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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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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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

Clifford removing dead rats

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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