Critter Control

 
231.947.2400

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Professional Rat Control & Removal Services in Florida. 

Call the professionals at your local Critter Control office;

In Tampa Florida call 813-948-0870
In Orlando Florida call 407-295-7194
Nationwide Call: 1-800-CRITTER

We can help. We will quickly and affordably eliminate your rat problems. We provide rat removal service in the Greater Tampa area including: Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Rat removal services in Orlando include Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Polk Counties.

Critter Control of Greater Tampa  and Critter Control of Orlando rat removal and pest control technicians are properly trained in how to control and remove rats and eliminate rat problems using a variety of rat control techniques. These rat removal techniques include improving sanitation for the affected location, eliminating hiding places and the exclusion of rats. 

Here in Florida, the roof rat is common and more at home in warm climates, and apparently less adaptable, than the Norway rat, which is why it has not spread throughout the country. Its worldwide geographic distribution suggests that it is much more suited to tropical and semitropical climates. In rare instances, isolated populations are found in areas not within their normal distribution range in the United States. Most of the states in the US interior are free of roof rats, but isolated infestations, probably stemming from infested cargo shipments, can occur.

ROOF RAT HABITS & BEHAVIORS

Rats rely more on their keen senses of smell, taste, touch and hearing than on vision. They are considered to be color-blind, responding only to the degree of lightness and darkness of color. They use their keen sense of smell to locate and select food items, identify territories and travel routes, and recognize other rats, especially those of the opposite sex. Taste perception of rats is good; once rats locate food, the taste will determine their food preferences.

Touch is an important sense in rats. The long, sensitive whiskers (vibrissae) near their nose and the guard hairs on their body are used as tactile sensors. The whiskers and guard hairs enable the animals to travel adjacent to walls in the dark and in burrows. Their keen sense of hearing also aids in their ability to detect and escape danger.

ROOF RAT DAMAGE & ROOF RAT PROBLEMS

In residences where rats may be living in the attic and feeding outdoors, the damage may be restricted to tearing up insulation for nesting or gnawing electrical wiring. Sometimes rats get into the kitchen area and feed on stored foods. If living under a refrigerator or freezer, they may disable the unit by gnawing the electrical wires.

In landscaped yards they often live in overgrown shrubbery or vines, feeding on ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Snails are a favorite food, but don’t expect roof rats to eliminate a garden snail problem. In some situations, pet food and poorly managed garbage may represent a major food resource.

There is less tendency to see droppings, urine, or tracks on the floor in buildings because rats may live overhead between floors, above false ceilings, or in utility spaces, and venture down to feed or obtain food.

WHY SHOULD A CRITTER CONTROL PROFESSIONAL ROOF RAT EXPERT HANDLE ROOF RAT PROBLEMS & INFESTATIONS?

Like the Norway rat, the roof rat is implicated in the transmission of a number of diseases to humans, including murine typhus, leptospirosis, salmonellosis (food poisoning), rat-bite fever, and plague. It is also capable of transmitting a number of diseases to domestic animals and is suspected in the transference of ectoparasites from one place to another.
 

Critter Control establishes the standards for excellence in the animal pest control industry and upholds those standards with a professional staff of biologists, zoologists, certified wildlife specialists, animal control officers and anti-cruelty personal.

   National Pest Management Association

   National Wildlife Control Operators Association

Angies Award Winner

 


About Critter Control
Founded in 1982, Critter Control is the nation's leading wildlife and animal damage control company serving municipalities and residential and commercial customers.  Critter Control is a member of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), National Wildlife Control Operators Association, (NWCOA), the International Franchise Association (IFA) and a proud member of the International Franchise Association's Vet Fran program.  With corporate offices located in Traverse City, Michigan, the rapidly expanding company currently has 120 franchise locations in the United States and Canada.  Critter Control has developed integrated and ecologically sound management practices to resolve wildlife conflicts and practices.