Services we offer:
- Removal of rodents from inside buildings
- Exclusion and rodent-proofing
- Cleanup and sanitizing
- Safe repellents and deterrents
Removing rodents from inside buildings
As with any other wildlife intrusion, the rodents are not the real problem but a symptom - their presence inside a building indicates breaches in the outermost "shell" of the building. These points of entry must be found and patched before animals can be removed.
Think of it this way - you're in a little boat and it's filling with water. You want to find and patch the holes before bailing the water, right? The same thing applies when removing rodents from a building - find and patch the holes, then remove the rodents.
Sometimes rodents enter an inaccessible spot where it's impossible to set a live-catch trap. In these situations, we install custom one-way devices to allow the rodents to leave but not get back in. See video of how it works, HERE.
Our step-by-step process
We take a holistic approach to removing rodents from structures. We look at the whole picture - what's attracting the animals - like a food or shelter resource and how they are accessing these resources. It's a process:
Step One: We conduct a thorough inspection of the ground-level exterior of a building looking for breaches - intrusion points that are 1/2" and greater. It may be necessary to also inspect the roof.
Step Two: Shore up all the breaches, making sure not to "entomb" any creatures. We use heavy-duty caulking, hardware cloth and wire mesh to seal holes. Do not use foam as rodents can easily chew through it.
Step Three: Once the building is sealed, the rodents can be removed. We offer full-service trapping and removal services using live-catch traps, or, for those who want to do it themselves, we rent traps on a weekly basis.
Please see our Trap Use Agreement, HERE.
Why release the rodents on your property?
There's no one better to test the rodent-proofing than the smart little guys that know just how to get back in - if they can! You want our work to be rat-tested.
Besides, relocating wildlife is prohibited - which is good, because it's cruel to dump an animal into unfamiliar territory. Research has shown that most relocated animals die trying to get back home.
Proof that the exclusion process has been successful, is when no more rodents are trapped, and no bait is missing over a few consecutive days.
In most cases, we can guarantee rodents won’t break through where we've patched. However, rodents might try to get through other spots. While we do our best to eliminate all rodent access points, and, in most cases we’re successful, we’re dealing with animals that can squeeze through a half-inch. Again, rodent-proofing is a process and it’s done in phases.
Using poison to control rats and mice
We believe the only wildlife-safe rodenticide on the market in the United States is RatX. EcoClear, the makers of RatX state it is 100% non-toxic to people, pets and wildlife yet deadly to rats and mice, with no risk of secondary kill.
RatX is made out of grain - no awful chemicals. It works by coating the rodent’s gut, causing the animal to feel full and to stop drinking and eating.
Death by starvation and dehydration might seem harsh, but if poison is the only option, then let it be RatX, because conventional rodenticides are killing off our predators - hawks, owls, fox, bobcats. Even mountain lions are being killed by rat poison!
Check out these links to learn more:
How other animals are poisoned by rodenticide
Studies suggest rodents that consume anticoagulant poison often die outside, in the open, where they are easy prey for predators.
Control rat and mouse populations naturally
Encouraging barn owls to your property is an excellent way to reduce rodent populations, naturally. Please visit our barn owl page for more information, HERE.
Protecting your vehicle from rats and mice
There are a few options to keep rodents out of vehicles. The most effective is a "car corral" - a lightweight barrier that stands about 24" and prevents rodents from gaining access. You basically pull your vehicle into the "corral" and close the gate behind it. Simple and 1000% effective. Electronic repellers, like this one HERE, can deter rodents. Lastly, rodents can be repelled using essential oils like rosemary, citronella, peppermint, and eucalyptus. We don't recommend spraying these oils directly, but rather applying them to newspaper or cotton rags.
Evicting and excluding tree squirrels
Where food resources are plentiful, tree squirrels may try to take up residency in a home or other type of structure where there's easy access inside a wall or attic.
To evict squirrel, we use the same methods that we use with raccoons - where there are no infants, we install a one-way eviction device. If there are dependent young, we install a repellent barrier to encourage the sow to relocate her young. Once evicted, we can repair any damage and close up the breaches permanently.