GET RID OF RATS IN THE ATTIC
Knowledge is the Key to Being Able to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic.
Learn what works get rid of rats in the attic - and why.
Mature Attic Rats / Roof Rats Get to be about 18 inches long.
Half of Attic Rats' / Roof Rats' Length is from the attic rats' / roof rats' heads to the beginning of the attic rats' tails. The Attic Rats' tails are as long as their bodies.
On my computer monitor an IMac 24 inch this pictured attic rats body is 9 inches from the attic rats pointed nose to the base of its tail and the tail is 9 inches long.
Attic Rats can get bigger! I have heard several people describe to me dead attic rats whose size was commonly stated as "This roof rat was the size of a small cat".
One hardware store owner who killed an attic rat in his store said "It was the grand-daddy of all roof rats. It was as big as a small cat and its ****s (pair of outer hanging male reproductive organs) were as big as peanut M&M's."
What is amazing to me personally is that attic rats / roof rats this size can get their entire body through a hole the size of a Quarter!
How can attic rats get through a hole that small?
Attic Rats' Skulls and the Attic Rats' Ribs.
If you noticed in the picture above an attic rats head is very pointed. The plates in the skulls of most mammals "fuse" together during infancy to form a hard non-plyable helmet for the brain. But - Attic Rats / Roof Rats can get through holes the size of a quarter because the plates in the roof rats skull do not get "fused" together but are instead Flexible and Compressible just as in a newborn mammal that needs to fit through the birth canal of its mother. If roof rats can get their head through then they will get the rest of their body through because the design of the rib cage of attic rats. In order to get rid of rats in the attic by "exclusion" methods then you have to get rid of all the cracks and holes above, under and around the house the size of a US quarter because if the attic rats can get their pointed rats' heads through - then the attic rats can also get their larger bodies through. How can the attic rats get through? Attic Rats' ribs are hinged at their spines. When a big old fat attic rats want to get into your attic the rats push their pointed heads through and then they wiggle their bodies through aided by the fact that the rats rib cage collapses and folds up sort of like an umbrella and the rats get through and into you attic. And if you have and older house or a crawl space or a basement or even worse a tile roof well the rats just find a hole or crack big enough - or -the attic rats will widen an existing hole by chewing - or - the attic rats will get in the attic by chewing a new hole - Even the fur of rats helps the rats you are trying to get rid of get into your attic.
How does attic rats' fur help the rats get into my attic?
Well the photo of roof rats below hold clues:
This is a temple in India where they worship attic rats / roof rats / black rats - go figure!
Each of the floor tiles you see in the picture above are about 12 inches square - notice that the attic rat to the right of the center bowl - the attic rats body is about 10 inches long and the rats tail stretches almost across the whitish tile making this attic rat about 20 inches in total length!
Now, See the black smudges along the base of the wall in the rear of the photo. See how dirty they look - these are classic attic rats' smudge marks. The attic rats can get through a hole the size of a quarter not only because the attic rats skulls can be compressed and not only that the attic rats rib cages can be compressed - but there is an added aid to the attic rats ability to get in where other pests cannot.
Attic Rats aka. Roof Rats get in because their fur is GREASY! - This is why a classic attic rats entrance sign is greasy smudge marks left by the rats.
Attic Rats leave smudge marks on rafters in an attic as they get around.
What makes an attic rats fur so greasy and attic rats fur leave these black marks?
Attic Rats scent mark each other - with their urine and feces. Attic rats greet each other by rubbing all over each other and urinating and defecating and then rubbing it into each others fur - combined with natural body oils - attic rats rarely get a bath - and WaaLaa! An attic rats calling card! Kilroy was here!
How I Was Able to Get Rid of Rats in My Own Attic:
I had a problem being able to get rid of rats in my attic for seven years in my Scottsdale Arizona home. The attic rats were running along the tops of the walls which they were able to get to through my attic. I tried everything to get rid of the attic rats in my walls and attic - nothing worked until:
I tried something in my attic to get rid of the rats most people have never heard of:
High Intensity Strobe Lights to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic For Good:
The flash last only 1/30th of a second and flashes 70-90 per minute.
The constant high intensity Flash! - Flash! - Flash! - Flash! Will Get Rid of Rats in the Attic!
