Rat and Rodent Removal Services in Dallas, Texas
Rat and Rodent removal is one of the most common issues that we deal with. Roof rats are a common infestation in all types of properties and buildings. Rats eat seeds, grains, fruit, and garbage so it is very likely to find rats in occupied buildings. Rats invade homes usually in the winter and spring in search of warm shelter and nests for their young. Rats are accomplished climbers, prefer to live in high places, and can vertically climb most rough surfaced walls. They are nocturnal and are often heard scratching, chirping, and chewing on attic components. Around 3 AM is when they are most active. Rats are most commonly found in attics where they can have devastating effects. Rodents and rats in attics have become an increasingly common find in Dallas, Plano, Allen, Frisco, and McKinney due to the rapid land development and property growth.
Rats not only have a health hazard to anyone occupying the infested building, but can damage the attic, roof, and other areas of the property. Rats can cause severe damage to wiring, A/C components, fascia boards, shingles, and causes water damage due to their entry points. Roof rats urinate and defecate throughout the entire attic space, causing damage to insulation, staining drywall, and exposing the building occupants. Not only does this damage the property, but it leaves a pheromone trail leading into the attic through the entry points as the rodents come and go. This is why simply poisoning the current rat population in the attic space is never a permanent solution. The pheromone scent will attract new rats that will be led to an established entry point into the property. This is why using Dallas Rat professionals is a must!
Why Our Rat and Rodent Removal Service Is A Permanent Solution To The Problem:
- We simultaneously remove the rodents while covering up all entry points with ultra-durable metal products.
- We use an eco-friendly anti-microbial formula to erase all pheromone trails and kill disease.
- We identify all problem areas for every property to prevent rodent access.
We Are So Confident We Provide a LIFETIME Guarantee!
Our process not only permanently removes the rodents out of the attic, but it removes the pheromones, scent trails, and diseases. The full exclusion process not only seals all of the current entry points but will seal up any area that could potentially be an entry point in the future. Rats can fit through very small holes and new rats will find a way back into the attic unless a comprehensive exclusion process is performed. We are proud to offer all-natural rat and rodent control without using pesticides or poisons that can be dangerous to the building occupants.
Think You Have Rats or Mice?
Rats are nocturnal creatures so many people hear them at night time walking in their attic, between walls, or start to notice rat droppings. If you have any type of rodent activity in your attic or home it is imperative to have a professional take a look. There are many indicators of rodent activity we look for during our inspections.
Do Not Hesitate to Call Brinker if you recognize any of these signs:
- Chewed Wirings
- Scratching noises in the ceiling
- Droppings in cabinets or around the pantry
- Urine patches
Rat droppings are usually the first sign of rat infestation or a rodent issue. These droppings are typically seen in the kitchen area, in drawers, in cabinets, or in garages. Rat droppings are smooth with pointed ends about ¼” long. The droppings typically fade to a grayish color over time. The droppings are scattered throughout the attic space but normally close to feeding areas, shelters, and rodent runways. If you see rat droppings in your home it is imperative to closely look for other signs of rats or call a professional today.
Rat and rodent tracks can be seen in dusty or dirty areas such as a garage or a storage facility. Rat tracks are also seen in areas on the dirt or around feeding areas. Rat tracks are a good indication that there is a high population of rats and heavy traffic in that area.
Rat urine is an indication of the presence of rats and rodents in your home or attic. Urine is usually seen in trails and “grease stains” will also be present. The stains are caused by the oil and dirt on the rats that will rub off on the walls or on the edges of entry points. Rats and mice have the ability to squeeze through very tight holes the size of a quarter because of the flexible body structure and oily skin. Rats often leave urine dribbles as they walk and feces in a similar manner. The urine is noticed by a dusty smell, but often only noticeable in smaller enclosed areas.
Rats have a habit of nibbling, gnawing, and chewing constantly on anything they can find. They have the ability to chew through wood, sheetrock, plastic, and most materials except for metal. Chew marks are found in areas of feeding and can be seen on cardboard, pieces in the trash can, and food packaging. Rats are drawn to strong scents and enjoy dog and cat food. A kitchen trash can, pantry, and garage are a good place to check for these signs. Dropping and grease stains are also typically seen in these areas especially in kitchen cabinets and under the kitchen sink. Rats and all rodents are in need of a water source so a leaky kitchen sink or the pet's water bowl is a common water source for rats.
Rat’s teeth never stop growing and they feel the need to constantly chew to wear their teeth down. Wood is their favorite chew tow and it is common to find areas of the interior and exterior of homes where Rats and rodents have been chewing. Rats have been known to chew the wires to HVAC systems in the attic, speak wires, and wires to electronics in homes.
Rats and Rodents like to nest in safe places out of the weather that is warm. This can be a variety of areas in and around your home. They have been known to nest in garages behind boxes, in attic spaces, inside cabinets, and utility closets. Rats will sometimes climb into pillows or furniture to create a nest inside of the stuffing. The Rats are looking for warm spaces in the wintertime like hot water heater closets, behind stoves, and heaters. They prefer soft places to nest and can almost always be found in attic insulation in homes that are not properly sealed up. They will shred paper or twigs to create a nesting place when needed.
Brinker’s Three-Step Rat Removal Process
Step One - Rat and Rodent Trapping
To start the resolution of your wildlife issue, our Animal Removal specialist will begin the rat trapping process. These Rats will be trapped in your attic, walls, crawlspace, and subfloor depending on your property's construction, condition, and needs. Rat Trapping requires two service appointments per week for up to two weeks but is flexible depending on the type of infestation and situation. We safely trap wildlife using live cages and release them back into their natural habitat. All of the traps are set before the initial exclusion work is started so that the animals are not left without a food source. We use live animal removal techniques for the animal’s safety. Many clients and our competitors use rat traps for rodent issues without success. There is not the best solution because the wildlife still has access to their preferred food source outside of the home. We make sure that the property is completely sealed up after all of the traps are set so that the animals no longer have access to their traditional food source.
