Oklahoma County, Oklahoma City Rat Control Situation:
Good day. From where are you? I have A LOT of rats in my roof. Traps DON'T work. The rats/mice are moving around in my house as well. I need to get rid of them ASAP. Can you help? I just bought a new house. I called a guy listed on your website, and he came out right away, which I appreciated very much. He said I had attic rats and set 2 traps. He said there were mice up there too. A friend told me that rats don't cohabitate with mice. Is that true? Also, after reading your website, it says to block all entrances first before trapping, so was wondering why he would set traps first? Thank you!
My husband and I have been dealing with mice in the attic and walls of our bedroom of our new house for about a month now. We have blocked all entry points (to our knowledge). We are currently using glue traps. We tried snap traps, but they kept eating the peanut butter off them without setting them off. We have caught 5 mice with the glue traps. I haven't been waking up to scratching in the walls for about a week. So I'm optimistic we finally blocked everything off. But how do you know when they are completely gone? We have been catching them in the attic, but I can only hear them when they are gnawing in the walls. We haven't ventured far into the attic, since there's no floor. How would you suggest going in there and cleaning? Any information will help. I'm trying to nip this in the bud before it becomes an infestation. I had rats about 2 years ago, and I believe I got rid of them. But I think there are still feces and urine in the attic (about 1700 square feet). I would like to have it cleaned up but was just quoted a price that is out of my range. There is no insulation in the attic. How much should I expect to pay for this?
Oklahoma City Rat Control Tip of The Week
Are rats hibernating creatures?
Rats are nocturnal:
Rats sleep a lot even without cold conditions. The average rat will sleep between 12 to 15 hours a day and in colder conditions they will often seek warmth so that they can sleep safely for this amount of time. Because rats often walk around at night, detecting them can be somewhat difficult. Making sure that you can detect them often means checking into areas where they could nest or remaining somewhat attuned to what is going on in the night time when they are most active.
Rats breed throughout the year:
Even in the wintertime rats are continuing to breed, make their nests, and live without any issues. They don't hibernate during winter. Instead, rats will continue to breed. Most rats are able to wean a litter in about one month and leave the babies to fend for themselves after that period of time.
Rats will seek spaces to live:
Even though they don't hibernate, rats will seek warm and safe conditions. This means that in the wintertime it's likely that they will be looking for space inside your home where they can spend time sheltering throughout the winter. Spotting areas were rats can get into your home can be important to preventing an infestation.
Food gets scarce in winter:
If you are in an area where the climate gets cold this can lead many rats to find an area where they can access food much easier. Rather than getting stuck with very little food supply over several months, they can detect food that's in your home and then stay close to it.