Rat Control in Fairfax, Alexandria & Arlington, VA

Rat Removal in Fairfax, Alexandria & Arlington, VA

While rats are much larger than the common household mouse, a young rat is often mistaken for a mouse. The way to differentiate, a young rat has a large head and feet in proportion to their bodies. While both rats and mice gnaw on wood, rats leave much larger tooth marks than mice do. Once rats have invaded your garden or landscaping it is only a matter of time before you find evidence of them indoors.

All rodents have poor eyesight and excellent hearing, touching, and smelling senses. Rats and mice can cause structural damage to any building through gnawing on wiring and damage items for their nest-building.

How to Get Rid of Rats

Rats in a home can quickly turn into an infestation and the most obvious signs of a rat problem are droppings. In most instances, rats are very wary. Hundreds may be nesting in a city block in underground burrows, in sewers, on roofs, inside buildings with few people realizing it.

Experience has shown it is less time consuming to control rodents before they multiply and there are too many, and fewer traps and less bait will be required if controlled early enough. Rat traps, repellents, and hiring a pest control service, like Summit Wildlife Removal, seem to work the best.

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Preventative Measures for Rat Control

Sanitation is critical for preventing future issues, so you must carefully remove all feces. When cleaning up rat droppings, make sure you take safety precautions, wearing gloves and masks when handling the droppings, disinfecting the area afterward, and throwing away food that might have been contaminated is a must.

  • Seal any possible entry points
  • Remove any food and water sources
  • Clear out clutter and debris
  • Install a rat wall
  • Get a cat

Common Diseases Spread by Rats

Rat feces is a breeding site for fungal illnesses and parasites. These are the most common disease spread by rats:

  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonella
  • Rat-Bite Fever
  • Hantavirus
  • Typhus
  • Plague

Contact Summit Wildlife Removal for Pest Control and Rat Control Services in Fairfax, Alexandria & Arlington, VA.

At Summit Wildlife Removal, we understand the importance of keeping rats and other critters out of your home. If you need help with rat control, rat removal services or other pest control situations, don't hesitate to contact us at 703-884-2124. We offer a free, no-obligation estimate for your animal and pest control needs in Fairfax, Alexandria, and Arlington, Virginia areas.

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