Rat FAQs

When are rats a problem?

In nature rats are cute. In your home they are noisy, destructive and smelly. Rats, being rodents, are compelled to chew to keep their teeth worn down. So they chew on various materials in your house: plastic pipes, vents, wires, wood, and siding. Chewed plastic pipes can cause flooding.

Why did the rats pick my house?

All animals are opportunists. They are looking for a food, safety and shelter. In the case of rats, when there is food available from bird feeders, pets, or nut tress and gardens, a home is even more attractive. Predators rarely penetrate the attics and chimneys occupied by rats, giving them great feelings of safety. Finally, climate controlled buildings provide a warm, comfy place to raise baby rats.

Why do rats want to live in my attic?

Rats use attics as a handy substitute for the hard-to-come-by hollow tree. Attics are a great place to raise baby rats.

How do rats get in my building?

Rats access homes through existing gaps, such as unscreened vents, holes made by other animals or birds, and through holes they create themselves. They access the high parts of buildings from trees, vines or connecting wires.

How can I get the rats out?

Hire a professional for on-site removal, or try our over-the-phone rat removal coaching service.

Why do I need to get rid of rats?

The first reason most people give for getting rid of rats is noise. If that were the only problem with rats I might recommend you just live with it. But noise is the least of your problems. Damage from chewing can cause everything from expensive maintenance needs to floods and fires. Disease transmission from rats and the insects and parasites that live with them is also a big issue.

When do rats come into houses?

Rats actively search for nesting sites mid-December, January and in early summer. However, if they happen on a good site, they can move in any time of the year.

When is the best time to get rid of rats?

As soon as you know they are in your home. Don’t wait. We can remove rats, even with litters of young, any time of the year. Better yet, put preventative measure in place and keep them from getting in in the first place.

Where do rats live?

In their natural habitat, rats build nests in trees. However, rats are resourceful and have moved into the human world very successfully and are common in suburban and urban areas. Attics of homes are similar to big, hollow trees: dry and safe with the added bonus of warm. Rats can climb just about anything and chew their way in as soon as they find a vulnerable area.

Where do rats usually enter a building?

They enter through chimneys, unscreened vents, gaps in siding, shingles or other exterior materials, or through holes created by other animals or that they create themselves. They get to the high areas of the home by jumping from nearby trees or climbing and running along electrical, television or telephone wires and cables.

Where can I get help with my rat problem?

Call us. We are professional rat removers and have trained technicians who can help you get rid of the rats, keep them out, and clean up the mess.

How do I know if I have rats in my attic?

Usually homeowners are alerted to rats by noise. Quick scurrying, thumping and scratching sounds come from attics, walls, or chimneys. The second alert is visible damage to the home including chewed holes or urine stains seeping through ceilings. Strong, highly unpleasant smells are an additional indicator. If you see rats at bird feeders or pet bowls on your property, there is a significant chance they are also in your home and you just haven’t noticed yet.