Step Two - Rat and Rodent Exclusion
The second step in our process is to seal up all of the entry points with a metal-based product. Metal-based products are the only material that rats and rodents are not able to chew through. This is done both on the roof and ground levels. All roof returns, A/C lines, attic vents, chimney caps, garage doors and weep holes will be permanently sealed up. This will not only prevent new Rats from entering your home but will eliminate the food source to any rats that are in your attic. The Rats and Rodents in the attic will then search for internal food sources. Unable to find anything to eat, the Rats will end up in one of the cages. It is imperative to understand how many entries points your home has related to the current rodent issue and the entry points that can be a future issue. Brinker not only seals up the areas related to your current problem but ALL potential entry points so that you will never have any type of animal invade your home in the future.
All of the exclusion work is performed by our technicians rather than sub-contractors like many of our competitors. The technician that did the initial inspection will perform all three steps of our rat removal process. The exclusion work done to the property will be painted to match the home maximize the home aesthetics.
Step Three - Attic Treatment and Restoration
After all of the Rats have been removed from the attic space, properly decontaminating is absolutely necessary. The rats and rodents found in homes today have a variety of diseases and are naturally dirty animals. They leave trails of urine and feces throughout the attic space and a strong scent of pheromones. The pheromones lingering in the attic invites more Rats back into your home because the animals will believe it is still a nesting site.
Our anti-microbial fogging treatment will completely sanitize the attic space and removed pheromones. This is done after we have verified that there is no longer any wildlife living inside the home. The treatment will kill any hazardous spores contained in urine and feces. The treatment will also kill any fleas, mites, or roaches that are often brought along with the wildlife. Applying the attic treatment will ensure that your entire attic space is properly decontaminated.
In severe cases of Rat infestation, it is necessary to do a complete attic restoration. This includes completely removing all of the existing insulation and blowing in new insulation. This will completely remove all rat urine, feces, and old nesting sites. Once all of the old insulation is removed, we will inspect all of your electric wiring, ductwork, and condition of the attic space. We will then blow in new fiberglass insulation into your attic using high-quality R-38 value. This ensures that your property is completely decontaminated and now more energy efficient.
Noises In Your Attic?
Most of our customers first notice a wildlife issue when they hear noises in their attic. Rats and mice are typically heard walking across sheetrock ceilings and almost sound like a scratching noise. It is imperative to have a wildlife expert diagnose your issue immediately if you hear animals in your attic. This is often a sign of Rat infestation. If you have looked into your attic space and do not see that wildlife, it doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem. Rats are nocturnal and will not be active during the day while other types of wildlife will have left your attic space during the day. If you hear noises in your attic, one of our animal removal experts can quickly diagnose your issue and provide you with immediate relief.
Rat and Mice Property Damage
Rats and Mice can not only make a mess in your home or attic, but they can cause property damage. Rats have a tendency to chew on wires, leave droppings, urine, and odors in an attic or crawlspace. Attic insulation, HVAC systems, and your personal belongings are all at risk when the is a rat infestation in your home. We want to stop your rat problem immediately and provide a permanent solution to protect your home.
Dead Rat Removal
Our wildlife specialist can respond to remove dead rats in your home in Dallas, Plano, McKinney, and surrounding areas. While there we can assess the condition of the property and explain a potential solution to your rodent issue. We have the ability to remove dead rats from inside crawl spaces, in walls, and out of your attic. If you think you have a dead rat in your home, do not hesitate to call us today for an inspection.
Wild rats and rodents roaming your home at night can present a variety of health concerns. Contamination of the food in your home and transmission of diseases are the major concerns. Rats have a tendency to chew small holes in food packaging and naturally leave trails of urine and feces while walking. Since rats are nocturnal, it is difficult to catch them in the act. Rats and rodents also carry numerous diseases that can infect humans and family pets.
Some of these diseases include:
- Eosinophilic meningitis
Rats are unsanitary by nature and also carry lice and fleas. We offer permanent solutions to remove the wildlife and we also sanitize the attic with a microbial treatment after we confirm there are no more rats.
About Roof Rats
Roof rats can be very destructive to your home or business. There are dozens of different species of rats in Texas, but in the Dallas area roof rats and Norway rats are the most common. These rats invade homes in search of a warm and dry place. After taking up residency in an attic, the issue can get out of hand in a hurry. A female rat can have 12 babies up to 8 times a year. These newborn rats can reproduce in less than two months. This means that in one year a pair of rat’s offspring can reach 10,000-15,000. This is why it is imperative to stop the issue immediately before it grows rapidly. Rats eat almost any food available to them but prefer foods with meaty smells like those found in pet food. Rats also need a water source so they are often drawn to a leaky faucet or food bowl.
Rodent and Rat Removal Facts:
- Rats are extremely flexible and smaller rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter.
- Rats carry over 35 known diseases in their fecal matter and urine.
- 30% of house fires are proven to be started by rodents in the attic.
- Even after rats have been removed, the pheromones left behind attracts new rats.
- Rats are capable of spreading disease through their bite, urine, feces, and fleas.
- Rats rapidly reproduce all year starting at 2 months old, with litters up to 8.
- Rats prefer to live in high places, are great climbers, and can climb up a brick wall.
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