DIY Solutions For Rat Infestations
Preventative pest control has captured the attention of many Chicagoans facing rat infestations with no sign of relief.
The first measure to take when employing self-service pest control relies on a deep inspection of the building and perimeter.
Starks Pest Control offers free estimates that include such inspection, but many homeowners and property managers are encouraged to do so on their own as well.
Once conducting a deep inspection, the location of the rat infestation will become apparent, giving prime locations for bait and traps to be placed.
Because Chicago rats have high awareness of their environments, traps and baits will likely go untouched for the first following days, as the rats become trusting of the new elements.
Many rodent problems can be resolved through preventative pest control and self-service measures done by individuals open to taking a DIY approach to their rat infestation, or vulnerability to an issue.
Any rat problems that are not resolved through these methods require a professional assessment, which we will be happy to do free of charge.
Leaving Rat Infestations Unchecked Can Be Deadly
A festering rodent infestation can result in the spread of several diseases and conditions that may lead to severe illness and even death in extreme cases.
The bubonic plague has the reputation for being the most catastrophic rat-borne disease i recorded history.
This disease occurs through fleas from rodents biting human beings.
In the Middle Ages, these fleas were considered the source of the bubonic plague that killed millions of human beings.
Rat urine has proven to be the main contributing factor in the development of leptospirosis in humans.
Leptospirosis results in liver and kidney damage and can also be transmitted through exposure to rodent droppings.
Renal failure and liver failure are extreme complications to Leptospirosis, as well as heart problems.
Rats are also a major source of allergens which will also wreak havoc on humans, causing sometimes severe allergic reactions to occur.
Common Diseases Caused By Rodents
- Colorado Tick Fever
- Bubonic Plague
- Rat-bite Fever
- Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
Alternative Rat Repellents
People who are currently in the throws of a rodent infestation or are seeking to apply preventative pest control measures are always looking for alternative methods.
Many look for instructions on creating homemade rat repellent while others may be motivated by finding a humane solution to their rat problem.
Some suffering from rodent issues have found sounds sometimes repel Chicago rats when applied correctly.
Ultrasonic devices have been found to successfully repel rats by producing a high frequency sound that aggravates rodents.
These ultrasonic sound devices cannot transmit into other rooms through walls or even through furniture, which creates the need for additional devices.
While ultrasonic devices are non-poisonous, making these devices ideal for pet owners or parents of small children, their results can sometimes be inconsistent, with varying reports of success and failure.
Mothballs have been commonly thought to repel rodents due to containing naphthalene, which carries a very strong pungent smell.
Naphthalene found in mothballs are in such low levels that though it deters flying insects easily, it will have little to no effect on repelling Chicago rats.
Many people who apply natural remedies in their personal life turn to peppermint oil as a possible rat repellent, but this too has little success in preventative rodent control.
Practitioners assume this would be a good solution to remedy a rodent infestation because mice and rats both have high sensitivity to smells.
Chicago rats have been recently combated with the use of dry ice as a repellent.
The increased complaints that Chicago has amassed since 2016 led city hall leaders to study alternative rat control measures, which were then green lit by the federal government.
The dry ice method essentially puts rodents to sleep before dying, which has been found to be a more effective measure of extermination.
City crews put the dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) into Chicago rats nests and then seal the holes.
Once the dry ice warms, it transforms into gas which will then suffocate the rats.
This methods allows rodents to wither in their nests, away from citizens.
When To Call Starks Pest Control Chicago
With over a decade in an array of pest control solutions and prevention, the professionals at Starks Pest Control are a phone call away, with a free estimate.
Licensed and bonded to perform their exceptional services, Starks also guarantees all work, regardless of scope.
If you or someone you know have been experiencing Chicago rat problems in the area, Starks Pest Control will conduct a free estimate and walk the client through their planned course of action to eradicate their rat infestation.
Don't be a statistic in Chicagoland's growing rat epidemic, with the winter months approaching, a call to Starks will ensure your home doesn't find several new rodent tenants.