This attic had thousands of droppings.

Customer Rat Email: Hi - I was informed that the county would take care of certain mice/rat problems as part of the taxes we pay. I live in Dana Estates and one of our neighbors who lives behind us has either mice or rats that keep coming under the fence into our yard. I have a 2 year old who likes to run around the yard and I am concerned one of them might come under the fence and bite him. Is it true that this is something the county can take care of? Who do I need to contact specifically? Would they come out to our house or go straight to our neighbors? It would be nice if we could get it taken care of sooner rather than later before they multiply. Thanks for your assistance. Nicole

My Answer: Wow, I've never heard of a county handling rat problems, although I do know that some cities spread rat control poison all over the place (a bad idea). I'm sorry, but I don't know of any county service that will solve a rat problem for someone. That's why pest control companies exist. Athough a wildlife professional will typically do a far better job, by trapping and removing the rodents and sealing entry holes.

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There are three kinds of rodents commonly found inside buildings (in the attics, walls, and even inside the living space). They are the Roof Rat (Rattus rattus), which is also called the Black Rat, then there's the Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the Brown Rat, and the House Mouse (Mus musculus). Roof Rats are more common in the south, such as Florida, where I work. The above photo is of a Roof Rat. They are very common inside attics. The Norway Rat is more common in the northern section of the United States. The Norways are more commonly found underground, in subways and sewers and such. The House Mouse is found everywhere, but seems more common in the north. All of these rodents thrive in urban areas and love to live in human buildings and houses. They use human garbage (and pantries) as sources of food. All of these rodents are carriers of several diseases that can infect humans and pets. They contaminate homes and attics. The only way to permanently solve a rat problem is to find out how the rodents are gaining access to the inside of the building, and fix those openings. Then the remaining rats inside have to be trapped and removed. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Rats page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals such as rats. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or rat control issues.

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