How Do We Get Rid of Rats in Walls and Attics?

Pizza Rat was all the rage online a couple of years back. A video of his triumphant trip with his spoils down the subway steps in NYC made him famous. We all laughed–because it’s funny when it’s somewhere else! That same sight close to home is not funny at all. And spotting one, or hearing one in our attics or walls, is no laughing matter! But how do we get rid of rats in our walls and attics?

How Did We Get Rats in The First Place?
Rodents seeking both shelter from the elements and additional sources of food may make their way into your home. Rats need only an opening the size of a quarter to find their way inside. There are many common entry points for rodents, such as cracks in your foundation, gaps where the gutter line and roof meet, siding that has warped, garages, and the spots where utility lines enter the home. Additionally, rats have been known to use the sewer lines as a way to get in through a toilet or floor drain. On its way in, a rat leaves a scent trail that creates an easy way for others to follow suit. As with so many things, prevention is the best way to protect your biggest investment–your home.

 Preventative Measures To Take

Before a problem begins, a trained professional from Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will come survey your home and yard to assess potential entry points for rats, as well as for other pests and wildlife. Here are steps to take in conjunction with the professional inspection:

  • Have exclusion measure professionally installed (e.g. sealing visible foundation holes)
  • Replace garage door seals
  • Keep indoor food areas clean of crumbs, wrappers, and dirty dishes
  • Contain trash in metal receptacles (not chewable plastic!)
  • Cover utility entry points
  • Do not use foam insulation to seal home, as rodents can chew through this.

But I Already Have Rats! How Do We Get Rid of Rats in Walls and Attics?

If you find yourself with a rat infestation, there are many reasons to call Holper’s right away to take care of you. Our expert technicians start with a thorough inspection to develop a plan for treatment that addresses your specific infestation circumstances. Our techniques and the materials Holper’s uses always reflect the latest technologies and professional grade products. Your personalized treatment program will consist of combinations of the following:

  • baited rodent stations
  • monitored rodent stations
  • rodent traps
  • repairs to entry points

IMPORTANT: All rodent droppings are a biohazard and must only be cleaned up by professionals using the proper safety precautions and equipment!

We at Holper’s look forward to getting rid of rats in your walls and attics. Please call us at 314-732-1413 today.

 

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Rodent Control: Why You Should Use A Professional Exterminator

“When the cat’s away the mice will play” is an idiom we have all heard. This time of year you need to be careful, or the mice will be playing inside of your home. As the weather turns chillier, rodent control and rodent removal become unpleasant realities for many homeowners. You have come to the right place for expert advice from the professionals at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions! We are mice exterminators­­-we provide successful mice and rodent control, and mice and rodent removal.

Identifying Your Pests

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House Mouse

There are three primary types of rodents you will see this time of year in the St. Louis area. The first one is a house mouse. The house mouse has fur that is grayish brown, and a tail equal to the length of its body. From nose to tip of the tail, a house mouse is five to seven inches in length. People usually first know that they have rodents when they find droppings, so it is important to know what to look for. The house mouse droppings are roughly 3/8 inch long, black, and very hard.

 

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White-Footed Deer Mouse

The second rodent that is common right now is the white­footed deer mouse. This mouse has brown fur with a white belly, as well as white feet. An adult white­footed deer mouse has a body length of 3.5 inches to 3.9 inches, not including the tail. The tail will add another 2.5 inches to 3.8 inches to the overall length. The droppings are very similar to a house mouse, but since these mice are associated with Hantavirus, sweeping up their droppings on your own could be deadly.

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Norway Rat

 

The final rodent that is seen moving indoors at this time of the year is the Norway rat. This rat’s fur is brown or gray, with a coat that is very shaggy. A Norway rat’s ears and tail are covered in scales. The total body and tail length will average 8 inches to 10 inches, but the tail itself makes up less than half that length. Norway rat droppings are about 3/4 inch long, black, have a “hook” on one end, and usually are found in piles in a corner.

 

How Did I Get Mice in My Home?

Rodents seek the warmth and food sources inside your home when the weather outside starts to cool. Rodents are looking for small openings to gain access into your home. Mice need only to find an opening as small as a dime to gain access; for rats it is the size of a quarter. Common entry points are: gaps where the gutter line meets the roof; cracks in the foundation; warped siding; and garages. They also gain entry where utility lines enter the home. Rats will also make their way into your home through sewer lines, entering through floor drains or the toilet.

