Forsyth County, Winston Salem Rat Control Situation:
I have a question about roof rats. I have heard they carry all kinds of diseases including bubonic plague and typhus. If you have them in your home do you need to evacuate your home until it is determined they are all gone and all holes and points of entry have been covered?
Hi David, I honestly don't know where to start. I have this annoying sound of a critter (of size sounds like) in my wall and it is terrifying me. I can not say if it's just at night or only during the day..I here activity both day and night. Somedays there is NO noise at all for days, then it starts over. I feel as if it's entering and leaving. I had an exterminator to come out and that was a waste. He threw out some bait and sprayed for spiders!!! and I specifically called for the noise in the wall, which did not make a sound when he came out. I told him he could cout the wall and I would have someone repair it...I JUST WANTED THE CRITTER OUT! I don't know if it's a rat, mouse or squirrel. I have heard running in the little crawl space of an attic I have earlier on, but not sinse he threw out the bait. He did say he saw very little droppings up there, but didn't say of what. I have only been in my house two years and am in NEED of HELP! Wfat can I do? I live in Greenville, MS. Thanks Shirley
Winston Salem Rat Control Tip of The Week
What To Do With A Rat After It Is Caught
After successfully catching a rat, people are often faced with the issue of what to do next. There is more to removing rats in your home than just catching it. If you have caught a rat in your home, there are certain things you will have to consider before going ahead with any activity.
The first thing you will have to consider if you caught a live rat is whether to relocate the rat to somewhere far away from your home or kill it. Secondly, you will have to figure out the best way to handle the rat without having any close contact with it, so as not to put your health at risk. Lastly, you will have to make plans on how to thoroughly disinfect your home.
If you are sensitive to animals, the best way to handle this situation is to choose the humane way by relocating the rat somewhere far away from your home after catching it. But at the same time, you need to understand the fact that the rat might not survive in the new environment you intend to introduce it to. Rats are habitual and are usually accustomed to living in the environment they grow up in. When you relocate any rat you caught, it will find it difficult to feed in the new environment. In most cases, these rats don't usually survive more than a few days.
On the other hand, if you have decided to kill the rat after trapping it, it is best to kill it fast and quickly. The best way to do this is to use either a blunt object that is firm and heavy or use a fire weapon.
While doing all of these, you need to protect yourself as much as you can to avoid getting in contact with diseases and pathogens. To do this, wear a pair of gloves while handling the rat and dispose of them immediately after use.