Re: [SunnyvaleCafe] Recommendations for rat exterminator?
- G'Day All,
I had a survival job working for Terminix as a licensed pest inspector. The only trick to catching rats in a trap is to prevent them from being able to bump the trap, which allows them to trigger the trap without being caught and then they eat the bait.
Snap traps are the most effective and humane way of killing these disease spreading creatures. I strongly suggest wearing gloves. Once a rat is caught, just pickup the trap and rat and put it in the garbage. It is not worth risking disease to try and save the trap.
Rat traps are bigger than mouse traps, but tend to work the same.
If you find an injured rat that is not dead, the zoologist said that the most most humane way of killing them is to drop the rat and trap into a bucket of water. They drown rather quickly.
Some people just hit the injured rat with a solid object, but this tends to spread blood around, which I find both disgusting and less safe.
I used to screw the trap to a larger board to prevent the smart rats from triggering the trap and stealing the bait. Peanut butter was the most effective bait.
If these were not creatures that spread disease, I would just leave them alone.
Here are two to try. I used Bugmaster about five years ago and as I remember they the ones who did the job correctly (ants).
Bugmaster Pest Control
5030 Yucatan Way
San Jose, CA 95118
Bay Valley was recommended to me by the only termite inspector that I believe is honest. I don’t think that I use them.
If you try any of these, report back with a recommendation if you can.
My next door neighbors just discovered rats in their attic and
contacted a contractor whose name they found in a home service repair
guide distributed in the mail ("Santa Clara County Verified Home
Services, San Jose and Surrounding Areas 2013"). This guide does not
offer many referrals (and might be paid for by the businesses listed).
I may share the rat problem, since we have shared walls.
Does anyone know of a good and reasonable rat exterminator service?
The one in the guide above (Bay Area Rodent Solutions) quoted a $250
discounted price for the inspection only, to be applied to the cost of
extermination and repair (presumably of holes, if found).