Virginia Rat Removal Techniques

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides rodent control, rat removal and rat control from structures in Virginia.

Rat exclusion (Repairs), rat trapping, and baiting the exterior of the structure with rodenticides are key to effective rat removal.  Knowing their biological habits, performing the necessary repairs, rodenticides, and the use of traps will solve most rat problems.  When ideal habitat, water, and food for rats are within your property or structure, full exclusion services are recommended to prevent and or eliminate new rats from trying to enter your residential or commercial structure.

There are many different ways to get rid of rats, but if you are looking for a professional, permanent solution to your rat problem, with a written guarantee and warranted for a one year minimum, you have found one of the only companies in Virginia that can provide you with this and back it up.  

Your Wildlife Professional will inspect every square foot of the exterior of your home or business looking for current and potential rat entry points. When they find these current and potential entry points they will seal them with 35 – 50 year sealant that is backed with a permanent rat proof material, install rigid screens, or chimney caps and covers. If you just repair the current entry points without sealing the potential penetration points, a different family of rats will just move to those potential entry points.

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Rats create offensive odors and viruses due to their urine and droppings and disrupt your sleep with their gnawing. Rat removal is one of our specialties.  We have helped restore peace of mind to over a thousand of residential and commercial customers over the last 18 years.  Rat removal is a technical process that requires professional experience.  Do not risk people’s health or yours to anybody.  You can trust our trained professional staff to solve any rat problem you may have, guaranteed and warranted for a minimum of one year!   

Your Rat Service Agreement will describe and identify, in written and/or graphed format, all of the inspected areas of the structure, current and potential rat entry points, contaminations, a description of the warranty, its limitations, and its time period, and a price to remove the rats from the structure. 

In addition to the service agreement we may also take photos to document the inspected areas of your structure with current and/or potential rat entry points and contaminations as evidence/proof to you of the issues associated with the rats and to protect Your Rat Professional from any potential liabilities. 

Your rat service agreement will also contain a description of the warranty, its limitations, and its time period.  The warranty will not start until the final repairs on your structure or 100% eviction is confirmed by Your Rat Professional and you.  It is limited to a family of rats entering the interior of your structure.  The warranty time period will not be less than one year and will not exceed the manufacturer’s minimum service life of any exclusion material we use on your structure.  Prior to your warranty expiring, we will send you a renewal notice letting you know your rat warranty is getting ready to expire.  Upon the renewal payment, as stated on your rat service agreement, we will return to you structure for reinspection. 

Your rat service agreement will contain a price to exclude and remove the rats from your structure. The price reflects the Your Rat Professional’s ability and experience to perform rat removal services based upon industry standards, material costs, labor, and profit.

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What happens after the rats are removed from your structure?

Rat Exclusion is a technique where all the current and potential mouse entry points stated in your rat service agreement, are made uninhabitable or impervious to a rat by the use/application/installation of exclusion materials by Your Rat Professional.

Rat Exclusion materials are rat proof building materials or components that may be used/applied/installed/dispensed, but are not limited to, caulk, adhesives, or sealants, backer rod, chinking, foam, wire mesh, metal flashing or coil stock, chimney caps, or any other rat proof building construction materials that will prevent rats from entering your structure once the rat repairs have been completed

Rat Exclusion materials will be applied to all current and potential rat entry points that lead into the interior of your structure from the exterior of your structure. Rat entry points are any area typically 18" below grade of your structure and any areas that may emit air draft from your structure that are greater than or equal to 1 inche round or 1 inche wide and 1 inche long regardless of its orientation.  

How Your Rat Professional removes rats from your structure.

Rat removal is a process of removing rats from a residential or commercial property by the use of traps, rodenticides, and exclusion materials.
Professional grade single door or snap traps are commonly used.  Live single door cage traps are anchored on the building near their holes or on the ground.  Snap traps are typically set in the attic.  Once the rats are trapped, we rwill repair all of the current and potential entry points so that it will not happen again.

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides rodent control, rat pest control, rat removal, rat removal, rat control, can get rid of rats, get rid of rats in attic, get rid of rats in yard, and rat infestations in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia.

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Rats In The Yard

Rats In Floor Of A House

Rat In A Live Trap

Virginia Rat Damaged & Damage Areas

If Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. can help prevent rat damage by providing rat removal or get rid of rats in your home or business in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, we are here to help you.

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Gable vent damage.

Cedar wood damage.

Virginia Rat Identification

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provides rat identification in Virginia.  If you need rat description, rat body size, rat average adult length, rat average adult weight, weight of rat at birth, rat fur color, rat tracks, rat scat or poop, or rat voice & sounds in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is available to solve your rat problem.

Body Size:

Ave. Length (Adult):  11” – 19” long. (Tail Included.)

Tail:  4 1/2” - 8 1/2” long.

Ave. Weight (Adult):  6 oz. – 30 oz.

Young at Birth:  Blind, hairless, 1/5 oz., and 2” long.

14 - 17 Days:  Eyes open.  3 Weeks:  On their own.

Voice and Sounds: 

Load squeals, sharp screams, and high squeaks.

Scat:          

½” – ¾” long, ¼” in diameter and both ends rounded.

