rat control

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Hello,

I may have dead rats underneath the woodwork, underneath the walls in the house. What should I do and what product can I use? Will the smell go away? And is the smell of ammonia resemble dead rats ? Your help is greatly appreciated.

If you read through our RAT CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll learn that the use of a rodenticide in the home will many times lead to an animal dying somewhere inaccessible. But the general rule is anytime you have any kind of animal active in or around your home, there will be an increased risk of something like this happening. Fortunately there are some good products that can remove the smell.

For now read our article. As you’ll learn, removing the animal is always best. But if you’re not able to find it, you’ll have to treat with the NNZ we list in the article. You can spray it out over the area where you suspect the odor is located but if it’s a wall or ceiling void, you may need to use one of the FOAMERS to get good coverage.

Dead Rat Odor Article:  http://www.roof-rat-control.com/rat-control#dead_rat_odor

NNZ:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/nnz-64-oz

Foamer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foamers/solo-2-gal-foamer-w12-inj

Rat Control Article:  http://www.roof-rat-control.com/rat-control

 

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Firefighters say rodents may be the reason a fire broke out Thursday morning in Chico.  The fire was called in by a neighbor around 7:45 AM after they saw smoke and flames coming from the upper level of the home.  The resident told firefighters he heard a scurrying noise in the attic a few hours earlier, around 1:30 in the morning, and then the power went out.   Roof rats, squirrels and mice will commonly chew power lines so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they indirectly caused a short.

The homeowner apparently didn’t realize the danger and just reset the circuit breaker. About 6 hours later the fire broke out. You can read the full the story here:

ATTIC FIRE CAUSED BY RODENTS?

In fact, rodents regularly chew on pipes, wires and just about anything attempting to grind down their teeth. As explained in our ROOF RAT CONTROL article, they do this instinctively. This is just one more reason why roof rats should not be tolerated in or around the home. Be sure to trap out local populations if you find them in or on your house using one of the methods detailed in our article.

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Aloha,

I have a dead rat in the refrigerator. We have looked under and behind and removed tile under appliance but cannot locate it. We think it is probably in the motor housing or up inside some insulation. We can’t lay the refrigerator down without causing damage due to it’s design and size. This is a new appliance. Do you have any suggestions on how to control the terrible odor?

Thanks

Rats and mice will many times seek out tight places to hide. Motor housings and the surrounding environment are prime locations and as the cold of winter sets in, rodents will come inside looking for these exact locations. They generally offer warmth and moisture as well as a secure location to keep them protected from predators and the harsh season outside. These same locations also have a lot of hazards including electrical and mechanical parts which can end a small rodents life abruptly.

When rats or mice die in an appliance such as a refrigerator, a bad odor will usually alert the homeowner of it’s presence. At that point the dead rodent should be found and removed. If it cannot be found and removed, treating the motor and other components of the appliance can be done with some NNZ ODOR NEUTRALIZER. This product can be sprayed lightly over the housing, compartment and surrounding area. With any luck it will trickle down into key voids or spaces where the dead animal is nestled. Expect to repeat treatments daily till the carcass is decomposed.

If you have other rodent questions, consult our online RAT CONTROL ARTICLE or call us troll free at 1-800-877-7290.

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I think I have a rat in my attic. I can hear sounds at night and it seems like they might be gnawing at something. I’m afraid to go up there but I can’t afford any service company to come out. I don’t want to use any poison anyway and that’s all they want to so I guess I have to do something myself. What can I do?

First, review the online Rat Control article we have posted. We have a whole section on using live traps which are actually quite effective for rats. You will have to get up in the attic to set them up unless you know of some place in the living area they are visiting. If you have such a place, you can set out a trap there. Otherwise, the only way you’ll get control of this problem is to get some traps set up in the areas where they are most active and for now, that sounds like the attic.

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Can Ropel be sprayed on fan belts in cars?  Am having problems with rodents in car engine.

Ropel is a bad tasting agent that can be sprayed on many surfaces with the hopes that target animals will find the taste unpleasant enough to stop their chewing. It’s good to use on fan belts to stop rodents that are gnawing and doing damage. If this doesn’t stop them, try one of the Ultra Sound devices we have featured in our roof rat control article. We’ve had good results using them for this exact application.

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I’ve been hearing noise in my attic for the past two weeks and finally went up there to see what was happening. I found lots of black droppings all over and think its from a rat. What kind of rat can climb all the way up to my attic?

Most rats are good climbers. Roof rats in particular are very good and it’s most likely this is what you’ve got since they love attics. The best thing to do right now would be to start trapping them out as explained in our roof rat control article.  Just don’t start cleaning the area until you’ve got them removed and know for sure there isn’t any still up there! This way you’ll be able to keep them where they’ve been and in the end, be able to get control that much faster. If you disturb the area, you might end up moving them to some other location in the home that won’t be so easy to access. I suggest you review our online article for more details…