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About Rats

Problems caused by rats, mice & other rodents:

  • Rats, mice and other rodents will live wherever they find food – in domestic houses, factories, warehouses, cupboards, underground drains and sewers.
  • Rats can cause damage to structures, consume stored edible goods and contaminate foodstuff with excretion and hair.
  • Rats are known to be carriers of numerous different parasites that are easily transmittable to humans, such as Salmonella, Rat Bite Fever, Typhus, and others.
  • Female rats are able to produce up to 10 litters each year and she has 6–12 babies per litter. These offspring will reach maturity and be ready to mate within two months.
  • Rats are creatures of habit and will memorize specific pathways and use the same routes repeatedly.
  • Rats will constantly gnaw on virtually anything pliable such as wood, electric cables, bricks and ceramics, in order to wear down their perpetually growing incisor teeth.
  • Rats are excellent climbers and are able to scale up walls, traverse drain pipes and use adjacent trees and branches, even overhead telephone cables, to enter any structure.

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Useful Information If Termite Treatment is Necessary

Do not panic. There is no need to be alarmed if termite activity is found in your home and treatment is necessary. Termites work slowly and the structure will not be extensively damaged or collapse overnight.

Take your time to make a sound decision. Do not allow anyone to force you to make quick decisions. If you decide to hire a commercial pest control company, get two or more cost estimates. It is important to request the plan of work revealing sites of termite activity and treatment procedures. Ask for written information on chemical treatment procedures, repair of wood work, warranties, copies of insecticide labels and other pertinent information. Compare bids before making decisions. Ask about liability insurance.

Beware these situations:

Someone says that a structure will be treated with a secret chemical formula

pest control operators with no business address and no listed phone number, and

operators with no liability insurance.

Termite Control

The goal is to establish a continuous insecticide barrier between the termite colony (usually in the soil) and wood in a building. Sometimes there may be a secondary termite colony above the soil (in the roof or other areas with a constant moisture supply) that requires additional treatment. Insecticide barriers may be established during or after building construction. In an existing building, termite treatments may involve any of the following procedures: a) mechanical alterations, and/or b) use of an insecticide to treat the soil, foundation and wood. In most cases, it is beyond the ability of an untrained person to attempt the termite treatment, unless it is a spot treatment or a person has work experience in this area.

Generally, termite treatment should be performed by professional pest control operators. Termite treatment requires special tools such as hammer drills, sub-slab injectors, rodding devices, engines equipped with pumps, protective equipment, etc.

Caution

Do not apply insecticides when soil is frozen or saturated with water. Frozen or saturated soil will not absorb insecticide uniformly.

Do not let humans and pets touch treated surfaces until surfaces are dry.

Before using insecticides for termite control, always READ, UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW all label directions.

Keep all pesticides in original containers, out of reach of children and away from food, feed and water.

Do not plant food crops in treated soil.

Do not allow children and pets to play in treated soil.