Rat Inspection at a Residential Property in Northwest Washington DC

This video shows how we inspect for rat infestation, in this case at a residential property in Northwest Washington DC.

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Inspection and Finding

A thorough inspection uncovered two main entry points through which rats might invade the property. Two key findings helped us identify the problem and the solution.

  • Finding #1
    Brown spots around an unsealed wooden basement door led us to the conclusion that this was the rodents’ entry point.
  • Finding #2
    We also found a big opening through the access point where pipework entered the building. More brown spots on pipework covers revealed large scale rat activity. Rats had also chewed larger openings making it even easier for them to gain access.



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Solution and Suggestion

This was a heavy infestation. The speediest response possible was necessary. Our proposed solution was to use soft bait to decrease the rat population. This is in contrast to the use of sticky plates and traps which some rats are smart enough to avoid. We also proposed the sealing of the basement door and pipeline openings. In accordance with our standard terms of trading, a 90 day warranty would be given to customers after last treatment.

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Crazy Sewer Rat Infestation in Storage Area of Alexandria Virginia House

A customer in Alexandria, Virginia contacted us about a rat infestation in the storage area of their home. Another company had been working on the issue for three weeks, yet the infestation had remained serious.

Solution and Suggestion

Droppings and activity marks strongly suggested a sewer rat infestation. Rats had pulled down packaging, using these materials for nesting. Simply continuing with the laying of bait is not a solution in such situations. We recommended the customer raise the concrete layer preventing rats from digging new holes through the soft foundation and further invading the home.

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We provided the customer with an integrated treatment plan including baiting and reconstruction. After several weeks baiting, a contractor would need to be hired to seal the openings and level up the bottom with solid concrete. Executed together as an integrated plan the customer’s worries should be over.

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Mice Nesting in the Couch in Northeast DC House

A customer in Northeast Washington DC reported mice nesting in a couch. A pest control company had attended in the past but the problem kept recurring. So they called us for a second opinion.

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Inspection

Two mice carcasses fell out of the sofa on first inspection. A deeper inspection revealed a mouse nest inside the couch. Simply treating the couch would not be enough — a permanent solution involved tracking their entry points to the house and sealing them.

We identified three main reasons for the recurring nature of this customer’s mice problem:

  • Readily available nesting material inside the couch
  • Bottom gaps on French doors offered mice easy access
  • Unsealed gap around the outlet offered a further entry point

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Suggestion and treatment

We treated the infested couch and closed the gap between outlet and wall. We suggested the customer buy a cap to cover the gaps in the French door — if gaps remained the problem would simply recur.

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Rats Nesting in Yard of a Northwest Washington DC Home

The discovery of rats started when the tenant of one customer in Northwest Washington DC reported hearing noises in a basement ceiling. The video shows how we identified the problem and makes suggestions for prevention.

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Inspection

The discovery of burrows at the property indicated a severe rat infestation. Four issues arose:

  1. The AC unit sat directly on dirt. This made it possible for rats to burrow up underneath, attracted by the machine’s warmth.
  2. The property’s front garden had been sown with tomatoes, peppers and flowers — a food source for rats
  3. A crawl space underneath the front porch, located next to the garden, would make a fine home for rats
  4. The property ‘s untidy back yard was strewn with construction materials, providing a beach head from where rats could invade the house

Prevention and Recommendation

The best solution was to eliminate the source of the problem. Our main recommendation for achieving this objective was the complete removal of the front garden followed by a deep clean of the area to remove the mess.

As an alternative we suggested a maintenance plan, to include the setting of bait and monthly inspections.

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Mosquito Inspection in a Washington DC Fashion Store

A customer reported mosquitoes biting his customers and tenants at his Washington DC fashion store.

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Inspection

We located several sources:

  • The restroom drain, which had mosquito larvae inside
  • A wet drain area suitable for nesting
  • A wet sink area in the cleaning room

Mosquitoes from all three sources bred, hatched and invaded the shopping area, attracted by light from the back.

