Duval County, Jacksonville Rat Control Situation:
Dear sir, I current have something in my attic that I think is a rat or mouse. My pest control company has placed bait for rodents in the attic to no avail. They have also complete an outside "plug the holes treatment. There is a section off my attic that is hard to access due to vaulted ceilings. The noise is in the area that no one can get to. It is mainly in the early morning, no so much at night. Can you recommend someone in the northeast Florida coast area, I am about 17 miles north of Saint Augustine, south of Jacksonville FL. Thank you, Jocelyn
If by "bait", you mean poison, that's not a good idea. You need to find the entry holes and seal them. I do know someone in your area.
Thank you for posting helpful info about rat removal. I was going to have my husband get rat poison. Glad to know that's the wrong way. What is the best bait to use in the wood rat traps? Will peanut butter work? I have no idea what rats will eat.
Peanut butter and seeds should work just fine, but there's a heck of a lot more to rat control than the type of bait used!
Jacksonville Rat Control Tip of The Week
The Proper Way To Clean Rat Feces Out Of Your Attic
If you already know the dangers of having rat feces in your attic and coming in contact with it, you are most likely going to get scared and confused about how to clean it. When it comes to cleaning rat feces, you can't afford to do it the wrong way. Refusal to follow the due process might cost you more of what you are trying to prevent.
Since rat feces is a major carrier of bacteria and other disease-causing organisms, the first thing you need to do when planning to clean out the feces from your attic is to protect yourself appropriately. To do this, you need to start by ventilating your attic for as long as possible before entering. By doing this, you are simply expelling the contaminated air and allowing fresh air to go in. This protects you from breathing air that is contaminated with rat feces while in the attic. Also, you need to have equipment such as a facial mask, gloves, plastic bags, and a strong disinfectant in place before going ahead to clean your attic.
Just like every other part of your home, cleaning your attic is not that difficult. Provided you have all the supplies listed above, you will find it quite easy to do. To start, wear your facial mask and gloves properly and carefully pack the feces into the plastic bag. After that, dispose of the plastic bag safely.
When you are done with that, you need to soak the floor of your attic with a disinfectant and then scrub the floor until all the remaining feces are removed. Leave the disinfectant on the floor for 10 minutes to allow it to kill all the pathogens and bacteria deposited by the rat. After doing all this, your attic will be completely pathogen and bacteria-free.
If you find any of these is difficult to do, you can hire a professional to help you out with the cleaning.