to disinfect the area. Always wear proper PPE when working around contaminated areas.
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Rats in your home can be a huge pest. Not only do rats leave droppings around when they travel, they also get into your food and can damage furniture and other parts of your home. These burrowing rodents have teeth that allow them to gnaw through nearly anything. Rats can also carry disease, mites and bacteria that can be harmful to your family and pets.learn more