Professional Rat Removal and Control
Similar to bats, mice can enter a hole as small as ¼ inch to enter your home, burrowing into undisturbed small cavities. Mice and rats can ruin a home’s electrical wiring, sometimes leading to fires while posing extreme health risks to humans due to their disease-causing droppings. First Choice Wildlife Services will clean and disinfect nesting areas while completely inspecting and potential entry points.
Preventing Rat Infestations
Keeping rats out of your house takes some persistence. And we recommend a three-step method for preventing a rat problem on your property.
- Food: Rats are often attracted to food that has been left out overnight. Keep your food sealed and in the pantry whenever possible – although rats can still get into your pantry and chew through food containers.
- Access: While it is impossible to catch every possible access point, you can focus on vents, pipes, foundations, doors, and windows. Minimizing access points can go a long way toward preventing a rat problem.
- Trash: Rats are not picky eaters, so keep your trash sealed in a container as well as your food. Properly secured trash will make your home less attractive to potential invaders.
In Colorado and specifically the Fort Collins area, we have Norway rats (also known as brown rats) that often become a nuisance to homeowners and local businesses. Much like mice, rats will seek to escape the cold weather inside a warm home. Winters here in Fort Collins can be rough, but that doesn’t mean we want unwelcome visitors in our homes – especially when they can cause extensive property damage and spread diseases.
The rats that live in Colorado can grow quite large – weighing almost a pond and typically growing up to 10 inches long. Rats can be found all over the world because they thrive anywhere where humans live, eat, and work. Human activity provides food, water, and shelter to the rat population – and Fort Collins is no exception to that rule.
Other ways to prevent a rat problem include setting traps or investing in a cat that will drive away rodents in your area. But none of these steps will guarantee your house stays rat free; if you are experiencing a problem you should consider contacting a professional pest control company to address the problem.
After we have sealed your house and trapped any remaining rats, we will address any needed cleanup – including dealing with potentially harmful feces and other biological waste. Potential negative health impacts of rats include viral infections and other serious conditions – making the decontamination process just as important as the pest removal.
Rats can damage your home, cause diseases, and quickly compound the problem through reproduction. If you suspect your home might be playing host to a rat colony, it is important to contact a professional wildlife or pest control company. At First Choice Wildlife Services, we are experts at dealing with all the implications of a rat infestation.
We service locations all across the Front Range, including Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Boulder, and Denver. You contact us anytime at 970-460-4044.
Rats in Fort Collins
Dealing with a rat infestation can cause serious problems to home and business owners. Rats are especially attracted to attics and wall cavities, but they can be found living anywhere that provides them food and shelter. Once rats have invaded a property, they will raid food supplies, get into the trash, chew on electrical wires, and cause serious health issues among humans and pets.
Rats can be so difficult to deal with because of their extremely high rate of reproduction. Rats breed year-round and can have up to five litters every year, and each litter will consist of, on average, 7 offspring (although they are capable of having up to 14 in a single litter). This means that two rats could produce a population of up to 2,000 in just one year. Rats are a social animal and will live in large colonies that can quickly overwhelm their environment.
Rat Removal in Fort Collins
If your prevention steps weren’t enough to stop a rat colony from taking up residence in your home, a professional wildlife or pest control service can help you deal with the infestation. When dealing with a rat problem in Fort Collins, we start by conducting a thorough inspection to determine the various access points in your home. Once your house has been sealed, we set traps to capture any remaining rats.
We never use poison to deal with rats for several reasons:
- Poisoned rats often die slowly, making many poisons an inhumane option
- Dead rat will get stuck in your walls and cause unpleasant odors
- Poison can be dangerous to household pets and children
- Rat colonies will quickly replace deceased members through reproduction.
- Poisoning rats if often just addressing the symptom rather than the underlying problem