Virginia Beach County, Virginia Beach Rat Control Situation:
I have finally cornered the single rat that has been living in our laundry room. He is under our dryer. can you come and get him. I am concerned that he will get away from me and hide somewhere else in the house.
Hi David, I read the helpful information on your website. Do you have a company that you would recommend? We live in Brentwood but we are on a tight budget! Maybe you know of someone reasonable who can clean up a dead rat & urine in the kitchen walls or under the cabinetry?
Hi my partner is a crop farmer and finds when he puts his combine away for the winter because it is impossible to clean all the grain from it the rats have a hay day. Eating everything wires and pipes included is there anything you can suggest to help.
There is a long and interesting story of my experience with rats a year ago and they seem to keep following me everywhere i have stayed at hotels, my friends homes, office i worked at and now my daughters apt. I feel as if though I'm cursed because not only do rats keep showing up in my life but i also happen to have Immune disorder and suffer from environmental illness which means my sense of smell is extremely sensitive and many times an odor will make me get sick to my stomach for example .rodent odor and especially rats. I saw your website and was hoping to get some feedback on how to convince my daughter this problem is real and it needs to be taken care of quickly. Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
I have mice in the ceiling in an area with no access unless I start cutting out the ceiling and even then it would only be 1 small area at a time. I've put traps in the nearest space I can get to and I've caught quite a few. Question is do those sonic guard units really work. The guy from Virginia Beach , sells the Home Sentinel. Any feedback , will it drive them out of the house, it's a fairly big house so I would have to use a few of them. Thanks.
Virginia Beach Rat Control Tip of The Week
Using Exclusion Funnels To Get Rid Of Rats Without Killing Them
Rats are probably the second most common species of rodent to be found in our towns and cities after rats, and like their larger relations, they can also often find their way into many different areas of the domestic property. Because rats can carry diseases, and can also transmit them by soiling food and water sources, it is natural to want to get rid of them as soon as possible. Exclusion funnels are one approach that can be used to try and get rid of rats from your home.
How Do The Exclusion Funnels Work?
Ultimately, the funnels are designed so that the rats can easily get in through the wide end of the funnel, and can then push themselves out of the narrow end of the funnel when they are leaving a particular area of your property. However, when they try to get back in the narrow end of the funnel the entrance is too small and cannot be prized open, meaning the rats are not able to get back into the area where they are causing the problem. The key aspect with exclusion funnels is that the rats really do need to be contained in one area of the home.
Preparation Work To Install Your Exclusion Funnels
The first step before you install any exclusion funnels in your property is to carry out a detailed search of where they are active, and then to identify all of the holes the rats are using to get in and out of that area. The reason for this is that you need to be able to deal with each entry point the rats may use so that when you install the funnels, they cannot simply come back in through another entry point. While carrying out this work, it is usually a wise precaution to wear long sleeved clothing and gloves, along with a breathing mask and goggles to protect yourself from any disease transmission.
Where To Place Your Exclusion Funnels
It is usually best to only place one or two exclusion funnels, and then seal the remaining access points that you can find in the area where the rats are nesting. When choosing which entry points to install your exclusion funnels, the best options are usually those that have the heaviest traffic, and should be indicated by a greater buildup of rat droppings and urine stains.
Monitoring The Rat Activity In Your Home
Once you have installed the exclusion funnels, the next step is to monitor the area to see how effective the funnels have been. In some cases, this part of the work can actually prove to be quite trial and error, as the rats will often have other secret entry points that you may not have found on your first search of the area. In this instance you will then have to search the area again, and try and find the other access point the rats are using to get in and out.
The Challenges Of Using Exclusion Funnels To Deal With Rats
One of the key benefits of using exclusion funnels to deal with rats is that it doesn?t kill the animals so you don?t have to dispose of any carcasses. However, this also means that the rats can try and find other ways to get into your home, which means it can take longer to deal with them than if you were to use lethal means to deal with a rat infestation. The other issue with using exclusion funnels for such small animals is that because of their size, it is very difficult and detailed work to actually find all of the holes they are using to get in and out.