The only way to get a kitchen rat.

Customer Rat Email: Hi David, We have heard from a service person that we have signs of rats in our crawl space. I am interested in humane removal of the rats. I know that you offer killing them or using a one-way door, but I would like to know if there is a reason that you don’t offer live trapping and releasing them far away? Also, what success have people had with the one-way doors in terms of the rats (possibly the same ones) seeking reentry? If I were to opt for a one-way door, do you have a method of verifying that they have all left before sealing the entries? I have seen some positive reviews of you, but don’t understand why with some critters you will go the whole nine yards to humanely ensure their departure, but with rats it seems to be different. Thanks.

My Answer: Live trapping and removal of rats in cages is impractical, and rats often die very quickly in a cage trap, due to exhaustion. The best way to do a no-kill method is with exclusion devices that allow the rats to get out of the house, but not back in.

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There are three kinds of rodents commonly found inside buildings (in the attics, walls, and even inside the living space). They are the Roof Rat (Rattus rattus), which is also called the Black Rat, then there's the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Brown Rat, and the House Mouse (Mus musculus). Roof Rats are more common in the south, such as Florida, where I work. The above photo is of a Roof Rat. They are very common inside attics. The Norway Rat is more common in the northern section of the United States. The Norways are more commonly found underground, in subways and sewers and such. The House Mouse is found everywhere, but seems more common in the north. All of these rodents thrive in urban areas and love to live in human buildings and houses. They use human garbage (and pantries) as sources of food. All of these rodents are carriers of several diseases that can infect humans and pets. They contaminate homes and attics. The only way to permanently solve a rat problem is to find out how the rodents are gaining access to the inside of the building, and fix those openings. Then the remaining rats inside have to be trapped and removed. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Rats page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as rats. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or rat control issues.

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