I Now Produce High Intensity Pest Control Strobes, Designed to be Used All Over the World to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic, pictured above uses only 4.8 watts of electricity - about the same as the average night light. This strobe covers a maximum of 900 sq .ft. (30X30) of attic space/area. For a greater "shock and awe" type of effect to get rid of rats in the attic - 500 sq. ft. (25X25) of coverage gives the maximum effect on the attic rats.
My High Intensity Pest Control Strobes are now being used all over the USA, Australia, The United Kingdom, Canada, and the Philippines to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic. Even the US Army is using my strobes.
How it works to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic:
The ciliary muscle in the eye controls the expansion and contraction of the pupil. The usual adjustments made by this muscle in rats' eyes are small. In response to the strobes in a dark (naturally dark or becomes dark at night) environment this muscle in the attic rats' eyes has to make dramatic adjustments (140-180 times per minute). An ophthalmologist I spoke to, at a world-renowned clinic in Scottsdale AZ, likened it to this: Imagine you lift a ten pound dumbbell weight one time. Then imagine that you lifted the same weight 1,500 times in a ten minute period. Your arm would be hurting for days. The ophthalmologist said the strobes would have the same effect on attic rats (and other animal pests’) eyes. RESULT: I WAS FINALLY ABLE GET RID OF THE RATS IN THE ATTIC - FOR GOOD!.
Rodent Strobe High Intensity Get Rid of Rats in the Attic Pest Control Strobe Pictured in the Photo Above.
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"Kevin, I just wanted to let you know that the rodent strobes we purchased for our fire station have worked perfectly. We have a station located in the middle of the Everglades and had a severe rodent infestation problem which resulted in $10,000 dollars in damages. We installed the rodent strobes and have had no infestation since. Thanks for a great product!" (This testimony was emailed to Rodent Strobe Inc. 10 months after the strobes were installed.)
Alan McLaughlin CHS-III
Ochopee Fire Control District
Everglades City, Florida - Used to Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Rats in the Fire Station.
While on a Subject Related to Fires:
Approximately 15,000 Residential Fires in the USA alone are caused each year by rodents, such as Rats living in the walls and attic, chewing on wiring. A failure to get rid of rats in the attic could cost you your home - and even your life.
Do Not Let A Failure to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic:
Roof Rat / Attic Rat Gnawing on High Voltage Wiring
Become an Attic Fire Cause by Rats in the Attic:
Rodent Wiring Damage In An Attic:
The pest control tool that was used to get rid of this home's 10 year attic rodent problem was Rodent Strobe's get rid of rats in the attic pest control strobes.
Rodent Strobe™ Also Worked in the Attic for:
"We had a terrible experience with roof rats in our attic. We tried pest control companies, traps and poison and nothing worked. Finally, we heard about the Rodent Strobe pest control strobe lights. After installing them, the rats were gone within just a couple of days and have not been back - we kept the strobes on to keep the rats from coming back in. These strobes are the only thing that worked! I highly recommend them".
C.P. Phoenix, AZ
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic.
"My attic had a nest of the fury tailed rats living in it. They were chewing on the rafters, they were chewing on the wiring, they even tried to chew on the blades of the exhaust fans. I installed 3 Rodent Strobes and then after a few days I closed the entrance holes and I haven't heard them up there since". (This testimony was emailed to Rodent Strobe Inc. 7 months after the strobes were installed.)
D. S. Fort Collins, CO.
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic.