When a mouse first makes its way into your house, it leaves a trail of urine droplets (up to 3,000 droplets a day!) that creates a path for other mice to follow into your home. Rats follow scent trails (not just urine) left behind by themselves or other rats.

Preventative Measures To Take

If you want to avoid needing rodent control or rodent removal, there are steps you can take to deter their entry:

  • Professionally installed exclusion measures (e.g. sealing visible foundation holes)
  • Replace garage door seals
  • Keep indoor food areas clean of crumbs, wrappers, and dirty dishes
  • Contain trash in metal receptacles (plastic can be chewed)
  • Cover utility entry points
  • Do not use foam insulation to seal home, as rodents can chew through this.

Why You Need Professional Mice and Rat Control

Whether it is for preventative measures or whether you are in need of mice control or rat control, it is important to use the services of a reputable pest control company, such as Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. Before a problem begins, a trained professional from Holper’s can come survey your home and yard to give you an assessment of where potential entry points are for rodents, as well as all pests and creatures. If you find yourself with a rodent infestation and need our expertise as mice exterminators, there are many reasons to call Holper’s right away to take care of you. Our expert service begins with a thorough inspection to develop a treatment plan for your specific problem. Techniques and materials used always reflect the latest technologies and professional grade products. Your home will be treated with a personalized combination of baited rodent stations, monitored rodent stations, rodent traps, and repairs to entry points.

It is important to note that all rodent droppings are a biohazard and should only be cleaned up by a professional using proper safety equipment, especially in the case of white­footed deer mouse droppings, which are linked to the deadly Hantavirus.

We at Holper’s look forward to providing you with successful rodent control and rodent extermination. Please call 314-­732­-1413 to set up your appointment today.

 

 

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Rodent Control Services: Traps for Mice and Rats

Mice and rats are some of the oldest pests known to humankind. For millennia, they have infested structures that range from palaces, to barns, to private homes, with even the most modern structures not being safe. Most people don’t know that just two rodents can create a small colony within months. Two rodents can create a colony of over 300 in twelve months.  If you have a mouse problem or a rat problem, there are several ways to address it, one of which is to use rodent traps. In this entry, we look at some common types of rodent traps in terms of their effectiveness at eliminating mice and rats.

Snap Traps
Snap traps are generally recognized as the oldest type of rodent traps. They are the type of traps that the mouse character Jerry from the cartoon Tom and Jerry was always stealing cheese from. When a mouse or a rat tries to remove the bait from the trap, it is lights out: a pressurized metal bar quickly hits the rodent’s body, smashing and killing the creature.

Snap traps are inexpensive, and they do work, but they are best used for catching the occasional mouse, not eliminating an infestation that consists of multiple creatures. Furthermore, most snap traps are designed to kill the average mouse; they are often too small to effectively kill a rat. Rodenticides should never be used on the interior of a building. Rodents eat the poison, go off to die, possibly inside a wall and create a new set of problems for home owners.

Glue Traps
Glue traps are used to catch all kinds of residential pests, from spiders to mice. The traps are commonly laid near baseboards, as many pests prefer to move along baseboards instead of through the center of a room. Glue traps are considered somewhat humane because they don’t inevitably kill rodents. However, rodents must have any glue removed from their bodies before they reenter the wild; otherwise, they may have difficulty moving, and become easy prey.
Overall, glue traps are considered ineffective for trapping mice and rats, as they essentially have no containment system for the rodents, which allows the largest rodents to walk away and drag the glue trap with them. There is also the risk that household pets will encounter the traps.

Have a Rodent Problem?
If so, there are several ways to approach the situation, one of which is using the types of rodent traps listed above, among others. The key is to choose the best solution for addressing the type of pest that causes the problem, whether it consists solely of traps or includes other measures, too.  At Helper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we help homeowners and business owners address rodent problems quickly, efficiently, and in a way that helps to prevent future rodent problems.
For more information about our rodent control services, or to schedule a free inspection of your home or business, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com. Our rodent control services have created thousands of satisfied customers. Become one today!