Rat Control And Removal

Rats are a common pest for both homes and businesses. But, due to their size, are much more destructive and aggressive than mice. A common treatment for rats is poison, but this is neither effective nor a permanent solution. We here at Magic Touch Extermination and Wildlife Control guarantee that we will rid you of your problem permanently by checking every hole, crack, or possible entry point for rats to get in through. We will inspect every part of your house, and seal off every entrance to the home. If you need your rat infestation permanently addressed and live in New York City or the Long Island area, call Magic Touch Extermination and Wildlife Control today!


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Why You Should Remove Rats

Rats are not only a nuisance, but they’re a costly and dangerous issue. They chew through wires, creating the potential for fire, and make their homes inside your walls. They chew anything near them, using what they find for their nests. Furthermore, rats can carry a wide range of illnesses with them. Rats can carry a wide range of diseases, including Leptospirosis, Lassa Fever, Salmonella, Rat-Bite Fever, and the Plague. Rats can cause damage that costs hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to repair. Furthermore, rats are much more aggressive than mice. If backed into a corner, a rat is almost certainly going to lash out. This can be dangerous for pets and small children who find themselves in that unfortunate position.

How We Handle The Problem

The solution begins during the inspection, in which we will trace out every inch of the house and determine where the rats are entering and exiting. Once we figure this out, we place traps to ensure that every rat is killed in a quick and humane way. Poisons are not effective at killing all the rats and create a long and inhumane death for the rats. Once we ensure that all the rats are gone, we go about filling every crack and hole in the house with non-chewable steel to make sure that the rats have no way of getting back into the house. We make sure that every hole is filled, for rats will return if any are not filled.

Why Poison Doesn’t Work

Poison is a trick employed by pest control companies to keep you calling them. Even if most rats are killed, just a few rats are needed to begin the problem again. Furthermore, by not filling in the holes, rats will simply wander back into your house. Poison isn’t a humane method of extermination, either. In fact, it creates a lot of pain for the rats. We at Magic Touch Extermination and Animal Control ensure that all the methods used are humane and quick. Poison also leaves dead rats inside your walls and, when the bodies begin to rot, will leave a foul odor in your house- a smell that’s unbearable. Our methods are not only humane but don’t leave the rats inside the walls of the house. To learn more about rat poison facts visit at www.ratpoisonfacts.org.  

Decontamination And Repair

Rats leave behind damage, droppings, and disease. We will clean the infested areas, repair the damage, and ensure that all signs of a rat infestation disappear with the rats. We want your home to be clean, tidy, and a place that doesn’t look infested. These are especially important for restaurants, hotels, and stores. By cleaning and repairing, we make your store or home look better than it did when we arrived. Along with a clean looking home or store, it will also be rat-free!

How To Humanely Get Rats Out of the Attic

Hearing scurrying and scratching in or around your house is never a good sign. You may not know exactly what is making the noise just yet and it could be any variety of animals, but most people hope it is anything but a rat infestation. Rats are not necessarily any more difficult to remove than other infestations, but the stigma around rats makes them want to be avoided at all costs.

Before we get into how to remove rats from an attic or other area, the first note about animal removal that must be made is that the most foolproof way to keep animals out of your space is by making your home as unattractive as possible. This means cleaning up after yourself, not leaving trash or other debris in your yard or around your house, and maintaining your home and repairing any decaying or damaged areas. Food and water sources are often the most attractive features of a home that provides them and it can be difficult to remember to keep those sources shut away. Be sure to seal trash cans and lids and make sure all sources of food within the house are securely stored and sealed when they are put away.

If you are hearing scurrying or scratching in your home, it may be too late to implement these, but it will be beneficial for you to implement them after the removal of the rats is complete. The first step when removing any sort of animal is confirming what type of animal is currently present and where it is specifically located. It will also be necessary to discover the entry and exit points that were used to enter and exit your home. Finding these weak spots or damaged areas is necessary both in the removal of the animals and the repair and prevention part of the process.

