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Rat Control Trapping Removal – Animal Removal Services Of Virginia

Do you need Virginia rat trapping removal services? Finding rats in your attic? Rats getting into your crawlspace, cellar or walls? We are your local rat control and removal exterminators in Henrico, Glen Allen, Richmond, Midlothian & Charlottesville Virginia.

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Do you need a Virginia nuisance rat trapping removal service? Definitely, if you are seeing rats in your home or signs of rat activity. If rats are getting into your home or business, there are solutions for removing these rodent invaders. Virginia rats, whether they be Norway rats or Roof Rats, are scavengers and they are looking for food wherever they can find some. Rats are always searching for living quarters, water, and nourishment. And as a reminder, even without a dirty or messy home, office, or building you can still have a rat invasion. Our Virginia Rat Trapping Removal Experts will help you select the right rat control solution if you call us at (804) 729-9097.

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The Roof Rat, also called the Black Rat. Also, Roof Rats find shelter in the upper parts of buildings like your attic. Furthermore, once inside your attic they damage wood and wires by gnawing. In addition, they can contaminate stored food and carry dangerous diseases.

Animal Removal Services Of Virginia Rat Trapping Removal Experts first step in getting rid of those Virginia rats – determining the scope of your rats problem. Before we take any steps to control rat problems, we inspect your home, inside and outside. Conducting a thorough inspection will be critical for helping us decide which method of control is right for you.


Please, if you do think you have rats in your Virginia home or buildings, don’t feel like this can’t be dealt with. You can do a number of things that will clear your home and buildings of rats and then take a few steps to keep them out. First things first, don’t leave food out! Please put away all food, including pet food, and store any food you may have in containers with lids. Also, this includes foods like rice and oatmeal. Also, even though your home may appear clean,  completely clean floors and counter surfaces. After that,  you need to choose the best Virginia Rat Trapping Removal Experts. And, that’s us, Animal Removal Services Of Virginia! Call us at (804) 729-9097 and get rid of your rat problems.

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Norway Rats, also called Brown Rats, live outdoors an in buildings. Also Norway Rats burrow in soil, in garbage and woodpiles, and around and under concrete slabs. In addition, Norway rats nest in basements around piles of debris or undisturbed materials. Also, the Norway Rat can enter home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter.

Controlling a rat problem demands prevention as well. Animal Removal Services Of Virginia Rat Trapping Removal Experts will eal holes in interior and exterior walls, foundations, around windows and flooring which will limit rat access to your home. A rat can squeeze its body through any space it can get its head through. And by using their powerful teeth, they can make an entry point into wood and plastic pipes. Keeping lids on trash cans and eliminating outdoor sources of water make your property less attractive to Roof and Norway rats.

Rat droppings, fresh gnawing and rat tracks reveal areas where house rats are moving around. Also, you may find rats nests in your home, either your basement or attic. Norway Rats like basements while Roof Rats like attics. Also Norway Rats will burrow and build nests along the foundation of your homes and buildings.

Finally, it’s worth repeating, effective rat control involves sanitation, building out(rat proof construction) and population reduction. The first two are useful as preventive measures. Covering up any rat entrances into your home will be our first step. But, when a Virginia home rat infestation already exists our Rat Trapping Removal Experts must use some form of population control right off. Animal Removal Services Of Virginia rat reduction techniques ALWAYS starts with “building out” while trapping. Finally, it bears repeating, we believe “building out” and trapping are THE most effective rat control removal methods. We prefer not using Rodent baits, unless proven to be ecologically safe.



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Great protector against rats are cats. But, they can’t always get at all your rat problems. Your cat will eat a dead rat! And if that dead rat contains poison that is not ecologically safe you may lose a loved cat. Contact us first before using any rats poisons, PLEASE!

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Dangers Of Rats

Having rats in you Virginia home can pose a health risk.  Rats can carry a variety of diseases For example, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Leptospirosis, Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis and more. Also, if rats get into your food they can carry their germs and bacteria that will contaminate it. Rats can also spread diseases in their droppings, urine, or even through their bite. Also, when rats decide to move into your home, they often bring fleas, ticks, and other parasites with them. Furthermore, rats can chew through electrical wires. Doing so can cause fires in your Virginia home and buildings.


Do You Have These Signs If You Think You Have Rats

  • Rats Feces/Droppings
  • Urine Scents
  • Holes in your baseboards
  • Pathways into your home includes openings in foundations, sill ledges, tree branches and more.
  • Rats nests
  • Noises in walls and hidden areas
  • Crazy pet behavior in parts of your home

Sanitation To Prevent Rats

Keeping our customers informed about their IPM (Integrated Pest Management) plan can mean that we that we sometimes have to have tough conversations, such as discussing sanitation issues. Remember that rats eat what humans leave behind. During our inspection of your home we take note of problem areas so we can work with you to address sanitation issues.


Common Areas Where Sanitation Issues Can Attract Rats

  • Kitchen cupboards
  • Behind appliances
  • Trash cans
  • Dog food
  • Bird Feeders
  • Grills and other outdoor eating areas
  • Pet areas
  • Gardens

The Two Rats Of Virginia: Norway Rat and Roof Rat

Roof Rats vs. Norway Rats

There are difference in size between the two Virginia rats.  Roof Rats are a bit smaller than Norway Rats. As a matter of fact, the average Norway Rat  measures between eight and and ten inches in length, while the Roof Rat measures  about seven to eight inches to ten. Norway Rats tend to be stronger and healthier than Roof Rats. Also, they have smaller ears and eyes than the Roof Rat.

Roof rats are also called Black Rats.  Generally, though not always, they are black in color with a lighter stomach. Additionally, these critters have long, scaly tails that are as long as ten inches. On the other hand, a Norway Rat, also called the Brown Rat, has brownish-gray fur and their tail measures four to eight inches.

Norway Rat and Roof Rat Damage

Not only do these two rats look different, they also behave differently. These difference determine different kinds of destruction in Virginia homes and buildings.

For example, Norway Rats live at ground level and enter homes, buildings and yards through burrowing. Their burrowing can lead to the destruction of  foundation, sidewalks, structures and patios. Roof Rats will look for shelter on tops of roofs in attics, where they may chew through roofs, walls, insulation, pipes and wires.

So, if you have a Virginia Roof Rat or Virginia Norway Rat problem in or around your Virginia home contact Animal Removal Services Of Virginia Rat Trapping Removal Experts at (804) 729-9097.

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