Rat Pest Control

How we treat:

We’ll use our expert knowledge of rat biology to effectively and safely prevent and protect your home like it was our own. See how.

Free pest inspection. Same day service.

Getting rid of rats is as easy as 1, 2 and 3

We use visual inspection along with tracking powders or UV tracking dust to spot high activity areas and entry points.
We then create a targeted treatment plan often including strategically placed bait stations and exclusion measures like sealing entry points and removing food sources.
Regular monitoring and traps may be employed to ensure ongoing effectiveness of the treatment.
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Excel’s proven process

Our proven approach to delivering a pest-free, worry-free environment. Guaranteed.
We’ll inspect your home inside and out, and top to bottom to spot current and potential pest problems.
We’ll assess and correctly identify any active pests. Pest species and biology is considered to choose the right treatment option.
We’ve identified your pests, now we’ll treat them using safe and effective treatment methods with only EPA registered products.
Report Back
We’ll provide service reports via email letting you know who was there, what they did, and what happens next.
Monitor and Maintain
We’ll prevent pests from returning with our ‘set it and forget it’ maintenance plan. Keeping you one step ahead of mother nature.
Feel Excel-lent
You’ll feel great and rest easy knowing your home, family and pets are in good hands.

Your neighbors love us.
Pests, not so much.

“I’m definitely as environmentally conscious as I can be…a lot of these companies come out and they say, we’re the professionals, we’ll take care of it. You just cut us a check and don’t worry about the details. The fact that you explain the details matters a lot.”

— Residential customer

“I did talk to a number of pest control companies, and when I considered the value of their being willing to come out anytime I have a problem I went with them. That freedom to just call is very valuable to me.”

— Residential customer
Quick reference

Frequently asked questions

What do rats look like and why are they concerning?
Rats are medium-sized rodents that resemble large mice. They have a pointed snout and a scaly tail. Three of the most commonly encountered rat species are cotton rats, roof rats, and Norway rats. Cotton rats usually have gray hair speckled with some black hairs, and their bellies are light in color. Their head and bodies can be between 13.3 and 21.3 cm in length, and their tails can be between 7.6 and 16.5 cm in length. Roof rats are black or brown. They can grow to be over 40 cm long, and their tails are longer than their bodies. Norway rats are larger and their fur is brown or gray. Their bodies alone can grow up to 40 cm long and their tails, which are shorter than their bodies, can be up to 21 cm long. Rats can cause a lot of damage indoors and are considered unsanitary due to their tendency to transmit bacteria and harmful diseases.
Where do rats live?
A rat’s habitat will depend on its species. Cotton rats like areas with heavy vegetative cover, so they will live in places like grassy fields, ditches, brush, gardens, barns, cabins, and sheds. Roof rats prefer high places, and will live in attics, rafters, roofs, trees, and other elevated spaces. Norway rats thrive near human environments, so they tend to live in places like attics, basements, crawl spaces, wood piles, and even sewers.
Why do I have a rat problem?
Rats can enter homes and businesses in countless ways. Small entry holes or unsealed spaces, like those around doors and vents, are the easiest way for a rat to get in. They can enter through any gaps that are ½ of an inch or larger, and they will chew new holes if they cannot find any big enough. Rats can gnaw through practically anything, including drain pipes. They will also use power lines and tree branches to climb onto roofs and enter through gaps in shingles. Rats usually enter homes in search of food and shelter. Leaving out food scraps and pet food can attract rats.
When are rats active?
Rats entering a home or business can be an issue at any point throughout the year, as they breed almost non-stop during warmer months. Rodent season, however, is a particularly problematic time. Rodent season is when rats and other rodents stop breeding and start looking for a place to spend the winter. It starts with the arrival of cooler weather, which can be anywhere from August to late October. Rats will be looking for food and a warm place to build their winter nest, both of which can be provided by houses. For the most part, rats will venture back outdoors once warm weather arrives, which can happen anywhere from March to May. However, some rats will stay in homes year-round. Rats are typically most active at night when humans are asleep or gone.
What’s the best way to prevent a rat infestation?
Rats can fit through a space as small as ½ of an inch, so it is important to seal any possible entryways that are that side or larger. This includes caulking gaps around windows and doors, fixing cracks in foundations, and replacing loose or missing roof shingles. Chimneys and vents should have tight fitting covers. Rats are attracted to food sources, so all pantry food and pet food should be stored in airtight containers, and kitchens and dining areas should be kept clean. Garbage should be kept in bins with tight fitting or locking lids. It is a good idea to keep trees and bushes trimmed and away from the immediate exterior of buildings. Limiting clutter in areas like attics and basements can minimize the amount of places rats can hide. A few rats can become a large infestation quickly, so if you are trying to get rid of rats in your home call EXCEL Termite and Pest Control and ask for our rat removal services today.

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Partnering with us means we’ve got you covered all year long – with free return service visits, anytime. If you need us, call us. We’ll be there. It’s one more way you can Excel and exhale.
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