Check out a woodrat using a one-way device.
Services we offer:
- Removal of rodents from inside buildings
- Exclusion and rodent-proofing
- REBS Rodent Exclusion Barrier Systems (outdoor)
- Car Corral - design and installation
- 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 structure.
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.
Our step-by-step process
We take a holistic approach to resolving rodent intrusions. We look at the whole picture. We first need to do a little detective work to find out why they have intruded.
- Motive. A food resource attracting and supporting the rodents.
- Means. The conditions that provide access to the food.
- Opportunity. The shelter which supports their presence.
The first step, is the inspection. We conduct a thorough ground-level perimeter inspection to document entry points, as well as any conducive conditions.
Next, we create a report which includes recommended repairs and an estimate for us to complete the work. Most reports include images so our customers can see exactly what we discovered.
Next, we begin the process known as exclusion, which involves making repairs or adding barriers to prevent rodents from intruding.
But what about the rodents that are already inside the structure?
In most cases, we will set live-catch traps where the rodents are most active, like the attic or crawlspace. Sometimes, though, it's necessary to use a one-way device - like a mini-doggy door, which allows the rats and mice to escape safely but not get back inside.
Conduct ground-level perimeter inspection. Document points of entry, conducive conditions.
Close entry points. Set traps and or install one-way devices as needed.
Using live-catch traps or one-way devices, rodents are humanely removed from the structure.
Live-catch and release
Rats and mice that are captured in the cage-traps are released on the property, close to the building.
This may sound counterproductive but really it is the ONLY way to confirm the rodent-proofing was sufficient.
Rats and mice are smart - they know just how to get back in, and that's what we want - we want our repairs to be rat-tested. If the rodent-proofing was sufficient, after a few days of successful trapping there will be no more catches.
Should rodent activity continue or if the same rodent is captured twice, a re-inspection will be necessary.
If the re-inspection in inconclusive, we may need to utilize small surveillance cameras or fluorescent powder and UV light to detect breaches.
Again, it is a process. But, once a structure has been successfully rodent-proofed, it should remain that way for years if not decades.
Give us a call now to schedule an inspection.
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Why poison is counterproductive
Poison to manage rodent populations is a sham! Here's why.
If you have a closed environment - like a building that is sufficiently rodent-proofed, then there is absolutely no reason to use poison or any other lethal control on the exterior.
If a building is not rodent-proofed, no amount of poison or other lethal control measures will protect the structure. In fact, it can do just the opposite.
- The poisoned food inside a bait station is an attractant, drawing rodents and other animals to the property.
- Rats are known to grab chunks of poison and carry it out into the environment, exposing children, pets and other animals to these toxic substances.
- When a poisoned rodent dies within a structure, its ectoparasites - fleas, mites, will move off the carcass in search of another warmblooded host, risking vector-borne zoonotic disease transmission.
- Poisoned rodents don’t die right away - it usually takes a few days, during which they become weak and easy prey for bobcats, fox, owls, hawks, even dogs and cats.
- Rodents found dead or dying in residential yards and public parks can contain high levels of poison. Examples: a roof rat with 36,000 ppb of brodificoum in its system; a dusky-footed woodrat with 6,000 ppb difethiolone; a deer mouse with 2500 ppb bromadiolone. Poisoned prey that could have been eaten by a cat, dog, owl or hawk.
Anticoagulant Rodenticides are the new DDT
Like DDT, anticoagulant rodenticides bioaccumulate - they can remain in an animal’s system for a year or more. One poisoned rat might not be enough to kill a bobcat, for example, but repeated exposure will cause its demise.
Like DDT, these chemicals work through the food web, into ecosystems, from snails and slugs to apex predators. Residuals have also been found in waterways.
The truth is, except for the rare situation, anticoagulants are obsolete. There are safer, more effective and lasting alternatives.
You won’t hear this from the conventional pest control industry, however, because peddling these poisons is BIG business. You WILL hear fear-mongering and proselytizing about how poisons are essential to public safety, BECAUSE, they have to keep people hooked on poison. It’s too lucrative!
Placing poisoned food in containers is not labor intensive - making it REALLY profitable. AND, it does nothing to address the actual CAUSE of an infestation, so repeat business is guaranteed.
A message to pest control companies that offer poison as an option:
Start actually solving rodent infestations not just applying a bandaid!
SAY NO TO RODENTICIDES!!!