"No more traps! No more smells! No more Norway Rats! Dear Sir, Thanks to your innovative approach to rodent control I have been able to say good-bye to a problem we've had for years. A conventional-foundation home in a dense urban area I have learned is a natural gathering spot for our pesky friends. About the only good thing coming from this is the friendship I have developed with my Terminix man. Smelling "that Smell" and cleaning out the traps in my basement had become a nearly weekly ritual. No more! I knew there had to be a more effective solution. After visiting your website, I decided to give Rodent Strobe a try. Installation was a snap, and I have not had a problem in months. Now I only get to see my Terminix man for his regular quarterly visit, but we're both okay with that. I have told my friends and neighbors about your innovative approach to rodent and squirrel control. Best Regards -"
R.S. Memphis (Central Gardens), TN - Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Norway Rats in Basement
"I ordered some of your strobes on 4/15/09. (this email's date 6/1/09) I must say, I am SO delighted! I could hear the monster squirrels in my attic, chewing chewing, playing, Lord knows what. Every morning I awoke to the sounds of their party. Tried trapping, and yes, even poison too, before I knew it was illegal to poison. Anyhow, they never ate it, and I never caught a thing in my traps smeared with peanut butter. I even hired a guy to take care of it.....and still, the evil squirrels remained in complete control of my attic space. After 4 months of fighting the infestation, I was literally in tears and did not know what to do. I'm widowed, and couldn't afford thousands of $$$ in repair bills and pest control companies. I spoke with you, and ordered 3 lights. The day after I installed, the sound stopped. The next day after the sound stopped, I awoke to sound and activity over my bed (that was their spot, right over where I sleep!) and I thought "OH NO, the lights are not working!" However, after I listened for a few seconds, I realized it was a "different" sound than their normal sound. It was a very ANGRY sound. The squirrel, or squirrels making it were simply furious, the excessive chattering was very intense and angry. I did not hear so much scrambling and playing, as angry, angry chattering. It lasted for two days. After two days, I never heard another sound--they apparently gave up and left. I was delighted they were so angry, because they'd been making me angry for months!!! Oh, hallelujah!!!!! I never even bothered to call the handyman back to check again for holes (which the monsters had literally CHEWED into my house near the chimney to gain access!!!), just left the light flashing in my attic. I just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU for such a wonderful, useful product!! It's really saved my bacon!"
T. B. in Flower Mound, Texas.
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels in the Attic.
When Rodent Strobe asked T. B. in Flower Mound, Texas for permission to use this email on our testimonies page she responded on 8/27/09(4 months after the strobes were installed.):
"Kevin: By all means, yes, use the testimony. I am so delighted with this product, I tell everybody about it. It remains one of the best things I have ever bought. And the light still up there flashing away, not a squirrel, not a rat to be heard. One thing tho....when I got a lightning hit awhile back that fried my air conditioner unit, cable/internet, and phone lines, the HVAC guy and the insurance guy......and the cable guy.....and the phone guy....were all pretty freaked out when they went into my attic to assess the situation. Particularly the HVAC guy -- after I'd told him the lightning messed up my AC, and he opened the attic door to all this flashing when he went up there to check it. He jumped back and exclaimed 'WHAT IS THAT????" har de har har. Guess he thought it was the 220 volt cable that broke loose and dancing around, maybe. And I explained to him it was my squirrel chaser off-er, and he says skeptically "And that REALLY worked for you on the squirrels???", and I said 'YOU BETCHA, I wouldn't trade it for nuthin'!"
T.B. in Flower Mound, Texas.
This might be a good time to mention that Rodent Strobe's High Intensity Attic Rats Control Strobes have built-in surge protection.
"I have had problems with squirrels getting in my attic for about ten years. The noise they made bothered me and I hated the holes they made in my house. I called a nationwide pest control service and they gave me the name of a man who would come out and trap the squirrels. The man charged me $250.00. I hired him two different times but did not notice a difference. Then I had the strobe lights installed. They work. They ran the squirrels out". (This testimony was emailed to Rodent Strobe Inc. 10 months after the strobes were installed.)
A.M. Memphis, TN
Used Rodent Strobe to Get Rid of Squirrels (squirrels and rats are both rodents) in the Attic.
For seven years I had problems with roof rats / attic rats in my Scottsdale, Arizona home. I tried everything to get rid of the rats in the attic. We had our home sealed twice and set traps numerous times, but we still kept having problems with attic rats. We hired 3 or 4 pest control companies and they could not solve our problems. We had periods of no attic noise and no smell, but the attic rats would come back following previous generations’ urine scent trails (which can last for years). One day after a recent re-infestation we heard a rat in the attic above our living room. As I heard it near a ceiling light fixture the light started to flicker and made an electric buzzing sound. I realized the rodent was chewing on the wires in the attic and it dawned on me that “the smell” was not our biggest concern – A house fire, starting in our attic, was!
