What Makes Our Rat Control Programs Effective?
September 22, 2019
Matthew S. Hess
Rat control shouldn’t begin with an infestation and then lead to a solution, although it quite often does. It should begin with prevention and stop infestations before they start. As our mothers always said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”. The same is true for rodent control.
I’ve spent nearly 20 years in this industry and worked for several different companies before I began to run my own. I’ve since purchased three pest control companies and have a staff of over 15 team members. I quickly picked up on the things which did or did not work, during those years spent working for others, . One of the common things I watched fail over and over was rat control and mouse control. I still observe this of other companies on a regular basis today and we receive calls frequently regarding this issue.
It isn’t that these other companies are unable to kill rats but to prevent them in the first place is an entirely different thing. That’s what our customers have to say when they have used other companies who failed at rat control before they found us. Yes, they killed rats but they didn’t eliminate them or stop them from continuing to infest.
An Inhospitable Environment Prevents Rats
Several factors must come together to make the environment around and in your home or business unhospitable to rats. You’re probably wondering just what kind of environment is unhospitable to rats, right? Well, that’s a good question because it certainly seems like they will live about anywhere!
Rat Control and the Basic Necessities for Infestations to Flourish
Anything which attracts or otherwise supplies shelter or vitality to pests is called “conducive conditions”, a term with which we pest control professionals are well acquainted. To put it in the simplest language it means, “things which make pest problems possible”. There are three main categories of “conducive conditions”, and these are also known as the three things all pests require to survive and populate:
From a broad perspective, you can clearly understand these three categories and why they are necessary not only for pest populations to flourish but to exist at all. However, I want to hone in on specific conducive conditions within these three main categories to broaden our understanding of why we have pest problems at all. More specifically we will address rats and why it is important to implement good control BEFORE there is an infestation.
Rat gnaw marks we discovered on crawlspace vent during rodent control inspection. Rodents use chewed holes like this one to gain access to structures.