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Virginia Rat Reproduction

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. considers both the time of year rats breed, when rats are born, rat gestation period, the number of rats born, rat weaning period, and the average reproductive age of rats within their respective geographic region of Virginia prior to controlling rats in your home, landscape or yard in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, or Yorktown Virginia. 

Time of Year:  Continuous.  Up to 12 times.  More in spring and fall.

Gestation:  21 - 26 Days                                        

Number of Young:  Average 7 - 11

Weaning:  3 weeks.

Average Reproductive Age:  (Possible at 28 days.)  Normal 3 - 5 months.  

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Other Information About Rats In Virginia

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. remove and control rats in residential and commercial structures in Virginia.  It is not always important to know everything about rats, but often clients need to know other information about rats in Virginia.  Below is some additional information about rats, such as rat habitat, where do rats live, home range of a rat, rat food, rat habits, average life span of a rat, and rat health concerns that you may want to know.  If you live in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, or Yorktown Virginia and would like to know more about rats, please give us a call.

Habitat: 

Mostly on ground floors of buildings, in tunnels under structures, sewers, around trash heaps, wall voids, attics, and crawl spaces.

Home: 

The main entrance to the  burrow is usually about 2 - 3 inches in diameter and can be found under a well hidden stump, log pile, or rocks.  The burrow system can be very extensive with several evident side entrances.  These burrows can extend out to six feet and lead to one or more chambers that are about six inches in diameter.  The nest in the below ground chamber or in a structure is made out of shredded grass, leaves, paper, insulation, or anything else that might be available.

Home Range: 

100 - 200 feet from den.   Shifts with food abundance.

Food: 

Rats will feed on both dead and living materials.  They will consume a 1/3 of their body weight in a day and are very wasteful with their food.  Grains, green vegetation, fruits, garbage, eggs, and pet foods are their primary diet.  They are also known to kill and eat small live stock, rattlesnakes, and wild birds.

Habits: 

They are active throughout the day & night. 

Average Life Span: 

Up to 3 years, average is 1 year.

Health Concerns

Mites, ticks, lice, fleas, tapeworms, and roundworms parasitize rats.

Ticks on rats can transfer infectious  diseases such as Babesiosis,  Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia, Mycoplasma, and Bartonella to humans.

The droppings, urine, saliva, and blood of infected rats can have virus particles.  Breathing the dust that has come into contact with their droppings has been linked to the deadly hantavirus.

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Virginia Dead Rat Removal

​​​​Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provide dead rat removal services in Virginia. If you have a dead rat on or in your property or need to get rid of a dead rat in Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia, Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is available to remove the dead rat from your property.

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Virginia Rats (Rattus norvegicus) Order Rodentia Removal & Control

Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. provide rodent control, rat removal, rat control, and rat pest control in Virginia. 

Rats can adapt to human environments easily and usually by choice.  Rats adapt easily due to the abundance of food and shelter.  Humans provide food sources such as bird feeders, rat feeders, and dog or cat food bowls that are replenished regularly.  Urban landscapes provide attractive nuts, buds, and fruits from trees that rats will favor.  Once a rat has found a prevalent food source it will look for a nesting site that is relatively close to that food source.  In most instances, structures around your home or in your home become the nesting site. A rat will look for an area outside or on your home that poses the least resistance.  Rotten stumps, debris piles, concrete slabs, driveways, and stone walls are a few locations for their outside dens.  Gable vents, attic fans, foundation vents, or rotten wood behind your gutter or in your soffit are a few locations on your home that they will gain access for a nesting site.  As the rat population grows around or in  your home, so will the damage.  Extensive burrows under concrete slabs, driveways, and stone walls will cause costly repairs due to settling from these structures.  Chewed electrical wires create the risk of fire and odor issues from their droppings and urine can create a biohazard.  As long as we continue to urbanize, and provide an abundance of food to the rats, they will continue to adapt to human environments and pose a threat to homes and human health.

If you are rat infested and need rat control, rat removal, to get rid of rats in attic, or to get rid of a rat infestation in the counties, cities and towns of Alexandria, Arlington, Bedford, Blacksburg, Bristol, Charlottesville, Covington, Chesapeake, Danville, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Hampton, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Loudon, Manassas, Martinsville, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Wytheville, and Yorktown Virginia. Your Wildlife Professionals, Inc. is here to help you.  Please Contact Us to help solve your rat problem. 

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Southern & Southwest Virginia

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, LLC
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologists on Staff
Roanoke, Bedford, Blacksburg, Covington, Radford, Smith Mountain Lake Areas
540-776-1769
Martinsville, Danville, Lynchburg Areas
434-234-4445
Bristol, Marion, Wytheville Areas
276-200-0074

Central & Northern Virginia

Blue Ridge Wildlife & Fisheries Management, LLC
Wildlife & Fisheries Biologist on Staff
Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro Areas
540-520-0474
Charlottesville
434-422-4024
Richmond
804-210-3091
Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Loudon, Manassas, Winchester, Washington D.C. Areas
571-308-6701

Eastern Tidewater Virginia

Cornwell's Wildlife Control, LLC
Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Sufolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Yorktown Areas
757-238-2439
 

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