Rodent Control

Professional Rodent Control Services For McKinney & Plano, TX

When it comes to a rodent infestation, the problem is that these seemingly innocent pests actually cause a lot of problems. When they get into homes or commercial buildings, rodents are bad news, plain and simple. Once inside, they will chew on anything they can get their teeth on, including sheetrock, insulation, wiring, and ductwork and leave feces and urine everywhere, not only ruining these areas, but also introducing dangerous pathogens into your home or business. In addition, rodents can spread diseases by simply walking around your property and can even introduce parasites into your building. Dealing with rodents? Partner with Around The Block for effective rodent control!

The Best Rodent Control Available

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When you contact Around The Block Pest Control for your rodent problem, we’ll perform a thorough inspection to determine the size and scope of the infestation. Depending on your specific situation, we’ll come up with a rodent treatment plan that may include one or all of the following services:

  • Rodent trapping and removal services

  • The installation of dog-proof rodent bait boxes (exterior)

  • Rodent exclusion work to seal potential entry points

With rodent control, it’s important to not only remove the rodents that are currently in your home, but also to ensure that no others can get back in later. That's why in addition to our rodent control and trapping services, we also offer exclusion work to help prevent future rodent infestations from occurring.

Our rodent control work comes with a warranty that lasts as long as the current owners remain in the home and have an active maintenance plan with us. If rodents return, we’ll re-treat to ensure that your problem is completely resolved.

When it comes to rodent removal, we are absolutely your best option!!! At Around the Block Pest Control, we know exactly how to take care of these unwanted rodents, and fast! Having rats can be very upsetting. When you hear them scratching inside the walls it may as well be inside your brain! We understand completely that you feel violated and disgusted and you want them gone yesterday. Give us a call at Around The Block and we’ll help you evict these freeloaders. Call us at (469) 336-5957 for help right away!

Keep Your Home Rodent-Free With Around The Block Pest Control!

No one wants to have to deal with rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels in their home, and with Around The Block Pest Control, you don't have to! When you find yourself dealing with a rodent infestation on your property, the sooner you contact the McKinney, TX rodent control experts at Around The Block for assistance, the better. With our effective rodent control and exclusion services, we can eliminate your rodent problem and ensure that those rodents don’t return, guaranteed. Contact us today to get started!

Frequently Asked Rodent Control Questions

Here at Around The Block Pest Control, we always want to make sure that our customers are well-informed. If you have questions about rodents, we have answers! From the most common signs of rodent activity to the most effective rodent prevention strategies and everything in between, when it comes to rodents, we've got you covered!

How can I tell if I have a rodent infestation?

Think you're dealing with rodents? There are some things you can look for! Some of the most common signs of rodent activity include:

  • Rodent droppings are a common sign that may be noticed or around the building. Roof rat droppings measure at about ½ an inch and are pointed on the ends; fresh droppings appear darker and moist whereas old droppings look dried out and hard.

  • You may hear noises inside the wall, especially at night or at sunset or sunrise, but not nearly as much activity during the day; this is because roof rats are nocturnal.

  • There may be greasy rub marks, gnawing, and scratching marks on the structure where the rodents enter and exit.

  • You may notice the insulation in your insulation looks disturbed, matting (winding trails in otherwise undisturbed insulation), or tunneling (rat-sized holes in the insulation).

What should I do if roof rats invade my home?

If the roof rat(s) are in the attic or inside a building, we recommend setting up several large snap traps with whatever food source the roof rats have been eating as the bait along the route where you have noticed the activity. Roof rats are creatures of habit. When they do find a food source they like such as bird seeds or dog/cat food, they tend to prefer to eat only that thing, visiting that source of food again and again along the same path. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult to entice a roof rat to eat cheese or peanut butter on a trap if they already have an established food source that they can go back to, but setting traps along their route, if you can find it, will be most effective. Make sure to wear disposable gloves to limit your scent on the traps to make them more appealing to roof rats; take care when setting and placing these traps to avoid injury.

The insulation in an attic can give you clues about the path the roof rats are taking. Look for what we call tunneling (rat-sized holes in the insulation) or matting (snake-like or winding trails in otherwise undisturbed insulation). If you see more signs of rodent activity in one area than another, you may be closer to the nest and more likely to catch something if traps are placed near these areas. If you are unsure of what they have been eating, peanut butter is an excellent choice. Be sure to place these traps out of the reach of children and pets as they can cause harm if accidentally set off. Monitor these rat traps regularly for rodent activity, about every three days or so.

We never recommend using poison baits inside because of the potential hazards to people inside and also, if the rat eats the poison, it will likely die inside creating a foul smell for a long time. If you suspect you have a dead rat in your home or business, we offer professional services to remove them. Call us at (469) 336-5957 for help right away!

What should I do if I find roof rats on my property?

If the roof rat(s) are outside near the building, we would usually recommend using baits. Make sure you know what you are doing with rat poisons, or better yet, turn to a trusted rodent control professional. It is really easy to accidentally poison something you don’t mean to, including children or pets. This can lead to extreme harm and even death. We highly recommend hiring us to do this instead of tackling this yourself. If you are determined, only place bait outside in child and pet-proof devices that are properly anchored and regularly maintained. Know exactly what bait you are using so that in the event of accidental poisoning or secondary poisoning you know the signs and how to respond. Call your local or state poison control for more information on whatever bait you are using, and as always, in the event of an emergency always call 911 immediately for help.

Baits are always more effective if placed along suspected foraging pathways or along the building, fence lines, dense foliage, compost piles, largely undisturbed areas such as barns or sheds. Follow the advice on the application frequencies and distances on the baits you decide to use and become familiar with the labels on the products.

What can I do to prevent rodents?

If you're trying to prevent rodents, cleaning is so important. Keep your home nice and tidy and do not leave food out; that includes your dog and cat food. Keep food storage in rat-proof containers and preferably in clean and dry areas. Make sure to clean out the trash bin often because this is one of the strongest attractants for rats. Areas with dense foliage like long grass and high concentration of trees or plants are attractive to rats as well and need to be trimmed and maintained to help reduce rat problems. One of the biggest things you can do to prevent rats is having the holes on the outside of the home sealed up. We call this a rodent exclusion and offer services to help you button up the house. Finding the potential entry points that rodents may have used to invade your home can be very difficult. In almost all cases, this involves going up on the roof.

We perform hundreds of rodent exclusion services each year. Rodent abatement through baiting on the exterior of a building is a very good way to keep roof rats in check and prevent them from ever coming inside. This is almost essential around many homes and businesses. In fact, restaurants need to have them in most cases.

WARNING - Make sure you know what you are doing here with rat poisons. It's easy to accidentally poison something you don’t mean to, including children or pets. This can lead to extreme harm or even death. We highly recommend hiring us to do this instead of tackling it yourself. If you're determined, only place bait outside in child and pet-proof devices that are properly anchored and regularly maintained. Know exactly which bait you are using so that in the event of accidental or secondary poisoning, you know the signs and how to respond. Call your local or state poison control for more information on the bait you're using and as always, in the event of an emergency, always call 911.

There is plenty more to know in order to get rid of roof rats. We hope these tips are helpful for some of you, but if all we did was convince you that you’d rather hire us to take care of the problem yourself, you’re not alone and we’d be glad to help! We've helped thousands get rid of roof rats. Benefit from our expertise, reach out to our experts for help!

 

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