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Central Ohio’s Professional Rat Exterminators | Solve Your Rodent Problem Today

A rat infestation can mean major damage to your house and DIY removal methods often make the problem worse. Let the professionals at Champion Pest & Termite Control exterminate your rat problem once and for all.

Don't Give Rats A Chance To Reproduce!

Rats are both terrestrial (ground) and arboreal (tree) dwellers meaning they can either dig or climb into your home. They are much larger than mice, carry more diseases, and cause significant damage to buildings and food and water supplies. The two most common species of rats in Ohio are the Norway rat and the roof rat. Both of these rats are very good at hiding and prefer to be active at night meaning you may not know you have an infestation until it’s too late. Rats can reproduce at only three months old and have litters of 5-10 pups every 24 days. Seeing one rat around your home confirms that there are more; however, you can’t know how many until a full extermination is completed. A group of rats may be known as a mischief, but the damage they cause is much more severe than that.

Rats Are A Huge Risk To Your Home And Your Health!

Rats and mice rank just behind termites in causing the most extensive and expensive damage to buildings. They are indiscriminate chewers and will gnaw through support beams, floorboards, plastic, adobe, brick, cloth, wires, siding, pipes, insulation, ductwork, and even weakened concrete. It only takes a hole ¼ inch or larger to entice a rat into your house and they can easily widen it, leaving large and rough teeth marks behind. Homes plagued by rats are at a high risk of fire due to damaged wiring. Between 8% and 25% of house fires with unknown origins are suspected to be caused by rodents.

 

Rats can also be responsible for thousands of dollars in food damage and pose a high risk to your family’s health. Their droppings and urine carry deadly diseases which spread over the surfaces of your home and into your food. Rats living in pipes or basements can contaminate water supplies.

DIY Isn't Always The Answer!

Seeing live or dead rats in or around your home is the most direct sign of an infestation. You may see dirt or grease marks along floorboards or baseboards or find abandoned nests outside in your bushes, trees, or wood pile. A thorough inspection of your home would show multiple entry points and evidence of chewing damage. You will also begin seeing piles of droppings and hear scurrying or squeaking at night in the walls. Unfortunately, all of these signs mean you have a full-blown infestation and need the help of a professional exterminator.

Rats and mice are commonly misidentified by homeowners which can lead to ineffective DIY removal. Different traps are available commercially, but they will only deal with an individual, not a whole colony. Rats are also smart creatures who tend to avoid unidentified objects placed in their paths. Cornered rats are aggressive and my bite or claw to avoid being captured. If you do trap a live rat, now you must find a way to either dispose of it or relocate it safely far away. All that work for a single rat while hundreds remain hidden in your walls, attic, or basement. Setting out bait is also not a good DIY solution. Poisons are slow acting, meaning rats could perish inside your walls, air ducts, or anywhere else they scurry after ingesting the bait. In addition, baits can be very harmful to kids and household pets.

Our exterminators will work to remove the entire colony, minimize the damage caused, and help prevent further infestations. After effective removal, our team will identify and seal holes where rats were entering and perform a thorough inspection, cleaning, and disinfection of the area; leaving you a healthy, pest-free home once again. Don’t delay, call the team at Champion Pest & Termite Control to rid yourself of rats for good.