RAT Removal Services & rodent Control in WEST LAKE HILLS, TEXAS
The roof rat is dark brown to black in color and measures 13 to 18 inches in length including the tail. They weigh 5-9 ounces, are slender, and their ears are large and nearly hairless. Their droppings are long and cylindrical. Nesting Requirements Roof rats nest outside in trees, woodpiles, debris, and in dense vegetation. Inside, roof rats prefer to nest in the upper levels of a building in the attic and ceiling.
Food Preferences Roof rats are omnivores but tend to have more vegetarian preferences. Typical food is fresh fruit, plant material, nuts and seeds, vegetables, and even tree bark.
Medical ImportanceRats can spread disease. Sometimes they transmit the disease directly by contaminating food with their urine or feces or by biting people. Indirectly, they transmit by infecting as when fleas bite a disease-infected rat, then a person or other animal.
Potential damage burrows can cause structural damage by undermining the foundations of buildings, roads, and walkways can cause damage by gnawing, damaging plastic and lead pipes, door frames, upholstery, and electric wires, and can cause damage through the destruction and contamination of stored foods
Common signs of roof rat activity
Visual sightings on power lines, trees, bushes, patios, roofs, etc. Hollowed citrus and other fruit-dropping noises in the attic and wall gnawing sounds and gnaw marks around roof eavesDamage to plastics and coverings on electrical wiresUnsettled pets Places roof rats have been found
They have been found in swimming pools, laundry rooms, attics, garages, and patios. Roof rats spend 90 percent of their life 4 feet or more off the ground.
Roof rat traveling patterns
Roof rats are strongly arboreal (tree inhabitants) and travel along power lines to trees, oleanders, vines, and roofs. They can climb up a brick, concrete blocks, and other rough surfaces. They can jump 2 feet up and 4 feet horizontally (double the horizontal distance if they are jumping from a height). Ground covers and compost bins also provide safe travel routes and nests. During twilight and nighttime hours, within a territory 200 to 300 feet from their daytime nesting locations.
How roof rats enter homes
They enter homes, sheds, garages, and other structures through any opening larger than a nickel, looking for places safe from predators and good for nesting. They may follow pipes down from the attic, gnaw through drywall, to access structures they may chew through wood, plastic, aluminum siding, sheet rock, and soft metals to gain access to interiors. Attics provide a safe refuge, a nesting place for their young, and routes into the home below. What roof rats eat and drink
They love to eat all types of citrus and other fruits, and nuts, including:
LemonsLimesGrapefruitsOranges (including ornamental oranges)TangelosTangerinesFigsPomegranatesPalm fruit, including Queen Palm fruit, especially in summer when citrus is not availableNectarinesPeachesAll nut fruits like walnuts, almonds, and pecansRats do not have a discerning taste for fruit like humansFruit can be green (unripe) or even rotten rats eat fruit more for their water content than for food sustenance
They’ll also eat:Birdseed (both in feeders and stored in bags)Dog and cat food (left outside after dark are favorites)Stored grains vegetables in your gardenInsectsLizardsTree barkSoapPaperAnimal and taxidermy hidesBeeswax and candle wax
Water sources include: Leaky faucetsLeaky sprinklers heals leaky irrigation boxesBird bathwater fountains ornamental pond irrigation lines air conditioner condensation drip linesSaucers under potted plantsPet water dishes and remember they will chew through metal and plastic pipes to reach the water! Westlake NeighborhoodsBeecave WoodsBull MountainCountrysideDavenport Rim CondosKnollwoodRidgewood VillageRivercrestRob RoyShepherd MountainStonehedge EstatesWestwoodWoodhavenWoods of Westlake
Centex Wildlife Control is an Austin-based business specializing in permanent Rat Removal. We "get rats out & we keep them out" Guaranteed. We remove unwanted Rats and perform professional "Exclusions". These exclusions are "guaranteed" to keep rats "out". For our customer's security, Centex Wildlife Control provides Warranties on our repair work upon exclusion completion. (In some extreme cases, warranties may not be provided)
"STAY AWAY" from the pest control companies that use “pesticides & repellant” treatments for rat problems. The biggest and most common mistake these Pest Control operators make is treating rat infestations or problems as they are bugs.
