Milwaukee Rat Exterminator & Removal Service
Professional Rat Exterminator in Southeast Wisconsin
In the city of Milwaukee, rats are the most common small rodents to make your home theirs. They're larger than mice, with dark fur and hairless tail. If you live near a garbage dump or pond, chances are rats are nearby. Rats love to live in the attic or burrow under your home - especially during winter.
Check out our rat identification guide for more info.
Milwaukee Rat Exterminator's Advice on Avoiding Infestation
There are things you can do to reduce the risk of a rat infestation. First and foremost, make sure there are no openings to your house. Even the smallest cracks can provide an opportunity for a rat to claw and chew its way in.
It’s also recommended to:
- Keep garbage cans lids tightly closed
- Check for signs of burrowing around your home's foundation
- Keep birdhouses and bird seed on poles and in trays
- Regularly clean sheds and outdoor storage areas
- Clear your home and yard of any garbage
- Do not compost any animal products
- Remove fallen fruits and seeds from your property
- Don’t leave pet food outside
- Keep trees and bushes trimmed back so rodents can’t drop down from them onto your roof
How Rat Infestations Become Uncontrollable
Like mice, there are many ways rats can get into Milwaukee homes or businesses. Cracks and holes in walls, floors and foundations, gaps in windows or ceilings, even sink and bathtub drains all present an opportunity for rats to move in.
Once inside, rats rarely leave voluntarily and can be very difficult to get rid of. They're opportunistic, and won't risk unnecessary human contact if possible. They'll wait for you to leave or go to sleep before they become active. You need a professional exterminator experienced in rodent control to eradicate rat infestations.
Rats reproduce exponentially. Litters can consist of up to 12, each of which reaching sexual maturity after just 9 weeks. This means a population of 2 rats can explode to 1,250 in just 1 year. So if you see one, chances are they're not alone. A-Landlords can prevent the infestation from growing AND coming back.
Rat Infestations in Milwaukee—More Dangerous Than You Think
The dangers of having a rat infestation are more serious than most people know. Coming in contact with rats, rat urine, or rat droppings is known to lead to a number of human diseases, including leptospirosis, typhus, rat-bite fever, tapeworms, and salmonellosis (food poisoning) among others. Rats can also transmit diseases to pets and other animals. Even cleaning up rat droppings can put you at serious risk of infection. Always take the proper sanitation precautions. For instance, you should never sweep them up, as this can release contaminants into the air. Always wear gloves and throw away the paper towel or cloth used for picking up the droppings.
It’s recommended you dispose of any clothing that has come into contact with them during cleaning. All surfaces should be thoroughly disinfected and any food the rats got into should be thrown out.
In addition to health hazards presented by rat infestation, they can also cause damage to your home from gnawing and digging. Wood particle board, drywall, and insulation can all be quickly compromised by a rat colony. Since they often make their nests in large electrical appliance, they can also chew up electrical wiring and cause short circuit malfunctions or even fire.
Rat Pest Control for Milwaukee Homes and Businesses
If you have rats in your home or office, the best course of action is to contact a Milwaukee residential rodent control specialist like A-Landlords Pest Management. Not only do we have the experience to safely deal with the infestation, but techniques and materials that have proven to work. A-Landlords will deal with the rat infestation and take meaures to ensure it doesn't happen again.