Patrick Quinn from Rat Busters in Boca Raton, Florida becomes a certified commercial animal control professional. He has recently passed the exam given by the Florida State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and is now certified as a commercial wildlife management specialist. Florida Law requires every commercial wildlife management trapper to be certified before they are allowed to deal with or attempt to control commensal rodents in the state.
The Florida Department of Agriculture serves as the regulating body for these professionals, under the provisions of Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Florida Statutes. Certified operators must also be certified in specific categories in which their employers want to operate.
For many homeowners, the back yard is a sanctuary to come to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature. This peace is disturbed when possums get in the area, and they forage around and potentially destroy the plants and flowers you worked so hard to grow. Remove these opossums from the equation before it’s too late.
Identify the Problem
Identifying an opossum problem should be your first priority. These creatures enjoy areas near tree crevices, wooded areas, underneath decks, and brush piles. After rummaging through your garden for nesting sites or food, there will be some tell-tale signs left behind. Look for droppings, overturned garbage cans, and tracks. Opossum poop is sort of identical to dog poop, only it tends to have tapered ends and is sually a little smoother.
Capable of growing up to 13 inches long, the roof rat is an intimidating foe for any homeowner. This species is excellent at climbing and tends to nest inside buildings and attics. Stay ready for them by having a strategy in place so that they don’t become a chronic enemy.
Don’t Attract Them in the First Place
Deal with roof rats appropriately by not attracting them to your home in the first place. Search the house for possible sources of food. Try to keep food in metal or glass containers, because roof rats won’t be able to easily chew their way through these materials. If there are crumbs on the floor, sweep them up.
You’ll also want to clean up any clutter because rats love burrowing into trash, such as cardboard and paper, for nesting. If you do place garbage outside, secure it in a metal trash bin. Think about putting your pet food into containers, instead of in a bowl. This prevents rats from being attracted to the scent.
Dealing with roof rats is important not just to prevent disease from spreading, but to keep the infestation of rodents from growing quickly. The following steps offered by animal control experts make rat removal a simple process so you don’t have to live in fear.
You first need to inspect your home to see how bad the rat infestation is. Look for red flags, including rodent feces, tracks, burrows, runways, urine stains, rodent sounds, or already dead rodents. Rodent feces look like black or brown grains of rice, averaging around 3/8 inches long. You can tell if the feces is fresh by its color. If the color is not dark, the rat was recently in the area.
Dogs and cats are very in tune with their senses, and they’ll get stirred up if a rat is near the area. Check the food pantry as well, seeing if bags of food have been tampered with. Search low traffic-areas of your house too, including closets and especially attics for roof rats.
Rats are adaptive animals capable of getting into impossibly tight spaces. Their destructive behavior may result in all sorts of problems for homeowners. Here are some common problems you’ll find with rats and the correct ways to deal with them.
Chew Electrical Wiring
Rats need to chew on things to keep their teeth honed. It’s an instinctive behavior, but can be frustrating when they target your electrical wiring. The solution to this problem is simple: seal up all openings that are the size of a quarter or larger so that no rats can get inside and get access to your wiring.
Unfortunately, if you have rat problems, your pets may be at risk. That’s because rats will attack predators much larger than them, especially if there is a horde of them around. Rats like to eat cat and dog food right out of your pets bowl, which could cause them to spread diseases to your pet.
Rat Busters realizes that the presence of nuisance wildlife in homes and attics is not only an inconvenience but also a risk to human health and safety as well. Aside from the property damage these animals can cause, there is also the matter of contamination from feces and urine. It is for this reason that we now provide services to clean and disinfect attics and insulation throughout South Florida and the Boca Raton area after an animal control situation has been contained.
Of course, one of our main goals as a wildlife removal, prevention and trapping service is to minimize damage first. Once the species causing problems has been identified, our technicians will employ practical, humane and environmentally acceptable solutions for removal and prevention of re-infestation, if necessary.
Rat Busters animal control technician Randy Privett earns his certification from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He passed the test and now holds a Limited Commercial Wildlife Management Certification. This certification guarantees that Mr. Privett is qualified to perform rat removal in, on or under structures. This also extends to other types of commercial wildlife such as raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, skunks, opossums, etc.
All licenses with regards to agriculture, protection of the environment, safety of consumers, and wholesomeness of food in Florida go through the Department of Agriculture. This includes the regulation of the practice of commercial pest control, under the provisions of the Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Florida Statutes.