If you’ve seen evidence of a rat or two inside, or around your house, you’re right to worry. These rodents breed quickly and can settle in the foundations or attic of your home in no time. And unfortunately, rat extermination is not easy when a colony is well established.
The damage caused by rats can look like the work of mice, so you may find it difficult to determine which type of rodent you’re dealing with. In general, rats nibble at anything in their way, much more than mice do. They also leave tracks forming two parallel and slightly notched lines with a space of about four millimeters between them.
If you’ve seen the tail end of a rat diving for cover in your kitchen, you’ve already figured out that these pests are quite a bit larger than mice. They are also much smarter. For homeowners, simply buying spring traps, adhesive traps or rat poison isn’t enough.
The most common type of rat found in Quebec homes is the Norway rat, also known as the gray rat. It can get into your pipe and sewer system and establish a colony of up to a hundred individuals. Females can have up to 12 litters of ten pups per year. With their sharp teeth and claws, they can build tunnels and burrows in sewers, crawl spaces, attics and around buildings.
Moreover, since the rat is a very clever and cautious animal, it tests any new food it finds. It will initially swallow only a small amount to determine whether the food will make it sick. This survival instinct makes the use of poisons a bit complicated. At Elite Pest Control, our rat extermination experts are familiar with rat behaviour and have access to products and techniques that are effective against them.
Although the main character of the animated movie Ratatouille was a gentle soul who loved tasty stews and become top chef at a fancy Parisian restaurant, the sewer rats that invite themselves into your home have nothing to do with cartoon cuddliness. The real thing has long been associated with plague epidemics for good reason; rats are carriers of disease and their presence puts humans’ health at risk.
The threat of illness is just another reason to call a rat exterminator. Be sure to choose one who implements safe and effective pest control strategies to get rid of rats and protect the health of your family or employees.
Rat infestations usually come via the sewers and pipes. That’s where our pest control technicians will begin their search during an inspection of your home or commercial building. As they search for clues, they may use surveillance cameras to determine the extent of the infestation and the location of the rat burrows.
If you are dealing with a small number of rats, the installation of traps and baits may be sufficient, but if it is a well-established colony, use of various types of poisons will be required.
Our extermination strategies always aim to prevent rats from dying indoors; after all, nobody wants to smell a dead rat inside their home. We may use a special type of poison that merely makes the animals feel ill so they leave the premises voluntarily.
After we’ve removed the rats, we track down and block off the places where they may have entered. We often work in collaboration with a plumber who performs smoke tests to check the condition of the piping. It’s very important to carry out this work without delay to avoid a re-infestation.
Our technicians also offer a home sealing service to block holes and seal off any tiny or large openings through which rats or other rodents can pass. We install wire mesh on rainwater drain pipes and ventilation vents, and we block any cracks and gaps with cement or other sealants.
If rats have been in your pantry, you’ll have to throw everything away. It is also important to disinfect all the places where these creatures have passed through, especially in living areas. All Elite Pest Control technicians have been specially trained to carry out the microbial decontamination of buildings. We use products that are safe for the environment and your health.