||Some attics are infested with rats.
Customer Rat Email: I just left you a message on the phone. You were at my house about a year ago, I believe. We have two crawl spaces and one of them seems to have been breached again. Under the kitchen in the basement, near the washing machine, I smell what I assume to be a dead rat. I've also seen some flies around the last few days. The smell was first noticed about five days ago and is much worse now. I'm planning on trying to remove whatever is in there today. I am assuming that a rat got killed by one of the traps we left behind near the access door to the crawl space. There may be more than a dead rat in there, and I hope a bunch of critters haven't nested in the new insulation that was installed after your last visit. I think I may have spotted the place of entry around the outside of the house. I also noticed a rather large wasp or hornet nest about the size of a pee wee football. I'm not sure you can help me with this, and if not can you let me know and I will try to find someone else? Can you come by the house and do another inspection of the premises? I really want the rats or whatever out of the house, as I have a 8-month old baby in the house now. Please email me or call and let me know if you can help. Thanks, John
My Answer: John, You have found the webmaster of an Orlando based rat control business. However, the company that you hired in your area may be able to help you again. It's true that in some cases, even after a rat problem has been solved,
that a new rat problem can occur, if there has been some deterioration, or if rats have chewed through a new area in the home. This new entry point must be found and sealed.
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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.