QUESTION:

We have a varmint in our garage who resides between the hot water heater and our car hood. It goes to the bathroom around the water heater. We have no idea how it finds food, and we don’t have any water out there, other than the windshield washer fluid hose that it has chewed a hole in. How do we solve this problem?

ANSWER:

While not common, rodents sometimes ruin the inner mechanics of a vehicle. They are determined little pests and will stop at nothing to insure the survival and reproduction of their offspring. Something like this can start small and escalate into serious problems. One day a rodent appears in the car port and a month later, the kitchen lights won’t turn on.

In order to get this situation under control, we would need to develop a rodent control program. This program will deplete current population of rodents living in and around the home. This can be done with a discrete rodent bait station that placed around the exterior of the home. Most homes need anywhere from 2-5 bait stations that will kill off the current issue and help against future infestation.


QUESTION:

I don’t know if you service the Ocala area, but we seem to have some sort of small animal in our A/C ductwork. We only hear it periodically late at night when the rest of the house is quiet. Can you help?

-Ocala, FL

ANSWER:

Yes, we do service the Ocala area. Most likely the animal is a rodent infestation. Rodents such as the roof rat, are very common in Ocala. Typically roof rats are not entering the home for food, but merely for shelter. Rats have figured out that homes make a very good nesting point for evading predators and staying out of the cold in the winters.

These rodents will sometimes chew into the duct work in order to get to the cold or warm air circulating through the home. Rats are mostly blind and they leave a urine and pheromone trail in order to find their way back to the home when they leave to forage. This trail can invite other predators such as snakes, and/or it can attract other rats, which eventually will result in an infestation.

It is best to have a trained wildlife professional come out and conduct a thorough inspection of the house. The inspection will include ductwork, the attic/crawl space, roof, soffit, vents, and any other location that is vulnerable to allow these rodents into the home. From the inspection, the technician will be able to determine the exact species and where it is leaving and entering the home.

After the inspection, the technician can sit down with you and discuss the most effective way to rid your home of these pests as well as go over the strategic plan to prevent these pests from ever reentering the home again.


QUESTION:

I left my groceries in their bags yesterday, and when I arrived home, a package of chicken had been torn open and one piece had been completely eaten. Also, my deli turkey had been dragged under the kitchen table and half eaten. I’ve looked everywhere in the house, but cannot find anything. I know it was some animal and need your help! Thank you.

-New Orleans, LA

ANSWER:

The culprit could be any number of creatures such as opossums, raccoons, or skunks. The most likely pest, however, is a rodents, more specifically – rats.

We will need to set up a general inspection to determine the type of infestation, how they’re getting in, and contamination levels in the attic space, as animals in the living space typically gain entry into the house once they settle into the attic. Depending on the exact situation, we could have the problem handled in as little as a few days to a few weeks.


QUESTION:

I would like more information regarding your rodent control services, as well as what to do about spiders in the house.

-Cleburne, TX

ANSWER:

We would need more information about the type of spider, where, and how many there are to be able to devise a method of control.

Rodent control is more of a straightforward solution. After an inspection to determine the extent of the problem and find any exterior entry, rodent control generally involves four parts.

First, we would seal any openings on the exterior of the home to block entry to the interior. Next, we would trap in attics or crawl spaces where activity has been found to remove any rodents inside the sealed home. Then, we would perform any clean up or remediation necessary in said spaces to deal with feces and pheromone trails. And finally, we would set outside rodent bait stations to monitor and mitigate exterior rodent populations.


QUESTION:

I have heard it is possible to attach metal pieces that are pliable to the bottom corners of garage doors to help close the gaps and keep rodents out. Is that something you do?

-Frisco, TX

ANSWER:

Initially, we would plan an inspection to figure out the types of problems due to the gaps in the garage. The inspection would let us know what animal/insect is using the gaps as entry points. These finding are important to craft a solution.

One such solution could be to seal gaps in the garage with a sealant foam for insects. If we are dealing with rodents, we can take different approach and use metal flashing to secure the area. The inspection and work itself could take up to a few hours, depending on the severity of the issue and the amount of work that needs to be completed.


QUESTION:

Hello, I work in a warehouse setting, and I believe there may be animals in the warehouse. I would like for someone to come and check it for me. Thanks.

-Kenner, LA

ANSWER:

Getting one of those feelings that there is something out there but you can’t see it? It could be a rodent issue. Rodents are very common animal found in and around businesses and homes. They have the ability to find a way through small holes in the building structures or chew their way through, if needed.

Rodents are shy and like to stay well hidden, so most people won’t see them, but will find the remains of destruction or droppings left behind. Rodents are prey for many animals, so it’s in their best interest to try and not be seen.

When dealing with possible wildlife issues, it is best to have a professional technician come out and inspect the building. He or she will be able to determine the species and the locations that they are entering and leaving.

Then they will be able to put together a plan of action based on the species that was determined. This plan could consist of a trapping session, exclusion (sealing the building), a monthly service, sanitization/clean-up, and an ectoparasite-parasite treatment.