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Here are 6 tips for dealing with a rat infestation

A rat infestation is not only gross, but is also a dangerous nuisance. Left unchecked, they can do major damage to your house by gnawing at home furnishing, internal structures, insulation, and wiring. Beyond that, they’re known to carry more than 70 diseases—some of which can be easily transmitted to humans.

Call a pest control expert when you need help with a rat infestation.Here in Phoenix, homeowners most often deal with roof rat infestations on their property. However, whether you have roof rats or other types of rodents, keep reading. We’ll review 6 rodent control tips for dealing with a rat infestation in your home or on your property—and when you need to call in the experts here at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services.

6 tips for dealing with a rat infestation

1. Don’t go out and adopt a cat as a solution to your rat infestation

Yes, cats are great hunters and the natural predator of rats, mice, and other rodents. The symbiotic relationship between cats and humans over the course of human history is in part built on the cat’s ability to keep our grain silos and homes free of mice.

However, cats that catch mice and rats—known as “mousers”—live far shorter lives than those that don’t. There’s a reason for that. Mice and rats are disease-carriers, so when your cat catches a rat, there’s a chance of infection. Or the passage of ticks. Or for the cat to ingest poison that the rat has consumed at some point. Plus, a cat will only be able to do so much, as rats in walls—where they nest and produce successive generations—are out of their reach.

If you adopt a cat, do so because you’re looking for a lovable companion. Leave the “mouser” duties to a professional pest control technician.

2. Instead, start by cleaning your house

Trash and clutter are the best friends of rats living in your home. They love clutter of all kinds, as it provides them the perfect hiding place and it’s warm bedding to bring back to nests. Start by de-cluttering your home. Make sure that the kitchen, attic, closets, and the basement are clean.

Also, you should empty trash cans in the kitchen and bathroom on a regular basis. That’s part of our next tip.

3. Eliminate their food sources

One of the preferred tactics of generals and commanders in a war is to cut off the enemy’s supply lines. You can also apply this tactic in your war against rats. Eliminating the food source will impact the desire of the rats to hang around in your house.

You should also avoid giving the rats a reason to stay around your house and dump all of your accumulated garbage immediately. Also, you should consider placing a lockable lid on the garbage can. This will prevent easy access for rats to their food source.

4. Don’t use cheap rat poison

The cheapest way to deal with a rat problem is to use rat poison. However, this is not an effective way to eliminate rats from inside the house. It rarely actually solves the problem, and can often make things worse. In fact, apart from the horrible smell, it can pose a health concern as rats can die in hard to reach areas. We don’t think we need to elaborate on how horrible that can be.

5. Seal your home

Home sealing is an effective way of blocking pests—including rodents—from getting into your home. Home sealing is especially helpful with rodents because, as resourceful as they can be at times, there are only so many spaces a rat can fit through to get into your home. Contrast that with another common Phoenix pest, the Arizona Bark Scorpion, which can squeeze into spaces the width of a credit card.

By having a pest technician seal under windows and doors, replace mesh at weep holes, and advise you on other steps, you can block easy access to your home for rats. Denied easy access, food, and shelter, rats will probably eventually move on.

6. Call in the experts

The most effective pest control strategy with a rat infestation is to call in the rodent control experts at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have experience in removing and eliminating rats in a safe, quick, and effective manner.

True pest control professionals, our team knows all of the effective techniques that can get rid of your rat infestation once and for all.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite for help with a rat infestation

If you are facing any kind of rodent problem in the Phoenix metro area, call our team at Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We have a team of qualified and experienced pest control experts who can quickly eliminate rats inside the house. You can count on our experts to do a professional job in clearing your house from all kinds of rodents and pests.

What You Should Know About Subterranean Termites

Subterranean TermitesTermites are found almost everywhere in the world. They are a menace to deal if they colonize inside the house. A colony of termites can cause major damage that can cost hundreds of dollars to the house owner. The termites eat anything made of wood including doors, frames, chairs, tables, and other items made of wood.

Most people have come across drywood termites that are the standard invasive species eating the woods inside the house. However, a totally different species of termites also exist, known as subterranean termites, that can destroy the house from top to bottom.

Subterranean termites: An introduction

Subterranean termites are particularly common in the southeastern parts of the United States, but can also be found in Arizona and the Southwest. These termites like to feed on moist wood located on the ground. They are especially fond of studs and other part of the house that have been exposed to moisture.

Unlike drywood termites, the subterranean termites tend to reside on the ground. They come out enjoy feasting on wood structure of the house before going back into the tunnels. A tell-tale sign of these invaders include mud tunnels that they build from their underground home to the moist wood that they like to eat. The tunnels protect them from predators and also from drying out.

How to protect your home against a subterranean termite infestation

Keep soil, stacked wood, and other debris away from the foundation of the home. This will reduce the chances of subterranean termites infecting your house.

You should look for mud tunnels that indicate the presence of the termite infestation. Look at the foundation of the home to find out whether mud shelter tubes are present.

The termite shelter tubes are hollow soil tunnels that extend from the sold to the house. It serves as a tunnel through which termites travel and carry the food supply. In case you find this unusual mud structure, you should let a professional exterminator examine your house.

An important point to keep in mind is that once the property has been treated of termite infestation, you should not think that the termites won’t attack the house again. Annual inspection of the property by a professional is important as it will ensure that the house becomes protected from the scourge of subterranean infestation.

Call Arizona’s Best Choice for help from a professional

If you suspect that your house has been infected with subterranean infestation, the first thing that you should do is to call a termite control company. The professional will inspect the property and take instant action to remove the termite infestation from the house.

Suspect that you have termites? Give us a call!

To get in touch with professional subterranean termite control experts in the area of Arizona, you can contact Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services. We use environmentally friendly products to clean the pests. All our treatments are safe and approved by the EPA.