My efforts to get rid of the rats in the attic once and for all intensified. These efforts to get rid of the rats in my attic led me to strobe lights for pest control. After trying strobes from several different manufacturers, I found what I believe to be the best strobe lights manufactured to date-and solved my own pest problems by producing my Rodent Strobe™ High Intensity Pest Control Strobes.
After two years of research, patent searches and counsel, product development and testing, field research and lab experiments, consultations with pest control professionals including owners of pest control companies and leaders in the academic arena, I have developed a line of sturdy and long lasting pest control products which have been proven to work. Rodent Strobe is “the long term solution™”.
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Each Strobe has a 10 Year Warranty (strobe's internal electronics located in strobe housing) and one year on the bulb (inside light house like lens casing). The average bulb life is 4-5 years (replacement bulbs are available). Each strobe covers a maximum of 900 sq .ft. (30X30) of attic space/area. For a greater "shock and awe" type of effect to get rid of rats in the attic - 500 sq. ft. (25X25) of coverage gives the maximum effect to get rid of the attic rats.
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If you want to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic - then the science validates using Rodent Strobe.
Rodent Strobe's Get Rid of Rats in the Attic Strobes work in conjunction with a number of scientific and physiological factors:
First, there is its effect on the attic rats eyes via the ciliary muscle as described above and how it relates to strobes to get rid of rats in the attic:
Rodents such as Black Rats aka. Roof Rats / Attic Rats, Norway Rats / Brown Rats / Sewer Rats, and also Bats (bats are not blind as commonly believed - these Rats and also Bats just have extremely poor eyesight) have a very small ciliary bodies in their eyes in comparison to humans and rodents such as squirrels or rabbits. But, the scientific and physiological principles have been shown to be effective on even the under-developed ciliary bodies of rats in the attic in field experiments. Attic Rats and Norway Rats have very poor eyesight. This is one reason attic rats and norway rats are nocturnal and the rats in the attic rely mainly on their highly developed tactile senses / sense of touch (whiskers) and smell to get around in your attic. Attic rats poor eyesight is one reason that the attic rats follow the scents trails left by themselves and other attic rats and why rats in the attic travel close to attic walls - so these rats can get around the attic by smelling and feeling their way to and from their attic nests.
Second, Circadian Rhythms (attic rats day/night internal clock), and Cognition (thought processes in attic rats) and how it relates to strobes to get rid of rats in the attic:
Pilots who have gazed at runway strobes for too log while waiting their turn to take off have had their circadian rhythms (day/night internal clock) offset to the degree that the pilots' sleep patterns have been effected up to about 8 hours after they gazed too long at a strobe.
Police cars and emergency vehicles have had to change their strobe patterns because the the past models of strobes were believed to be the cause of a growing number of serious auto accidents. It was observed by police that too many police officers were being seriously injured by drunk drivers running into police cars that were pulled over on the side of the road in traffic stops. It was discovered that the intoxicated drivers would stare at the strobe lights (especially red and also white high intensity strobes) on the pulled over police vehicle and these drunk drivers would continue to stare at the police car strobes as they approached the police car. While staring at the strobes several things happened to the intoxicated drivers. The drunk drivers would steer their cars toward the flashing strobes and as the drunk drivers observed the strobes they became sleepy and fell asleep just before driving their cars into the parked police cars. This phenomena is now called the "moth effect".This discovery has played an important part in the redevelopment of police car strobes and many advances in strobe technology.
