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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 restoring 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.

Restoring and maintaining a healthy environment is essential. 

Corky’s Pest Control is equipped to get the job done.                                   In Southern California:                                                                                        Call 1-800-901-1102 or Schedule an Appointment on line.

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.

It’s Rodent “Beware-ness” week: “Batten Down the Hatches”!

Fall is a time of change.  The weather is cooling, leaves are falling, plants and animals are going into overwintering mode and for animals this means heading out of the landscape for safer, warmer places, like inside your home, inside your car or inside your BBQ (not to mention inside pool equipment cabinets).

 

The most frequent unwanted visitors, this time of year, are Mice and Rats.mice-on-cornRat yelling

 

Besides being disgusting, noisy and destructive, rats and mice can contaminate food, spread diseases, bring on allergies and even invite their friends; fleas, ticks and lice into your home.  Rats, especially, have been known to greatly damage property by chewing through drywall, insulation, and electrical wiring (including vehicle wiring).  If you park your car outside, don’t forget to check under the hood frequently.

Prevent rats and mice from making your house their home by:

  • Removing yard debris and trash. Always look for places you think rats might like to live such as wood piles and thick ground covers. Take time to thin out the vegetation and move firewood away from the home. Frequently restacking the wood will also discourage rodents from the area.
  • Keeping trash cans tightly closed. rat-in-trach
  • Storing pet food or bird seed in metal cans with secure lids.
  • Picking up fallen fruit. (Don’t feed the rats!)
  • Bringing in pet bowls and bird feeders at night when rodents are the most active.
  • Keeping your home in good repair. Check for openings where rodents can get in. Remember that a mouse can squeeze through a hole as rat_pipesmall as a dime, and rats can enter through quarter-sized holes. Covering the openings with metal, concrete or mesh wool or copper mesh wool will stop them from getting in.

Rats and mice are sneaky, determined  creatures, so if they’ve gotten past your best defensive line, it’s time to call in the professionals.  

Fun Fact:

Rats and mice have a need to gnaw. rat-at-dentist-1_k2puy3y6fb6ohq-5csefw

They’re not looking to add wiring or building materials to their diet, they are doing what they need to do to promote good dental health.  Yes, rats gnaw to take care of their teeth.  Their front teeth constantly grow and without gnawing and chewing to reduce the size of their choppers, the teeth would grow right out of their mouths until they would be unable to eat therefore starving to death or the bottom incisors would poke through the roof of the mouth stabbing into the brain. Not a good way to go.