Things to Know about Atlanta Rodent Control
Anywhere you live, whether country or city, rodents run the risk of being a problem. Here is a look at some of the most common species, and the particular issues that come with them:
- Beavers: -If you live near a waterway, these largest rodents may dam and flood your property, or remove valuable landscape trees.
- Mice: - Mice are one of the most common animals in homes and one of the hardest to remove. They have flexible bodies that can fit into holes as small as a nickel. They chew furniture, eat your food, and make messes everywhere.
- Rats: These larger cousins of mice come in two species in Atlanta, the Norway rat, and the Roof rat. They are known for chewing insulation and electrical wires, and risking foundations by creating large tunnel systems under the home.
- Gray Squirrels: - These cute, fluffy creatures are great to watch in the yard, but if they make a home in your attic, they can become a loud and messy house guest.
- Flying Squirrels: - These nocturnal, gliding rodents are group nesters, and can set up a home with dozens inside in attics and outbuildings.
Why Choose UWC for your Rodent Problem?Most pest control companies specialize in insect control and consider wildlife control an additional service. While they may trap, poison, or otherwise remove the animals that are on-site when they visit, they may not have the expertise to prevent further occurrences. UWC believes in non-chemical trapping methods and does a thorough inspection of your area to help you understand why your rodent problems are occurring, and walks you through the ways to keep it from happening again. This includes on-site repairs and installation of exclusion devices to discourage re-establishment of wildlife.
Is your rodent pest control problem not listed?Although, there are other rodents in the greater Atlanta area, the animals listed above are the most common nuisance rodents Georgians deal with. If you are having a problem with another type of rodent not listed, and need an exterminator or trapper please, do not hesitate to give us a call.
1What is a Rodent?
Rodents are mammals in the rodent family. They are best known for a set of front teeth, or incisors, which never quit growing. Because of this, rodents must constantly gnaw things to keep them in check. Common rodents in the Atlanta area include squirrels and flying squirrels, rats and mice. They can have several litters per year, which means that they can quickly increase their populations once they have found a suitable home.
2What Kind of Home Damage do Rodents Cause?
There are some different ways in which rodents can damage homes by doing what they normally do. They often find their way into your home by gnawing and tunneling. This can cause damage to your siding, insulation, and electricity wires. Extensive tunnels under your home can risk the stability of your foundation. Once they have established a home, they can make large messes with caches of food and nesting materials, and can urinate and defecate throughout your home. In some cases, their droppings and urine can contain diseases like hanta virus that may risk your health.
3How do Rodents get into Attics?
Rodents will exploit any opening in your home. Squirrels will try and enter through chimneys, and all rodents can use attic vents, unsealed soffits, and corners of the building that don't match up well enough.
4Is Poison a good Rodent Control Method?
Poison may be a very effective control method, but it comes with a large number of risks. First, it may kill other wildlife that is not your target. Second, an animal who ingests poison will not die immediately. Instead, they will often crawl inside your walls or in tight spaces and die, which leaves a smell that you must either endure or damage your home to eradicate. Finally, animals like squirrels are illegal to poison.
5Can You ID a Rodent by the Sound they Make?
The size of the noise and the time of day when you hear the sound are clues that can narrow down your culprit. Larger noises may suggest squirrels, rats or raccoons while mice tend to make softer sounds. Gray squirrels tend to make noise during the day, while rats, flying squirrels, and raccoons are nocturnal.
6How Many Rodents Might be Living in my Home?
Again, this will depend on the species. Mice, rats, and flying squirrels will colonize. This can mean a few dozen flying squirrels, and dozens of mice or rats if the problem has occurred for awhile. Gray squirrels are more territorial than these other rodents, so only a single family will live in an area.
7What About Rodents and Other Wildlife not Listed Here?
Animals like raccoons and birds may establish homes in your attics and outbuildings, and come with their own concerns. No matter the creature that may have decided to visit, we are happy to answer questions, identify your culprit, and provide trapping, eradication, and preventative services.
8I live in the greater Atlanta area and have tried other companies in the past, how can Urban Wildlife Control help me with rodent pest control?
Urban Wildlife Control uses an effective, 4 step, rodent pest control process to rid your home or office of unwanted rat pests.
- Inspection-Urban Wildlife Contro lwill first inspect the roof line, attic, crawl space, basement, etc. looking for rodent damage, rodent droppings, and rodent nesting sites to determine the species of rodent that is the problem. Urban Wildlife Control will then determine how the rodents are gaining access to the building. Once we locate point(s) of entry we will also locate future vulnerable areas that may need to be reinforced.
- Trapping- Rodent trapping takes place in the attic, basement and crawl space of the building. Traps are set wherever activity is found. Rodent Traps are baited with food, not poison.
- Exclusion- This step involves “rodent proofing” all the entry points identified during the initial inspection. This process is essential to solving the rat pest control problem long-term. Reinforcing vulnerable areas, such as a Inconsistencies left in homes during construction. The roof line is the most common area to find construction gaps.construction gap , is another component in proper “rat proofing”.
- Deodorizing and Disinfecting- After the pest rodents have been trapped and the exclusion work is complete, Urban Wildlife Control offers deodorizing and decontamination services. This service eliminates the rat odors and the bio hazardous contamination that may be present in your home. Deodorizing and decontamination involves applying an organic enzyme and a hospital grade disinfectant. An atomizing sprayer “fogs” the area and breaks down rodent odors created by urine and other excrement.