Your YardDoc rat exterminator will first look for clues to try to identify which species of rodent is plaguing your property. The two most common rats found in Texas are the Norway Rat and the Roof Rat.
The Norway rat is bigger, lighter in color, and with a tail that is shorter than its body. The Roof rat is a smaller rat that is much darker, often nearly black and has a tail that is longer than the rest of its body.
The Norway rat (Rattus Norvegicus) is also known as the brown rat, common rat, street rat, or sewer rat, and is widespread across Texas. It is a brown or grey rodent that grows up to 28cm long, with a slightly shorter tail.
Norway rats like to stay close to the ground and are strong diggers that will dig burrows.
The Roof rat (Rattus Rattus), also known as the black rat, ship rat, or house rat. It is a common long-tailed rodent.
Roof rats forage for food above ground and they often run across utility lines and tree branches to enter houses where they generally nest in attics, drop ceilings, and inside walls.
Be proactive and make your property less attractive.
Deploy non-secondary poisoning baits around the perimeter of your home to stop rats before they enter.
Snap traps are generally only effective if the area has been cordoned off and the rats are desperate for food; for example, inside a building or an attic that has been sealed off. Trapping also only tends to work on the first night (85% capture) and the second night (15% capture). After that, traps are ineffective.
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Though we will use chemicals if it’s absolutely needed to achieve successful pest control, our focus is on organic methods of rat extermination as described in the City of Austin’s IPM guidelines. In the long run, your results last longer and are safer for you, your family, pets, and the environment.
YardDoc provides licensed organic pest control to help you prevent and eliminate unwanted pests, rodents, and critters including mosquitoes, millipedes, termites, grubs, scorpions, bed bugs, spiders, ants, ticks, wasps, and cockroaches.
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