NOTICE: These pest control companies like to keep you paying monthly, quarterly, annually, or for a lifetime, never really solving the problem at hand. They keep you paying with never-ending, trapping campaigns, or poison programs. Rats are Animals Not Bugs. Repellant Tactics Do Not Work and who wants “Dead Rats” showing up everywhere (walls, attic, yard, etc.) That’s not very sanitary.
We regularly receive calls about "Dead Rats" in people's properties (attics, walls, etc.). Most often, these calls are received because customers made the mistake of going with an inexperienced pest control company that had used poisons. When poisons are used for rat control, the rats are obviously going to die somewhere. Centex Wildlife Control regularly has to remove dead rats from properties in some cases having to cut out walls, and or depreciate attic insulation in the process. Avoid inexperienced pest control companies, let them stick to the bugs and Centex Wildlife Control will take care of the animals.
Rat/Mice Removal & Solutions West Lake Hills, TX
Centex Wildlife Control removes mice and rats from properties through humane or lethal trapping. We can determine through a site evaluation how many mice and or rats are present on the property. We can provide a permanent solution to your rat or mouse problem by determining the points of entry and sealing them as well as sealing other vulnerable points. We use top-of-the-line materials and All of our work comes with a warranty.
The only way to properly and effectively get rid of a rat or mouse problem is to perform a full property exclusion. Many companies want to place clients on a treatment program that will just have them paying forever. This logic may work with bugs in which pest control companies use pesticides, but rats are animals and should be categorized under wildlife. Centex Wildlife Control avoids silly programs and treatments which are ineffective. We take the problem head-on and do the job right, which is always warranted (unless stated otherwise in the contract). That's right our work is warranted (unless stated otherwise), we remove existing rats/mice, perform a full property exclusion, and if, for some reason rats/mice return in the warranty time frame, we return at no additional cost to re-address the problems. Our objective is to provide a permanent solution and perform a proper exclusion the first time.
Centex Wildlife Control is professional in performing these full property exclusions for rats/mice, we utilize very expensive and super strong materials to keep rats/mice out permanently. Stay away from the do-it-yourself neighbor, contractor, or other pest companies that use EXPANDABLE FOAM. Expandable foam looks horrible, doesn't work, and is deprecated in this hot Texas sun. Rats can chew through almost anything and consider your property/business their home, so they WILL find other ways in or simply chew through such weak materials.
Rat Feces Are Dangerous And Must Be Removed West Lake Hills, TX
Attic insulation makes a very cozy home for rats and mice, we regularly come across attics filled with animal rodent droppings and urine. Rats & Mice that gain access to attic spaces use the insulation as nesting material, creating burrows leaving feces and urine behind as well as the insulation. It may start to smell and, urine spots may start to appear on your ceiling. For a 100% effective rat exclusion with warranty, all feces must be removed since the feces act as a lure for future rats/mice as well as other animals.
RAT & MICE FECES West Lake Hills, TX
Rat & Mice feces are very hazardous, refer to our Dangerous Animal Feces Page. Centex Wildlife Control can also remove all fecal matter and any saturated insulation. We recommend that all insulation be removed and replaced because Rats & Mice create tunnels that we cannot see. There tends to be an excessive fecal matter under the removed insulation, which is not visible until the top layers are removed. For more information on our fecal matter, and insulation removal procedures refer to our Attic Decontamination Page.
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The rat removal process consists of these steps: Full inspection of the exterior house or building, from ground level to roof Full inspection inside the attic space Inspection of all vents, plumbing pipes, A/C chases, etc Sealing shut all entry holes with professional-grade repairs Setting 10+ rat traps on the precise areas of rat activity Monitoring of traps and removal of dead rats until all are gone Cleanup of rat waste and repair of damage
Each job is very different, and only an on-site inspection can determine the correct price for your specific rodent problem.