Florida Rat Trapper

Professional Manatee County Florida Rat Control Services

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Perhaps the most important service we provide is our ability to prevent rats and mice from returning to your Manatee County Florida home or business. We accomplish this by making structural repairs or additions to remove the opportunity for animals to enter a building. In cases where animals have already taken up residence, our biological clean-up process will eliminate the scent markings animals use to communicate, thus removing any attraction for future animals to find ways to enter a contaminated space. Rodents in Manatee County Florida conjure up negative associations for most people. Even the sight of a common house mouse scurrying across a floor when the lights are turned on suddenly can cause feelings of revulsion in residents. Source

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Rats and mice are important rodent pests entering Manatee County Florida homes and warehouses for food and harborage (Figure 1). These rodents eat any kind of food that people eat. They also contaminate 10 times as much food as they eat, with urine, droppings and hair. They can carry at least 10 different kinds of diseases including bubonic plague, murine typhus, spirochetal jaundice, Leptospirosis, rabies, rat bite fever, and bacterial food poisoning. Many times rats bite sleeping children while trying to get bits of food on the child that were not washed off before going to bed. Rats and mice also start fires by gnawing matches and electrical wires in homes. The Norway rat, roof rat and house mouse are the most persistent rodent populations in need of control.

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  • What is the best bait to trap a rat?

  • Do rats leave the attic during the day?

  • How to get rats out of your car

These rats are primarily active at night. Cage trapping is often considered to be the most humane way of dealing with an animal problem, and certainly when it comes to larger animals it is fair to say that it can be effective. Newer rodenticides are much more efficacious and have resulted in the phasing out of these older materials over the last 20 years. Norway rats can climb, but not as well as roof rats, and are strong swimmers. Only after you've sealed the openings shut, you should start trapping and removal. Rats tend to segregate themselves socially in both space and time. Some type of clean food can be used to entice the rats to the boxes, or the tracking powders can be used in conjunction with an anticoagulant bait, with both placed in the same station.

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  • Do rats dig holes? Do they burrow under houses? How deep?

  • Do I have Rats?

  • Are rats dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets?

Strip and destroy all unwanted fruit when the harvest period is over. Selection of rodenticides and bait products must be done according to label instructions. Cage trapping is often considered to be the most humane way of dealing with an animal problem, and certainly when it comes to larger animals it is fair to say that it can be effective. Since roof rats rarely dig burrows, burrow fumigants are of limited use; however, if they have constructed burrows, then fumigants that are effective on Norway rats, such as aluminum phosphide and gas cartridges, will be effective on roof rats. See Rat Trapping Tips and Rat Baiting Tips. In residences where rats may be living in the attic and feeding outdoors, the damage may be restricted to tearing up insulation for nesting or gnawing electrical wiring. When rodent-proofing against roof rats, pay close attention to the roof and roof line areas to assure all accesses are closed.

Do rats dig holes? Do they burrow under houses? How deep?


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  • How to Stop Roof Rat Damage

  • Should You Use Cage Traps To Catch Rats?

  • Do rats bite sleeping babies?

They are very strong, and can injure your fingers. Care must be exercised to ensure that baits are properly placed and the use instructions on the product’s label are strictly followed. Rats may carry viruses such as Hantavirus and salmonella, and although they can also be a carrier of bubonic plague, that disease is not indigenous in the USA. The reproductive potential of one female Norway rat is about 50-60 young per year. The damage control methods used for roof rats are essentially the same as for Norway rats. They use their tails for balance while traveling along overhead utility lines. The only way to solve a rat or mouse problem is to find every last point of entry into the house, and seal it shut.