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The Most Effective Rodent Control Solution For Phoenix Homes

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Rats are a problem in Phoenix. While we have many types of rodents, only one can compete with rats in terms of the harm they can cause, and that is the humble house mouse. We've covered house mice in other articles, so today we're going to focus on rats and rat control. If you're looking for an effective solution to a Phoenix rat problem, you'll find some helpful tips here. If you need immediate assistance with a rat problem, jump to our contact page for rat pest control in Phoenix and let one of our service team members help you get rid of those rats. With that said, let's get into our topic for today. 

How To Identify Common Types Of Rodents In Phoenix

The first step in any control program is proper identification of the pest(s) you are dealing with. While we have a few species of rats in our area, the two we see most often are roof rats and pack rats. They are the two that we'll focus on in this article. Before we do, we'd like to quickly give an honorable mention to Norway rats. In most of the country, Norway rats are pests. That is not the case in Phoenix, but we do see Norway rats every once in a while. They are resilient animals and sometimes hitchhike into our area and establish themselves for a short time. When they do, they're a pain to deal with in homes or businesses. Norway rats are big rodents and more robust than those established in Phoenix.

Pack Rats: These rodents are also called wood rats, which is a name that provides quite a bit of information about them. They weigh about 8 ounces and are about 20 inches in length. That length includes the tail, which is usually about the same length as the body. There are eight species of pack rats in North America, and all of them are generally brown in coloration, which might cause you to mistake them for Norway rats.

Roof Rats: These rodents are also called house rats, which says something about where they prefer to live. They weigh 8 to 10 ounces and are about 16 inches long, including the tail. In general, these rats are smaller than pack rats. These rats are black, not brown. So, you should have no trouble telling them apart from pack rats.

Both of these rat species are excellent climbers. If you hope to keep rats away from your home and prevent them from getting inside, you need to keep this fact in the front of your mind. Roof rats in Phoenix are particularly troublesome because they like to live indoors. Pack rats typically go in and out of structures; they don't prefer to remain indoors. Pack rats create a nest called a midden or den. These are as wide as four feet and are found in trees or in the ground at the base of trees, which makes sense for a wood rat.

Rodents Can Spread Disease And Damage Property

When dealing with rats, it is critical to familiarize yourself with the dangers. The first, and most important reason to understand the dangers, is that you'll know to wear protective gear when cleaning up contaminated areas or nests. All rats are linked to disease transmission. They can directly contaminate areas and cause sickness or spread ticks and fleas that cause illness. The primary concern with pack rats is the spread of plague. Yes, it's still a thing. If you find dead rodents in your yard, contact the health department as soon as possible. Roof rats can spread plague as well but they're mostly a concern for bacterial transmissions, such as exposing foods and surfaces to salmonella or E. coli.

It is important to keep in mind that all rats are not disease-ridden varmints. Some are just city rats, and they can more easily pick up diseases than country rats. If you have a group of rats on your property, you don't need to fear them, but it is wise to use caution when dealing with them. Don't handle them with your bare hands or clean areas with your bare hands. Wear a mask or ventilator in closed spaces that have rats' nests or contaminants. These steps will help you prevent sickness if there is any sickness to prevent.

Most of the danger that rats present is in their propensity to chew on wires. If rats get into your home, even for short periods, they can chew on wiring in your walls and cause a fire. We don't need to tell you how bad that is. Along with wiring in your home, they can chew on wires in your automobiles, yard equipment, pool equipment, and more.

How And Why Rodents Find Their Way Into Our Homes

Why don't rats just stay in nature where they belong? There are a few reasons why roof rats and pack rats will get into your home. Some of them may surprise you.

  • Rats are attracted to tight spaces. If a rat explores your exterior and sees a hole or gap, it can't help but explore it. One of the best and easiest ways to keep rats out of your home is to fill in these entry points. A can of expanding foam will provide a quick (although messy) patch. Don't worry that rats can chew through this material. They're not likely to try because there won't be a hole to attract them. Rats typically make small holes into large holes. That's the main issue.
  • Rats climb trees like a squirrel but do it at night when you can't see them. Squirrels are diurnal and visibly active all day long. If you have tree branches that hang over your roofline, it can invite a rat infestation. We recommend trimming tree branches so that rats don't get the wrong idea. If you don't have the means to get up there and trim your branches, you may apply metal flashing around tree trunks to stop rats from climbing up your trees. They can't get a grip on the metal. If you have over a foot of metal applied to your trunks, it should prevent rats from climbing up.
  • Rats love to explore downspouts and will often use downspouts to get onto roofs. You can prevent them from doing this by putting wire mesh in your downspouts. Make sure to fit the material in there snuggly so that rats can't pull the wire out.
  • Rats often get into homes because they're first attracted to the yard by the scent of organic material. Yep. We're talking about trash. While you may find the aroma of a dirty trash receptacle off putting, rats don't. The strong aroma of rotting organic matter is a promise to rats that food is available. Rats aren't nearly as picky about what they eat as we are. Clean and disinfect your receptacles and make sure to get your trash to the curb weekly.
  • Rats eat nuts and seeds. If you have nut-producing trees or bird feeders near your home, it shouldn't surprise you when rats become a problem. Stay on top of clean-up and keep these food sources well away from your exterior.
  • Rats are attracted to yards with clutter. If clutter brings them into your yard, they may start getting inside. When you take the time to remove clutter from your yard, you'll also deter house mice, which is definitely a good idea. Rats in Phoenix are bad, but they don't have anything on house mice. 

Hopefully, you now have some great ideas for how you can keep rats out of your yard and away from your home. It takes work, but it is well worth the effort. If you're not into doing all that work, or you want the best rat control possible, there is another option.

The Most Effective Rodent Control For Phoenix Homes

When you want to keep rats out of your Phoenix home, there is no better way to do it than to contact ACTION Termite & Pest Control. It is also the easiest way to deal with rats. What could be easier than typing a phone number or filling out a short contact form? When you reach out to us, there are a few things you can expect. We do exclusion work to prevent rats from continuing to get into your home. Exclusion work offers long-lasting deterrence for rats. On top of this, we will deploy traps and baits, depending on what rat pest you have on your property. Bait is typically used for pack rats as it is best used to cull populations outdoors. Traps are deployed indoors or outdoors and work best for roof rat control. Along with these pest control methods, your technician will alert you to trouble spots and potential attractants. Rat control is a scientific process, and our licensed professionals have the training and experience to get the job done right. If you have questions, or you're ready to schedule service and say goodbye to rats, we'd love to hear from you. Connect with us today for assistance. We look forward to helping you find the right solution for your pest control needs.