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.
The discovery of burrows at the property indicated a severe rat infestation. Four issues arose:
- The AC unit sat directly on dirt. This made it possible for rats to burrow up underneath, attracted by the machine’s warmth.
- The property’s front garden had been sown with tomatoes, peppers and flowers — a food source for rats
- A crawl space underneath the front porch, located next to the garden, would make a fine home for rats
- 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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