Three signs you may have rats or mice in your home:
- Hearing scratching noises in your attic, walls and between floors.
- Usually hearing noises during the daytime and night time.
- Found droppings, holes chewed in bags of food, chewed wires and water leaks from chewed pipes.
Norway Rats: Also known as the brown rat or common street rat, the Norway Rat originated in China and is now common on virtually every continent. With a tendency to reside where humans do, brown rats are true omnivores and will eat almost anything. They generally live in family structures, sleeping, grooming, and finding food for one another. In some cases, these rodents can carry diseases like Weil's disease, rat bite fever, and viral hemorrhagic fever.
Roof Rats: The Roof Rat, also known as the house rat, black rat, or ship rat, is a species of rat common in Georgia. Originating in tropical Asia with colonies across Europe and the Americas, the Roof Rat is an omnivore that poses significant issues to farmers and their crops. These pests can live in any number of atmospheres, from warehouses to barns and agricultural areas.
Mice: Mice are among the most common pests in Georgia, living in virtually all climates and atmospheres where there are food sources. The term mice can be used to describe numerous species of rodent, including the field mouse, deer mouse, and white-footed mouse. Mice are frequently found in human environments, feeding on a wide range of grains and other plant-based foods. In addition to posing a nuisance in human residences, mice are also the carriers of numerous diseases, including hantavirus. The House Mouse is a very common problem in Georgia. If not taken care of immediately, they will infest your entire home or structure in NO TIME. Many people have issues with mice and don't know it. Mice can gain entry into your home through very small gaps and cracks. It takes a lot of time and a keen eye for the smallest details to find all their entry points.
Wildlife exclusion for a home or building is not a simple, standard process. Each structure is unique, requiring different methods and ladder work. It takes a skilled technician with a trained eye to find all of the uncommon holes. At A & A, we have the experience and know-how to do the job right, guaranteed. Unlike many other companies, we use quality materials such as tough wire screening, thick sheet metal and other products that will last the life of your home.
Due to poor building codes in Georgia, a construction gap is likely present between the roof decking and fascia board around the roofline of your home. These gaps will usually measure half an inch to four inches or more and is a common entryway for critters to access your attic. This area needs to be sealed with galvanized sheet metal and usually takes the most amount of time, effort and ladder maneuvering. The sheet metal is pre-bent and slid under the shingles while screwed into the fascia board to secure. If gutter covers are present, they are carefully taken off to access the construction gap. We then install sheet metal and properly reinstall the gutter covers.
Many other entry holes may exist in the home. Roof returns, vents, utility penetrations and other foundation / siding openings, to name a few. These areas usually need galvanized wire screen in the vents. Galvanized screen and foam are used to seal other holes.
After sealing the home, it’s time to get the critters out. The same day we close up the house, we strategically place rat traps around infested areas with specially formulated bait they can’t resist. We then return weekly several times to remove the animals and reset the traps until they are completely eliminated. Sometimes it may be necessary to do some trapping before the exclusion work depending on the situation.
To get squirrels out of the attic, we install a repeater trap on the outside of the main entry hole. When they come out, they'll be trapped and won’t be able to get back inside. When this happens, we return and take them at least 10 miles away from your home to release.
When we’re confident all rodents are gone and can’t get back in, it’s a good idea to clean up their mess. If you decide to sell your home, most home inspectors will find and report rodent evidence to the potential buyers or agency. The first step is to remove as much of the feces as possible, then finish with disinfectant. We use a HEPA vacuum to prevent dust circulation. Our hospital-grade disinfectant is completely safe and has a very light, fresh scent. A fogger disperses it into the infested area, killing all bacteria, germs and viral pathogens. Other evidence such as tunnels and trails in the insulation will also be smoothed out to benefit future inspections.
Our Disinfectant Sanitizer Virucide kills harmful germs, bacteria, fungi and viruses. It disinfects hepatitis, hantavirus, avian flu, HIV and more. It also prevents and eliminates mildew.
Occasionally, a large infestation can ruin an attic, crawl space or other areas of the home. A restoration may be necessary. In this case, we can perform a partial or full removal and replacement of your insulation and vapor barrier for a complete clean. For more details on insulation, Click Here.