If you have rats in your home, it's very important to do the job right the first time! I have seen dozens and dozens of cases of nightmare scenarios over many years, in which
homeowners have paid pest control companies for a monthly contract that never ends. That is very costly! Do the job ONCE by a wildlife operator, NOT A PEST CONTROL COMPANY,
get it done, and you'll be rat-free forever. The wildlife operator will seal shut all the rat entry points, and that's the ONLY way to solve a rat problem forever. The total cost
will probably run between $300 - $500 to remove all the rats and seal the entry holes shut, and it may seem more up-front than a low monthly deal, but you've got to do it right, and
then you won't have to worry about rats any more. This
cost will vary a great deal, depending on how many repairs are needed, what part of the country you live in, how many rats are in the attic, how many service trips are necessary,
if you need cleanup, etc. For tips to do it yourself for FREE, read my how to get rid of rats
I must reiterate that
this is a directory
of professional nuisance wildlife companies
who have met my quality guidelines, and
every company charges different rates
Click below map to find exact rat prices in your town
Here are three articles that will help give you more information:
How To Guide: Who should I hire?
- What questions to ask, what to look for, who NOT to hire.
How To Guide: do it yourself!
- Advice on saving money by doing wildlife removal yourself.
Guide: Why does wildlife cost what it does?
- Analysis of the wildlife control business, and prices.
Costs do vary by company. But there are 3 main principles:
1) Rat control is highly specialized work, with unique licensing and liability risks.
2) You usually do get what you pay for, and cheap companies tend to do bad work.
3) There is no one-price-fits-all. It doesn't work that way, every rat job is different.
While rats can live in the walls, the kitchen, under the house, etc. the most common place for rats to inhabit in a house is the attic. Read my comprehensive guide to rats in the attic
Any reputable nuisance wildlife company will have spent money on licensing, liability insurance, and a host of other business expenses.
You don't want to over-pay of course. And most of all, you want someone who will do this complex work correctly. If you do it wrong the
first time, you'll just end up paying more later. You can't ignore wildlife problems, because of the damage and health risks that rats cause.
Invest in your home and property by taking care of the rat problem correctly.
Customer Email Regarding Rat Problem:
I am having a re- occurrence of what I thought was mice or rat in ceiling below upstairs floor and downstairs ceiling. Three years ago I had a professional come in and he was able to trap what turned out to be a small
roof rat. Went out and bought cage traps for any future infestations.
Upstairs has access to voids between joists at eaves in crawlspace behind knee walls. Unfortunately, the joists are running lengthwise and I cannot see into middle of floor/ceiling area where I hear rodents. This time rodent has followed same path gnawing and scratching his way across ceiling at night...same path as three years ago.
Found an opening outside behind gutter where trim board comes down to meet eve at end of house...all stone so it was easy for me to cement and seal opening. Can't see any other openings but will continue to comb the exterior thoroughly. Inside near where opening was I have found evidence of tunneling in insulation and some chewed cardboard storage boxes, but then I lose the trail, and the night scratching at opposite end of house is only recent evidence there.
My question is should I set snap traps where I hear sound (or as close as I can get) or set them at opposite end of house where opening was...or both. What if they never come out near the set traps and stay (and possibly die and rot0 in center of ceiling/floor area. Sorry so wordy. Your advice will be appreciated, as will a good night's sleep! Thanks, Ed
Set traps where you hear the noises and where you see rat droppings. But all will be futile if you don't find and seal EVERY entry hole shut. Do you think you got all the entry holes?
Thanks, Dave. I'm on the 40' ladder checking as we speak. I cannot see droppings and can't access where I hear noises.