Magic Touch Exterminating and Wildlife Control can assist you in identifying what animal or what type of rat you have in your space and where they entered the home from. 

After this has been determined, it is time to begin the process of removal. Oftentimes, beginning with sealing up the entry/exit points is beneficial. Sealing up all of the holes or entry points except for one can be helpful for removal. Especially if you or wildlife control wants to attempt the use of a one-way trap door as part of humane removal. 

There are many ways to remove rats and a significant number of them are inhumane or cruel to the animals. Glue traps are one of these methods. Glue traps are simple to set up and do not sound inhumane, but the rats often will suffocate and die over a long period of time once they are trapped in the glue traps. Any type of trap or method that leaves rats alive, but suffering for a long period of time is not a humane way to remove them. Many poisons and other lethal methods of removal prolong the death and the animal substantially suffer. 

Live traps are used in scenarios where the homeowners or wildlife control do not want to kill the animal and also want to humanely remove them. If live traps are used, it is vital to periodically check them so that they do not become an inhumane form of removal. Leaving a rat to die from starvation or thirst in a live trap is not a humane form of removal. Using humane live traps is also an assurance that the space has become less attractive to animals and rat occurrences will be less frequent. If the rat leaves the space and is lured into a trap, it was likely because the space no longer served them after repairs or sanitation were completed.

If you currently have rodents living in your attic or another space in your home and you would like to speak with a professional about humane removal, you can give us at Magic Touch Exterminating and Wildlife Control a call for further information and guidance.

How to Keep Rats Out of My Garbage

Trash constitutes a serious problem for most homeowners, as it’s one of the main attraction points for many wild animals. Since trash often represents an easy source of food, it’s one of the first stops of wild animals like rats, raccoons, and so many others, on human property. Unfortunately, these wild animals can also cause you some serious problems, as they expose you to various diseases, and are quite likely to look for a nesting place (also on your property), and thus cause quite a bit of damage.

So what can you do to keep rats out of your garbage?

Remember, before you read the prevention methods below, that it never hurts to call a wildlife professional to inspect and assess the situation. Experts like Magic Touch Exterminating and Wildlife Control will identify the main cause of wild animal invasion, and fix that, while also advising you on future prevention techniques, and fixing any existing wild animal damage. So maybe consider giving them a call, to get rid of your rat problem quickly and efficiently. 

So with that being said, let’s talk a bit about how to keep rats out of your trash.

  1. Double up your trash bags.

A good starting point is to begin using heavier trash bags that are designed specifically to withstand a wild animal attack. Remember that rats are well-known for their clawing and chewing abilities, so it’s important to opt for the material that is harder to chew or claw through.

You’ll also want to get trash bags that can be sealed more securely so that they don’t come undone with some light prodding.

  1. Opt for trash cans that are difficult to open.

Although rats are smaller and tend to pose less of a problem in this regard than, say, raccoons, they may still find a way to open your trash, especially if there’s something inside calling out to them. So a good idea might be to use trash cans that are more securely sealed, and that won’t open, even if rattled or toppled over. This is also a great idea as it will secure your trash against other wild animal intruders, like raccoons.

  1. Regularly wash out your trash cans.

A big concern when it comes to the garbage disposal is that the liquid waste tends to seep through and contaminate the trash can itself. The accumulation of smells attracts rodents, and after that, it can become very difficult to get them off your property.

  1. Keep trash indoors overnight.

A good prevention method can be bringing your trash cans inside (in the garage, maybe) overnight, so as to make it difficult for wild animals to get at it. Alternatively, some homeowners build a special enclosure to protect their trash against wild animals, while not bringing it into the house. So that might also be a good idea. 

  1. You can try natural repellents.

Another option might be using ammonia, or other strong scents in or around your trash cans, to repel the rodents. Rats are less likely to bother you and your trash if they think it smells bad (ironically), so this could also go a long way in protecting your trash.

