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Beware! Rats are Dirty and Leave Toxic Chaos Behind.

The last thing you want in your house walls is a rat.

Rats and even mice can create a ton of damage and a dangerous amount of contamination in a very short time. Cleaning up after them can be a “big” job and a hazardous one to boot.  The messes they make are “TOXIC”!   poop-in-the-attic

Rats and mice are constantly urinating and defecating, contaminating every surface they touch. Disease and bacteria are easily tracked across, furniture, appliances, countertops and utensils on their paws and fur.rats-in-kitchen-3

Unsanitary rat feces, urine, carcasses and other, biohazard, waste pose real health concerns. Rats can spread diseases ( to humans directly through their feces, urine, saliva or bites. They can also spread diseases indirectly through their, very close friends: ticks, mites and fleas.

With so many hazards associated with rat (and mice) infestations, and the time- consuming process involved in cleaning up and sanitizing effectively, calling in experts is a very prudent decision.  Professional pest control companies provide comprehensive treatment and exclusion plans and take on the job of providing healthful living environments.  They do all the work so you keep healthy.

Corkys Pest Control not only gets rid of rats and mice but can provide the following services:

  1. Exclusion Service: repairs damaged structures and prevents future interior infestations.

2. Clean-up and Sanitation Service:  gets rid of toxic waste left by rats and mice ensuring a healthy environment.

3. Air Duct Cleaning Service:  is an important part of any rat/mouse clean up program. Duct cleaning clears the air and makes breathing safe again.

Fact: Extreme caution should be taken before handling rat droppings (mouse droppings) as they carry a number of potentially fatal diseases (ex. Plague, Rat-bite fever, Hantavirus, Salmonellosis etc.) that spread to humans, usually by hand to mouth contact but sometimes through inhalation or direct contact such as a bite.  Dried feces and urine, when disturbed, can get into the air and be readily inhaled.  rat-poop-in-houseContaminants from rat debris and dust, including that from old or rat-infested insulation, can work their way into air duct systems and become a part of what you breath, further spreading toxic inhalants.

Some brave souls might want to try cleaning up the mess. But why take a chance with your health and that of your family. It can’t be stressed enough that this dangerotyvek-suit-got-rodent-cleanupus operation, be left to the professionals who have all the necessary equipment ( masks that prevent the inhalation of dangerous dusts containing viruses and other contaminants,vacuum-hepa-filter commercial vacuums with hepa-filters, industrial cleaning and antibacterial/viral solutions for cleaning up hazardous waste, etc.) to ensure the health and safety of those they serve.

rodent-poop-diagramWant to know if you are dealing with rats or mice? Know your poop…   Here’s a diagram to make it easy.

The Covid-19 Pandemic and Rat Infestations. Now What!

A perfect storm of residential rat invasions has been created by the coronavirus-4914028_960_720Covid-19 pandemic.  People are producing more food waste at home, now that restaurant trash generation has decreased. Streets are emptier, so normally skittish rats are more likely to go exploring. According to experts rats can cover two to three (or more if they are really hungry) city blocks easily in one night. They are able to travel out of the city  or business districts and into people’s yards and homes.

No neighborhood is safe. Contrary to popular thought,rats-2-cute rats are not just an urban problem or a companion to poverty. Rats do not discriminate. Their hunting grounds include: residential homes, mansions, estates, apartments, businesses, hotels, just about everywhere a human being lives.

Instituting an anti-rat program is essential to keeping rats and the destruction they cause and the diseases (salmonella, rat-bite fever, Murine Typhus, Leptospirosis, etc.)  they carry, away from your home. Seal gaps under doors or other entrance points into your home. Make sure your trash stays in tightly sealed, lirat-in-trash-bag-2dded bins.  Avoid keeping yard debris, like leaf piles or construction materials around the house.  Clutter is a rats best friend.  It gives them a safe place to live and raise their young.

