Rat Control Solutions in Toronto
Rat control Toronto. Our technicians provide effective rat control solutions in Toronto. If you have seen rats or rat signs of rats in or around your house it is advised that you take action as soon as possible to avoid an infestation. Rat problems are common in Toronto and rat control involves limiting their access and limiting their population. Our exterminators perform rat control following the guidelines of the integrated pest management approach. We treat every situation differently and focus on delivering results. Rats are formidable pests that can damage and contaminate food, structures and can pose risks to your health. Due to the general problem with Toronto rats in the city it is best to understand a few things about rats, what attracts them, how to spot them and what to do if you have a rat problem.If you too have a rat problem call for rat control Toronto: 647-931-6581
What Attracts Rats
Rats are in a perpetual search of food and thus when they find a food source they are likely to set up a nest near that area. Commonly, rats are found near areas where there are bird feeders, wood piles, compost piles, rotting fruit, over grown lawns and bushes, pet food dishes, garbage, rubbish piles, and in general a source of food or shelter. Overgrown bushes, shrubs, tree branches can be used as harborage or for access to your house through your basement or attic. All they need to enter your home is a hole the size of a quarter.
Signs of Rats
There are many signs that can indicate that rats are living in or around your space. If you suspect you have rats or have observed one or two signs it is advised that you inspect your home and yard thoroughly. If you have observed any of the following signs it is highly possible that you are dealing with a rat population.
Common Rat Signs
- Rat droppings are capsule-shaped
- Crawling noises from the attic
- Chewed food
- Gnaw marks on walls, plastic or wooden surfaces
- Burrows among plants or damaged fruit and vegetables in the garden
- Signs of nests in garage, or utility box
- Rat tracks
- Dead rat carcasses
Rats can nest in a variety of places in an around a house. They are known to nest in walls , chimneys, vents, attics , under eaves, crawlspaces, and inside insulation. They nest in human environments because they can find heat, food, and a place to nest away from their natural predators.
A rat control strategy involves three main elements: sanitation, proofing and population control. There are several things you can do on your own to limit a rat population. When food, water and shelter are available rat populations can increase quickly. A good starting point is regular housekeeping to reduce food sources, and shelter availability.
Rat Control Tips
- Equip garbage and composting receptacles with tight-fitting lids
- Reduce clutter to prevent hiding spots
- Eliminate sources of food such as craps or pet food
- Secure composters to prevent rodents from entering.
- Keep areas around bird feeders clean
- Seal cracks and openings in building foundation
- Make sure doors, windows and screens fit tightly
- Use heavy gauge wire mesh to cover vents
Control A Rat Population
When food, shelter and water access has been limited population control can begin with snap or more humane cage traps. These methods are non toxic and prevent exposure of children and pets to potentially harmful baits. Trapping is the most effective and safest method of rat control. Traps can be set and left indefinitely in problem areas. Snap traps are most effective and preferred over cage or live traps as releasing rats outdoors isn’t recommended. Finding the right location to set rat traps is not easy. This is where the experience and expertise of a licensed pest control technician comes in handy. The use of toxic baits or rodenticides is only advised for outdoor use and when the number of rats around a building is high. Use of such treatments is only advised for licensed pest control technicians. Do not attempt to poison rats in your house as they can crawl and die in inaccessible areas causing contamination and discomfort. The stench of a dead rat is unbearable and can permeate through walls. Decomposing rats can be a source of other parasites such as fleas and mites. To remove the carcass one would have to open holes through walls and is costly. It is best advised hiring a professional exterminator to perform rat control and avoid additional damage, costs, and hardships.
According to the latest data, hundreds of Toronto businesses have been cited for infestations or inadequate pest control according to city data. Establishments and homes in the downtown Toronto area can more difficult to keep rat free. The reason being that aging structures have more access points for pests to use. Row houses are even harder to keep rat free as pests can travel through the walls from one house to the next.
Rats, like mice, are predominantly nocturnal which helps keep them undiscovered for so long in an infested home. They have poor eyesight, but they make up for this with their keen senses of hearing, smell, taste, and touch. They gnaw, climb, jump, and can swim. They are known to be a source of numerous diseases and viruses that can affect human, such as the Plague and Murine Typhus. Rats contaminate food and cause extensive damage to buildings and equipment in houses, granaries, restaurants and other areas they inhabit. Rats are able to gnaw through wood, electrical wires, and even unfinished concrete.
Again if you have a rat problem the best thing you can do is to eliminate food sources, maintain a clean environment and seal all entry points rats could use to enter your home. Most importantly call a pest control expert who will come and assess the situation, provide advice and then take the necessary steps to control the population. If you have a pest problem like rats call a local rat control Toronto expert. If you live in Toronto then call a Toronto rat control expert: 647-931-6581
Rats are medium sized rodents, larger than the average mouse, are opportunistic survivors and live near human dwellings. Rat populations are generally greater in densely inhabited areas. The most common types of rats found in Toronto are the Brown Rat, and the Black Rat.
- Brown Rat
- Black Rat
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Black Rat (Rattus Rattus)
The black rat or roof rat is a common long tailed rat, which differs from the brown rat. They have scraggly black fur they are darker in color are slimmer and longer. They are 32.4–46.4 cm long with 20 cm tail.
Females can have four to seven litters per year and each litter consists of four to eight young. Adults live as long as one year. Just like the brown rat, the black rat can carry many pathogens and parasites that can be harmful to humans. Black rats are nocturnal and omnivorous, and can survive eating a variety of foods.
Treatments for black rats are similar to treatments for other large rodents. While wired cage traps can be used, poison control methods are more common. Use of rodenticides should be performed by a licensed professional. You can find out more about exterminating rats, you can visit our rat control services page.
Brown Rat (Rattus Norvegicus)
Also known as the Norway Rat, common rat, street rat or sewer rat, the brown rat is a heavy rat with small eyes and ears and a blunt nose. They are short tailed, 6 to 8 inches long with shaggy fur.
They are usually nocturnal, nest underground and enter buildings in search of food. Average body size ranges between 350g and 500g. They have acute sense of hearing and smell. Brown rats are natural omnivores and can quickly adapt in changing dietary conditions. Rats can breed throughout the year and females can produce several litters per year. They are known to carry a number of pathogens that can be harmful to humans. Rat fleas are common among rats and they can also carry additional dangerous pathogens.
Even the smallest sign of a rat should be taken seriously. The first step to dealing with rat control is to eliminate potential sources of food and points of entry. Baiting with rodenticides is an effective form of treatment. Avoid over the counter options and consult a pest control professional. For more information on dealing with rats you can visit our rat control page.
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