Oakland Wildlife Pest Control
We service the Oakland California metropolitan region, including all of Alameda County and Contra Costa County. Read more about our services in these areas: Alameda, Antioch, Berkeley, Concord, Contra Costa, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Orinda, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Leandro, and Walnut Creek.
We are experts at humane animal trapping. California law prohibits unlicensed wildlife trapping. In addition, many variables go into trapping that someone without experience is ignorant of. We aim to relocate all the wildlife we capture, at least 10 miles from your house. Read more about our raccoon removal services and our skunk removal services. If the animal is living under your house or porch or shed, we can install an exclusion barrier to keep the animals out permanently.
We are experts at permanent rodent control in Oakland. We are not like other Oakland rat exterminator companies. Unlike a standard Oakland pest control company, we do not use poisons, but instead solve your rat and mouse problems permanently via home repairs to keep animals out. Read more about our rat removal services. We also handle other animals that get in your house or attic the same way - via home repairs and removal of the animals. This is the proper technique for all rodents, including squirrels and is especially crucial in our bat control method.
Oakland Wildlife Pest Control Advice: How To Get Rats Out Of Your House
Rats are probably one of the most feared animals that can infest a domestic property, and their reputation for carrying and transmitting diseases is certainly one of the main concerns for many people. There is more than a kernel of truth in these perceptions, and those who have rats in the house are likely to see problems with food being contaminated, and they can also cause a lot of damage. As well as the contamination problems, it is well known that a rat bite can transmit a wide range of diseases, which is why many people will look to avoid contact with rats if at all possible.
The First Steps If You See A Rat In Your House
Although the first impulse may be one of repulsion if you see a rat in your house, it is likely to be just as frightened as you will be, so if you can try and see where it will go. If it disappears behind a cupboard or into a hole in your skirting board then it may be an infestation, but if it scampers out of an open door then there is a slim possibility that you don't have an infestation in your house. Even if it is the case it will be worth setting a few traps around your house in the areas where the rats are likely to be in your home.
What If The Rat Is Trapped In A Room?
In many of the situations that people will see a rat in their house, it will be because they go into a room where the rat has become trapped. Although it is rare for a rat to become trapped in this way, if you do find a rat it is vital to try and get it out of the house as quickly as possible. Although rats can be very agile and good climbers, they are unlikely to try and climb to an open window to get out. For those who do find a rat in a room in their house, the best option is to open doors with the best and shortest route out of the house.
It may be worth laying a trail of food out of your home to encourage the rat to get out, but this can be problematic as it may encourage the rat to come back because it is a source of food. Once you get the rat out of your property it is worth checking the house extensively to see if there are any other signs of a rat infestation. Looking in the back of food cupboards and around the kitchen for droppings or food that has been nibbled by rats will be a sure sign that you need to take steps to deal with the rat problem.
Permanently Solving A Rat Problem
Once you have identified that there is a rat infestation in your house, there are a number of steps that you can take to deal with the problem. Some people will want to hire a professional to deal with the problem quickly and efficiently, but there are a number of steps that individuals can take themselves.
Laying traps for the rats is one way that people can use to catch these animals, but because rats are quite social there will often be a number of them living in the property. There are a number of likely spots such as attic spaces and roof cavities along with cellars where rats are likely to become a problem. There are many different baits that can be used to catch rats, and whether it is peanut butter or meat, rats have very varied diets so almost any food can be used as bait to catch them.