At A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. we help you with all rat control concerns, including the proper way to use rat poison, or rodenticides. Rat Control is important, because rats are responsible for the spread of many diseases with their feces and urine. When dealing with a pest that puts your health in harm’s way, it is best to have your problem taken care of by professionals.
Call for a free inspection* 714-502-9230 and we will give you our best advice on your specific rodent situation.
*Some restriction apply.
Some diseases are directly linked to rats such as rat bite fever, salmonellosis as known as salmonella poisoning, and leptospirosis. These diseases are dangerous, and potentially life-threatening. Once contracted, all must be addressed by health care professionals.
Rats in nature
- Rats can reproduce at 5 weeks of age and have 7-12 babies at a time every 21 days. That’s up to 200 new babies per year.
- Rats can laugh.
- Brown rats likely to burrow underground.
- Rats have excellent memories.
How Rats Get into Your Property
Rats are found everywhere. Rats live in all the same climates where humans do, tropical to seasonal.
Most species can infest the entire apartment building, hotels, houses, and boats. Other species may stay secluded in dark basements. But they all chew on just about everything including glass and wiring. Cardboard, paper, and insulation is turned into their bedding, and a severe rodent infestation can destroy a home in less than a year.
Adult rats can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter. With an inspection by A-1 Bonded Termite, a professional will regularly check around the foundation of your property including the garage to make sure to seal any holes.
What Makes Rat Poison Poisonous?
Most rat poisons are either coagulants (blood thickeners) or anti-coagulants (blood-thinners.) Both are lethal, some stronger that others, and some require multiple feedings to be effective.
DANGER: Manufacturers create rat poison so that it is delicious to rats. Which means it may also be delicious to pets and babies. The chemicals are just as effective on our bodies as they are the rats.
DANGER: Pets and other indigenous animals that eat rodents may be harmed because the poison in the dead or living rats. The poison is still harmful long after it had been consumed by the rat.
Rat poison is sometimes recommended in larger cases of a rat infestation. Glue traps can be ineffective on larger rat species, as they eat the bait and simply break free.
However, it is suggested that Poisons should only be used as a last resort where non-toxic and less-toxic methods have been tried and a significant rodent problem still endangers humans. We use the poison bait for exterior rat issues and must be selective in the environment that they are placed in to avoid dogs, children, ect.
Read more in this recent article by Mercury News about rat poison and how it harms local wildlife. In fact, “The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is looking into changing regulations on the poison’s use.”
Call A-1 if you purchased and applied any rat poison yourself and have any questions. Be sure to not apply indoor rat poison outside as it can severely harm the environment. Hawks, eagles, mountain lions, bobcats, owls, foxes, and coyotes all prey on rats, and rat poison can cause severe problems in them. Let A-1 help find the right solution to your problem, call us today.
When you have a rat infestation, it can be dangerous if proper safety gear is not worn when cleaning, and if not cleaned properly, the greater chances you have of getting sick. See more of our cleaning tips. (link – new blog page Cleaning tips)
Safer Than Rat Poison
Safe traps are the most humane way to get rid of rats, and some work great. But remember, mouse traps are for mice and far too small to do be effective on bigger rats. The main problem most people have after they catch the rat is knowing what to do with it. Call A-1 Bonded Termite for a rat removal so you don’t have to release the rat yourself.
A-1 is here to relieve the stress of getting rats out of your house – AND get the problem under control so they do not return.