Nixtermite is experienced at trapping, exterminating and excluding these rats and mice from every kind of structure in the city of San Diego and the surrounding communities.
Unfortunately rats live anywhere that humans live. The rodents have a great ability to survive and adapt. Rats are attracted to properties, homes, and other buildings that offer them easy access to warm shelter, water, and food. Rats have a preference for eating grains as well as breads or cereals and other grain products.
Compost piles, open trash cans, gardens, and pet food can all initially attract rats to a property. Rats generally become more of a problem for property owners in the late fall when they are actively searching for a place to overwinter in. Rats can squeeze their bodies through very small spaces in order to make their way inside of homes and other buildings, once inside they are typically found living behind wall voids, in crawl spaces, basements, and attics. Rats are also great swimmers, and are able to enter into structures via broken drains, toilets and sewers. It has been found in tests that rats have the ability to tread water for many days and can swim for half a mile against a current.
Rats are considered to be dangerous to both people and property. Rats can cause a lot of damage to the structure of a home and personal belongings because of their constant need to chew. They can spread many serious diseases including Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCM), salmonellosis, dysentery, and leptospirosis; along with introducing parasites like fleas, mites, and ticks into your home. Also, while foraging for food and water sources in your home they will cause food found in kitchen and pantry areas, and food prep areas to become contaminated with their urine, feces, and saliva which may spread disease to pets and people.
Rats have a 2 to 3 year maximum lifespan, but most of them die within their first year. However, within that one year, a female rat is capable of producing as many as 5 litters, with each litter having 6 to 12 offspring. Rats are completely blind, naked and helpless when they are born. They mature rapidly and after one week or so open their eyes. A rat reaches sexual maturity in 3 to 4 months. They mate all year round as there isn’t any set breeding season.
Solutions designed with you in mind
Whether you need to get rid of mice or rats, the best trap is to call Nixtermite and our Professional Pest Solutions. Our experienced technicians will first investigate your home and/or property to determine where the rats are currently living and how they are gaining access to your home or office.
In most cases, we find them living in attics and/or subareas. The most effective rodent control requires an integrated approach. Rodenticide alone is often not enough. Additionally, rodent control may require rodent proofing, harborage reduction, trapping and increased attention to sanitation.
Our complete home exclusion service will seal up all potential access points around your home or office to ensure that you have no further problems in the future.