Muscogee County, Columbus Rat Control Situation:
Hello David. We live in Georgia in a double-wide mobile home, & are having a problem with rats underneath in our insulation. A few years ago, my daughter lived in our mobile, & when we moved back in, we discovered that, because of her habits of leaving food & garbage around, our house was terribly infested with roaches, & that we also had rats in the house. After trying lots of roach traps & sprays, we still had roaches, & finally got rid of them with boric acid. Now we turned our attention to the rats. My husband came home with poison & snap traps, but because of fear for my pets, & also not wanting to kill them because I keep pet rats, I bought a humane trap. Well, we caught a couple of babies, but because I tried to transfer them to another container so I could catch more before trying to release them, they escaped, & then they became too leary of the trap, so we caught no more. Then I bought an electronic zapper, which does kill them quickly, but only one at a time, but it seemed to have gotten them out of the house, that & cleaning up food messes. Now we are having a problem again. I have them in a small travel trailer, & also in the insulation under our mobile home. They must also be in the walls because I found droppings coming out of the crack between my tub & shower wall. Since there are many openings in the skirting, it is easy for them to come & go, & even if we were to fix the skirting, I'm sure they would find a way in. It is very difficult to go under the mobile because it is not very high, & you have to snake crawl most of it, & a lot of the insulation is torn down. Another problem is money. In these difficult times, money is very scarce, so we don't have hundreds of dollars to pay a pro. Treating this problem in a mobile home is a lot different then treating an attic. Do you have any suggestions as to how we can handle this problem?
Columbus Rat Control Tip of The Week
Why Does Homeowners Insurance Not Usually Pay For Damage Caused By Rats?
Unlike harm caused by other pests (for example termites), home damage caused by rats and mice are commonly not covered under the arrangements of a standard homeowner's insurance policy. This is because it is a preventable misfortune that could have been avoided, using appropriate pest maintenance.
That being the situation, it's ideal to stop the issue from really developing once you recognize any indications of rodent infestations:
Harm to your home or different structures from insects, rodents (for instance, rats, mice, squirrels, and chipmunks) or flying creatures, is normally not covered by a standard homeowner's policy (albeit a window broken by a fledgling might be an exception). Animal invasions and harm from animal waste or secretions are generally excluded from a homeowner's policy. Should an opossum (or some other animal) enter your home, homeowner's insurance policies won't pay for expulsion, cleanup, or fixes to any harm it causes or leaves behind.
- A single rat sighting (generally implies there are more)
- Rat droppings
- Hearing scurrying through the dividers
- Chewed through food boxes
- Chewed up wires
- Rodent homes
- Dirty or oily rat tracks on the floor or dividers
Remember that the homeowner's insurance policy does not provide coverage for harm done to your property, brought about by pets or other domestic animals, such as a pig, cow, or chicken. If your dog bites his way through a door, your insurance agency, no doubt, won't cover the cost of replacement.
Not only is a rodent infestation an indisputable hazard to your health - the spread of disease, aggravation of allergy symptoms, etc. - but mice or rats can chew up your electrical wiring and cause house fires. While a home fire may, by chance, be one thing you are covered for as regards to a rodent invasion, you will need to get to the root of the issue before such a dangerous event occurs!