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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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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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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Rats and American Cockroaches Treatment and Exclusion Job in Northeast Washington DC

Rats and cockroaches are the last visitors you want in your home. They eat your food. They spread disease. They multiply rapidly. And they thrive anywhere in your home. Once they start feeling at home, they are extremely difficult to get rid of.

On June 9, 2015, after some DIY efforts, Jeremiah from Northeast Washington DC called us about his finding of rats and cockroaches in the kitchen of his home.

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BioTech Free Inspection

Clifford in kitchen crawl space

We showed up for the free BioTech inspection. During the process, we noticed that the entry point for the rats and cockroaches is the crawl space under the kitchen stove. The crawl space was extremely small and hard to access. It was damp because of a pipe leak. And the moisture was trapped down there due to lack of ventilation. That made it an ideal environment for the rats and American cockroaches to thrive.

We also found cracks in foundations on the side of the wall leading to the neighbor’s house, through which rats were getting in.

We informed Jeremiah of our findings, including problems that the customer might have not noticed.

Note: We always make recommendations to help prevent future infestations.

Eradication and Exclusion Process

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We set up granular bait in the crawl space to kill the cockroaches, and soft baits for rats. Note: We use eco-friendly products that are pest specific. And we use tamper-proof stations so children and pets are safe during the process.

We came back in five days and removed six dead rats. Cockroaches were exterminated as well. We recommended the customer to fix the damp problem caused by the leaking pipes and allow venting to alleviate the problem. Another job well done!

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