In another study, performed by the FAA / Federal Aviation Administration, pilots and non-pilots were both observed in the presence of strobes. Both groups reported sensations of dizziness, nausea and half the studies participants reported that they were having difficulty staying awake, as the strobes seemed to be making these persons very sleepy. The FAA is understandably interested in strobes and their effects on pilots. In the early 1950's Cornell University discovered that strobes under certain circumstances can actually cause pilots to crash. This discovery has led to FAA guidelines and practices that a pilot turn off his/her wing strobes in a fog bank or cloud bank because it has been found that the wind strobe lights reflecting off the cloud/fog back into the cockpit can cause the pilot to become disoriented and then crash. One effect that high intensity strobes have is called Positive After Images. In the presence of high intensity strobes the brain makes an after image of the environment in compensation for the suddenly dark environment - although the darkness is only for a fraction of a second. This after image then conflicts with the new visual image of the environment the next time the strobe flashes. simply put - the strobe exposed brain has two images to deal with each time the strobe flashes - the last image (held in the brain as a positive after image) and the present flash image, which then in turn becomes a positive after image when the environment becomes dramatically darker between the flashes. Pilots are now trained in special eye movement practices which help the pilots to counter the PAI problem. In one study it was found discovered that in the presence of strobes the experiment's subjects, which were exposed to strobes during simple cognitive(thought) tasks, took two times as long to perform simple tasks as subjects which were not exposed to the strobes while performing the same simple cognitive tasks. In laboratory experiments strobes have been used to reset the circadian / day to night rhythms in rodents. If rats in the attic are exposed to a pest control strobe the attic rats circadian rhythms get disrupted and not only will the attic rats get sore eyes from the ciliary muscle effect, but the rats in the attic will also have difficulty re-establishing their normal sleep patterns because the strobe's effect on the attic rats brains causes a temporary erasure of the attic rats set biological patterns: In plainly spoken - it is like the rats in the attic get a perpetual case of jet lag, slowing down he attic rats brains to half speed and making the attic rats get dizzy and get nauseous too.
Third, The Attic Rats Saccadic eye movements and how it relates to strobes to get rid of rats in the attic:
The saccadic eye movements are the short and jerking tracking movements made by the eyes. If someone throws you a ball the quick jerking tracking movements that your eyes make as you observe the ball coming towards you are saccadic eye movements. Also, as you move through an area, like walking through a room, the tracking movements that your eyes do as they monitor your bodies movement and the area and objects you are moving through (recognition of the placement of objects in relation to your movement -furniture etc.) are saccadic eye movements. It has been found that a person's brain literally "unplugs" cognition for very brief periods during these small movements. In most cases the suppression of cognition during saccadic eye movements is a brief as the eye movements themselves - just fractions of a second. But for rats in the presence of Pest Control Strobes to get rid of rats in the attic - the saccadic eye movements are so numerous as the rats try to move through the attic that it literally causes the suspension of reasoning processes in the attic rats brain. If the exposure is prolonged and/or repeated as the attic rats try numerous times to return to their rats nesting area a sensitization occurs in the attic rats brains. Put in the simplest of terms the attic rats brains become allergic to the strobes in the attic and this allergic reaction has been measured in rats' brains up to a month after the initial exposure immediately upon re-exposure of the rats to the strobes. In addition to this rats exposed to strobes have been shown to have a lower brain oxygen level during strobe exposure and in depression/heart study strobes (alone and in conjunction with other stimuli) were used and found to cause symptoms of depression in the rats and irregular heartbeats in prolong strobe exposed rats.
Fourth, Attic Rats Saccadic eye movements and REM sleep in Attic Rats and how it relates to strobes to get rid of rats in the attic:
The saccadic eye movements and REM sleep are very similar. REM is an acronym for "rapid eye movement". REM sleep is the deep dream stage of sleep. This sleep stage is called REM because of the eyes' rapid movements while the sleeping person's eyes are closed. Your eyes are moving as you observe persons and objects in your dreams. REM is a form of the saccadic eye movements. It is my hypothesis that certain strobe flash patterns and colors coupled with saccadic eye movements accounts for the sleepiness of afore mentioned drunk drivers and the pilot sleepiness upon strobe flash exposure. It is my belief that the brain "switches" into sleep mode when exposure to certain strobe flash patterns also coupled with the saccadic eye movements associated with such things as looking at several instrument gauges on a cockpit dash. The dizziness and also the nausea, I believe are a result of the fact that a body is not in motion during REM sleep, and since the brain apparently supposes itself to be asleep any physical movements detected by the fluids in the inner ear subsequently causes the nausea and dizziness as a body defense mechanism. In effect your body is telling you: "stop moving around - you are asleep".
Fifth, The accumulative effect - How it all works together to get rid of the rats in the attic:
It has been found that even if attic rats are living or nesting in a wall area, and the attic rats pass through an attic area well covered by strobe light(s), that after a few days the attic rats give up their attic nest even if the attic rats are not being directly hit by the light then just having to pass by the high intensity flashes of the strobe(s) to get to their attic nest is enough to get the rats out of the attic.
