During the cool months of the year, rats will often find their way inside homes, garages, and outbuildings so they can stay warm and nest for the winter. Unfortunately, these pests not only cause destruction, but they also harbor diseases that can be spread to humans. It is imperative homeowners are able to recognize the signs their home has a rat problem, so they will know when to call in the professionals at Atlas Exterminator Co Inc for extermination services.
When populations are low, the rats will typically hide out enough so that a homeowner will likely never see them. They may hear scratching noises in the walls or even squealing. Most people discover they have rats in their home when they begin doing some deep cleaning and find droppings in drawers, cabinets, and under appliances. Droppings should never be handled without protective gloves because this can expose a homeowner to dangerous bacteria.
Homeowners need to call in the professionals to remove the rats from a home. If a homeowner physically sees the rats, this means there may be an infestation and they are running out of places to hide. There are a few different methods the exterminators will use to remove the rats, including bait stations, live traps, and kill traps.
Bait stations are often most effective because the pesticide can be taken to feed the offspring, so the entire population is removed. If any rats are left behind, they will quickly begin to have babies and cause another infestation.
As a part of the extermination services, the exterminator will work to discover where the rats are gaining access to the home so these can be sealed off. This is vital for ensuring a rat problem does not occur again in the future.
After the rats have been removed, a thorough cleaning must be carried out, including antibacterial measures. This is vital for preventing exposure to the urine and droppings which can cause humans and pets to become seriously ill.