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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.


Rats are everywhere!  That is, everywhere humans are.

Rats can berats-leaving-sinking-ship-1611324_960_720-2 traced first, from Asia where they then spread throughout Europe along trade routes.  Then they were brought to the Americas by ships transporting people and supplies, to the new world.

In California, two species of non-native rats are primary pests in urban  and suburban communities.                                                                     roof-ratThe ROOF RAT (aka the black rat, tree rat) will live indoors, in attics and upper levels of structures and outdoors in trees, dense vegetation and tall hedges.  They love palm trees, with their dense layers of fronds.   They are known for their climbing skills and have even been seen tightrope walking between telephone poles.  The NORWAY RAT (aka, the norway-ratsewer rat, brown rat) is larger and heavier than his cousin the roof rat, therefore he stays close to the ground, burrowing near buildings, under woodpiles and in garden landscapes.  He is also famous for traveling in sewers, and occupying the  lower levels of structures. These rats are more of a problem in industrial zones and  in densely populated, inner-city or downtown areas.

Rats live very well with humans and most of the time, they go unnoticed, until they start to overpopulate, then,  trat-in-kitchen-on-platehey are everywhere.

Like flies, they live especially well on our garbage. And we produce a lot of garbage.

Rats live to forage, mate and reproduce. A female rat can breed as many as 500 times with different mates throughout their lifetime. baby-rats-by-alexey-krasavinOne female rat can be ancestor to a 1000 rats, over an 18 month period.  Rats give birth to litters of pups (baby rats)  consisting most often, of 5 to 7 individuals.   By the age of three months, they are babies no longer and are ready to reproduce. Rats typically live around two or three years.

Female rats choose accessible attics as nurseries for their young because attics provide safety from predators, including male rats that will feed on  newborns. They  leave only to scavenge food and most always at night.  Male rats will stay where food and water are abundant forgoing the trouble inherent in climbing to an attic and the fight that would surely result if they were to encounter a female.  Male rats are extremely territorial and will fight to protect their domain.

Here are the three most asked questions about rats:

  1. How can I tell if I have a rat problem?


  • The patter of running feet on the roof.
  • Droppings along runways, by pet food and water bowls, behind air conditioning equipment and around firewood storage areas.
  • Gnaw marks on wood,  pipes or wiring (including vehicle wiring).
  • Fallen and gnawed fruit , empty snail shells, torn garbage bags, a dead rat in the pool or nesting material in BBQ’s or storage sheds.


  • Disturbed insulation in the attic , damage to ductwork or gnawed wallboard.
  • Lines of droppings and puddles of urine along floors and in the attic.
  • Food packages/containers that have been chewed or gnawed.

Fact! Rats are nocturnal so if you see one rat outside in the daytime, you have hundreds lurking close by in the landscape!

2. Why do I have rats? Rats are always looking for easily accessible food options and safe, warm shelter in which to raise their young.  Man-made structures are chosen as harborage areas because they provide all the resources that invading rats actively seek out.  Rats are well-equipped to adapt to most environments, that being said, they can invade structures through any crack or crevice large enough to squeeze through.

rat-in-the-trashOpen garbage cans and pet food bowls left outside make the perfect food sources for those rats looking for an easy meal. Unkept yards and unrepaired structures provide them safe harborage. Mowing tall grasses, pruning dense foliage and repairing holes in walls will go a long way to protect your property from rats.   Once rats have been drawn to your property, they’ll continue to forage around the perimeter ultimately finding a way inside your home.

3. How do I get rid of them?  Rats must be controlled outside in the landscape to stop interior invasions. Your most effective control option is to call a pest professional Knowing where rats are, how they got there and what they were looking for is the job of a rat control specialist. Corkys Pest Control has perfected the science of Rat Control, here in Southern California, and our customers are loving it!  Call 1-800-901-1102 or Schedule a Service On Line.

it-works-no-more-rats-woman-4676131_640                                Don’t Wait! Get rid of rats, today!

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.