  1. Try a rat deterring machine.

Like many other wild animals, rats tend to favor nighttime, since it allows them to scuttle about with less chance of being seen and trapped. So you might consider investing in a motion-activated deterrent, which is basically a machine that lights up when it senses movement. This might scare the rats, and make them less interested in your property.

All in all, there are quite a few solutions to your rat problem – so do not despair!

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How to Remove Rats From The Car?

We form emotional attachments to our cars and often come to think of them as our second home. So it stands to reason that we’d be all the more insulted upon discovering a greasy rodent squatting inside our car. 

But the thing is, like us, rats love cars with a passion, though probably not for the same reasons. While we love a car for offering a smooth ride, and getting us from place to place, rats tend to be the exact opposite. They like a car that sits in place for weeks on end, especially in the cold months, when it provides shelter. Of course, they do like it when you take it for a drive from time to time, since that heats up the engine, and warms up their home.

Rats aren’t just an unpleasant car guest, but also a potentially dangerous one. Since rats are big on chewing things, it’s not uncommon for them to gnaw through the occasional wire under the hood of your car. Obviously, this is terrible news for you, since it vastly increases the risk of explosion or malfunction. So you want to get rid of rats as soon as possible.

What should you do?

  • Hire a professional wildlife removal company. 

The first and often best choice when dealing with intrusive wildlife is to simply hire a professional wildlife removal company. They are far better prepared and equipped to deal with wild animals on your property and know-how to do this safely and efficiently. 

We recommend hiring a professional to handle your rodent problem, particularly if your car has been in place for a long time, and you’ve discovered signs of a rodent infestation. Since there’s no way of knowing how long the rats have been in there, or how much damage they’ve caused, driving the car as such can be a considerable risk. So have it professionally inspected before you try.

  • Use strong scents.

Rodents, like many other wild animals, dislike strong scents, so making your car smell can be an excellent way to deter rats from nesting inside. Try things like peppermint oil, or black pepper, to ward off unwanted intruders. You might also see some success with tobacco leaves, or even mothballs or naphthalene balls.

Of course, the downside to this option is that the strong scent might make your life difficult, as well.

  • Use traps.

Whether you opt for live traps or traditional snap traps is totally up to you, but if you suspect a rat infestation, and are set on getting rid of them yourself, traps are probably your best option. Set the traps inside the car, and check on them regularly, to remove the rodents as swiftly as possible.

We wouldn’t recommend using poison, since it’s slow-acting (not to mention cruel), and the rat is bound to look for a safe place to die in, which may well be somewhere in the depths of your car. And a dead rat is not something you want in your car – it stinks, and it puts everyone in danger!

Prevent Rats in Your Car

  • Park your car inside a closed garage space;
  • Never leave your car parked for too long at any given time;
  • Avoid eating inside the car, to minimize the crumbs, and thus, the attraction to rats;
  • If you discover cracks or holes, do seal them with wire mesh, so as to prevent rodents from chewing or crawling through;
  • Don’t park near trash cans, or areas with a lot of garbage, since these are considered rat-haven, thanks to the abundance of leftovers.

General Information

Pricing of removal depends on the location and severity of the infestation. For a ball-park price estimate, call us today. A more specific price range will be given during the inspection. We always make sure you understand what we plan on doing and include you throughout the whole process. Any questions you have will be expertly and honestly answered by our professional staff. We ensure that you are comfortable with the plan before we begin.
There are two notable species of rats in the United States, the Black Rat, and the Norway Rat. The Norway Rat prefers to stay on the ground, whereas the Black Rat prefers trees, attics, and high-rise buildings. Rats are omnivores and will, therefore, eat pretty much anything you put in front of them. Rats will live anywhere that provides them proper shelter, mainly making their nests out of shredded materials from around the house. Rats will use anything for their nests with no preference for any particular material. Rats can spread disease through droppings, contaminating food, and biting or scratching. Rats will, again, destroy just about everything in their sight. From electric wires to outdoor gardens.

If you live in New York City or the Long Island area and need extermination or wildlife services, call Magic Touch Extermination and Wildlife Control today!

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