Know the signs of rat infestation. Look for droppings and gnaw marks. Check around dense vegetation or shrubs, (rats like to dig burrows in areas with heavy ground cover). Keep your eye out at night, that’s when  rats are most likely to be active.

closed-restaurantIf our challenges now aren’t enough, rodent experts worry about what will happen when the country starts to reopen. Biologists warn that people could face nasty surprises when they return to workplaces where rats have had months to flourish unmolested. Especially worrisome are closed restaurants, which, even if they were rodent-free in February, might not pass rat inspections when the businesses are opened later in the year.

The coronavirus pandemic has everyone worried.  Raising awareness and sharing expert tips can help keep rats at bay.

If you have a current concern about a rat infestation, don’t wait.  Contact a pest control professional.  They are open for business and ready to help get rid of rats.  Don’t worry, pest control is a non-contact, essential business.  Call now.

Dirty Rats and Marauding Mice, Harbingers of Sickness and Death!

Every time I sit with my grandkids and watch their favorite movie, Disney’s, Ratatouille, I can only picture in my mind the “cute”, humanized rats running around a kitchen, peeing and pooping uncontrollably even shedding hair and their fleas and mites as they create fantastic meals for their human patrons.  I am so grossed out!  Rat-infested-kitchenYou see, being in the pest control industry for over 20 years has taught me a lot about animal habits and physiology, and although it is a myth that they have no bladders and no sphincter muscles, it’s a fact that rats and mice  constantly eleminate their waste wherever they happen to be and quite frequently.  So, wherever they roam, they leave a trail of feces and urine behind.  “ICKY”!Rat yelling

These pests are more than just a nuisance.  Rodents, such as rats, mice and even rabbits, are associated with a number of health risks.  Rats and mice alone are known to spread more than 35 diseases and these diseases can be spread directly to humans, by the handling of live and dead rodents, through rodent bites and through contact with rodent feces, urine and saliva.  Indirectly, diseases can be transmitted through fleas, ticks and mites that have fed on the infected rodents.  Rats and mice carry parasites, like tapeworms and are also responsible for eliciting allergic reactions, as their hair, dander and particles of feces become airborne.

Scary fact; a single mouse is capable of depositing up to 25,000 fecal pellets in a year.  That’s approximately 70 pellets each day (not to mention free flowing urine).rat-poop-in-house  So, there is no question that prevention and prompt removal of these dirty guys, is of paramount importance.

 

 

Guard your home. Guard your health.

Take precautions before cleaning up rodent infested areas.  Get rid of the rodents first, then seal up any entryways to ensure that rodents can’t get in in the future.  Then it’s time to clean. Here is a link to the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention so you have the latest info on how to safely and efficiently clean up after rodents.  If cleaning up after rodents is just too much for you or too ICKY! Check out Corky’s Pest Control’s, Rodent Service program.  

Vector control (a county program) has several suggestions for minimizing rodent infestations like trimming back trees and shrubs, cleaning up pet food and fallen fruits outside, closing entrances to your home larger than a quarter inch and cleaning up rodent feces and urine with a disinfectant that is rated for killing viruses.   They warn to not use a vacuum.  It could push pathogens into the air and increase the chance of someone breathing them in.  cleaning-3309061_960_720It is suggested that if you must use a vacuum, thoroughly spray entire infected area with a disinfectant that kills viruses, then let it stand until it’s dry.  Then vacuum carefully with a hepa-filter equipped vacuum. Don’t forget your face mask!

The following diseases are transmitted via rats:

  • Plague …more
  • Salmonellosis …more
  • Murine Typhus …more
  • Rat-Bite Fever (RBF) …more
  • Leptospirosis …more
  • Eosinophilic Meningitis …more

The following are transmitted by Mice:

  • Salmonellosis …more
  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) …more
  • Lymphocytic Choriomenginitis (LCMV) …more

Want to identify the “dirty rats” or “marauding mice” that are invading your space, check out these links:

 www.corkyspest.com/rat-id.html  or www.corkyspest.com/mouse-id.html