Treatment

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We treated all problem areas including the shopping area. After a couple of treatments, the customer’s problem had been identified and solved and shoppers could spend their money in peace.

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Bird Feeder Brings Rodent Issue to an Arlington Virginia House

Inspection

During one inspection of a home with a potential rodent problem, Clifford grew concerned about an empty bird feeder. Birds fed on seeds which had fallen to the ground but these would have been equally attractive to mice, rats or squirrels. So readily attainable a source of food to a rodent would encourage nest building in the vicinity. And it would not be long before they invaded your home.

Suggestion

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Clifford did give the customer two options, first one was keeping the feeder, we would put the bait station under it and to reduce the rodent population. But it was not a way to get rid of the problem and for the squirrel we were not accepted to use bait regarding the law. Customer would need extra money every month in prevention if they would keep the feeder. The second one was remove the bird feeder with related treatments, in this way, we could solve the problem from the source.

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Mud Dauber Nest Removal and Treatment in Northwest Washington DC

When mud dauber flying around your balcony, it would be stressed to enjoy the outside scene. One customer in Northwest Washington DC did have a mud dauber problem and found us to conduct extermination.

Inspection

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We arrived on the scene on the same day that we took the customer’s call and immediately discovered two mud nests in the customer’s balcony.

The nests were well constructed — clearly wasp larvae were alive and thriving inside. Breaking the nest confirmed our suspicions. Natural wasps sting these insects and feed them to their young. They had to be removed to avoid the population increasing to dangerous levels.

Removal and Treatment

We removed the mud nests and cleaned up the affected area. We then sprayed the balcony to create a chemical barrier impenetrable to mud daubers, greatly reducing the chances of re-infestation.

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Solving a Spider Problem in the Basement

Inspection

We could see the problem immediately: Spiders. The female spider was crawling on the web, egg sacs all around her. Carcasses of insects could be seen underneath; the remnants of earlier feeding.

Treatment ans Suggestions

We could have removed the web and told the customer the job was done. Far better however, to help the customer identify the source of the problem. Which we did. It’s the only way to provide a permanent solution.

Checks revealed sufficient humidity and dim crawl space to sustain insect activity. We recommended that the customer fix the moisture problem in order to reduce the risk of future insect infestation.

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Mice Inspection in Shed of Northwest Washington DC House

One of our customers in Northwest Washington DC reported signs that mice had moved into his shed. This was a newly purchased home and the customer wasn’t too crazy about sharing it with these unwelcome visitors.

Inspection

Clifford’s attention was drawn to a fake wooden door. Whole board wood had been used to replace the former used door, but the contractors were careless: they left the four corners unsealed, providing easy access for vermin.

Dirt and droppings in the area confirmed Clifford’s suspicions. Grass seed inside the shed provided a friendly environment for nesting. These mice had been there for a long time before their antics caught the customer’s attention.

Extermination

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This was a two-stage extermination. First we removed the grass seeds on which the mice fed. We then used bait and tracking powder to exterminate them. After treatment, we returned to seal the entry points from inside and outside.

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American Cockroaches Infestation in Kitchen Area of NW DC Home

A customer in Northwest Washington DC reported seeing big roaches in her kitchen — a clear food hygiene concern.

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American Cockroaches Inspection

We identified the infiltrators as American Cockroaches. Closer inspection revealed a hole near the outlet leading to the plumbing area. This would surely provide a freeway through which these pests might invade the house.

Also, at the foot of the dry wall, water rotting was detected — a condition attractive to roaches. The customer themselves set traps but failed to address the underlying issue of water ingress which was the real source of the problem.

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American Cockroaches Extermination

  • We placed granular bait in the crawl space. This is a stomach poison which can be passed around a whole colony.
  • We cleaned up the infested area and sprayed the baseboards of the floor to create a chemical barrier.
  • We sealed all entry points and the cracks between the floor and drywall.
  • We recommended that the customer hire a contractor to fix the root cause of the infestation — the water leak.

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