Strobe Lights have been used in pest control since 1964 when a company marketed a one million candlepower strobe for avian (bird) warehouse pest control. It was an AC powered strobe with wires hanging out of it with instructions to mount the strobe to a 1/2 inch conduit pipe and/or a junction box for connection to a power source whether hard wired or to a plug. It had an extremely limited bulb life (only about 3 months) and therefore the instructions recommended that it be attached to a timing device to lengthen bulb life. This avian pest control strobe is still available and costs around $200.00.
The next use of Pest Control Strobe Lights was in 1972 by the US Air Force to get rid of bats. Then in 1982 in livestock predation studies and then in eel exclusion from water ways. These eel exclusion strobes were waterproof being as they were hung under the water to keep eels out of an inlet. This strobe application was deemed a total success. Since the time of these early applications and experiments High Intensity Pest Control Strobe Lights have been used in dams and estuaries to keep the fish (stocked trout) from swimming to close to the dams and thus being sucked into the power production turbines. High intensity strobes have also been used for fruit orchard fruit bat control in Australia. High Intensity Pest Control Strobe Lights also have been use to deter livestock predation by wolves in the American West. High Intensity Pest Control Strobes have been used for deterring deer, bears, coyotes, etc from sheep predation and to keep these animals away from garbage cans and bins. In most of these earlier applications the pest control strobes were effective. In some of the applications they were not effective because what was used was not actually high intensity strobes but instead low intensity rotating flashing beacons incorrectly called as "strobes" when they were flashing rotating beacons. In most of the academic studies and field application of high intensity strobes satisfaction was achieved and also sustained (sometime initial tests were unsuccessful but upon re-examining the number and position/placement of the pest control strobes success was achieved).
Rodent Strobes have been Designed to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic For Good!
Fact: 25% of house fires of "unknown cause" are attributed to Attic Rats, Norway Rats and Mice in the attic chewing on attic wiring.
Learn more about why rats like to chew on attic wiring:
The term “rodent” comes from the Latin verb rodere meaning "to gnaw". Rodents, such as Squirrels and Attic Rats, are constantly gnawing and chewing on wood and wiring because the rats teeth are constantly growing. An example: the grey squirrel’s teeth grow a half a foot in length every year. Rodents, like Norway Rats, Attic Rats, Mice and Grey Squirrels, have to chew and gnaw constantly to keep their teeth’s length in under control - otherwise the rats teeth would get too long - rendering the Attic Rats unable to eat and then the rats would starve.
The result of this constant need to gnaw on anything - twenty-five percent of fires of “unknown cause” are attributed to rodents, like as Attic Rats, Attic Squirrels and Mice, chewing and gnawing on electrical wiring. a prolonged failure to get rid of rats in the attic could lead to your home catching fire in the middle of the night.
According to the US Fire Administration, a house fire occurs in the US every 79 seconds. There are usually about 50,000 – 60,000 residential fires deemed by fire inspectors to be of “unknown cause” each year in the US. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security estimate that they receive reports from fire departments on only about half of the actual number of fires that occur each year. This means that the number of fires deemed to be of “unknown cause” each year could be double the 50 to 60 thousand yearly average. This is possibly up to 120,000 fires deemed to be of “unknown cause” annually in the USA as a direct result of inadequate pest control practices to get rid of rats in the attic. Again, I would like to call to mind that 25% of these fires of "unknown cause"are attributed to Rats in the attic, Attic Squirrels, Roof Rats and Mice chewing on the attic wiring. Based on government statistics and statements made by government authorities, the number of residential fires cause by the failure to get rid of rats in the attic and other rodents is approximately 15,000 fires annually and could be as high as 30,000 fires every year. If you have rats that get in your attic – you probably have attic wire damage from the rats in your attic needing to constantly gnaw - and rats in the attic love to chew on attic wiring.
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What Does Not Work to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic
Ultrasonic Repellents to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic
Been there, done that! - And it did not get rid of the rats in my attic. I truly wish I had my money back. That ultrasonic repellent thing was expensive and the owner of the company assured me of how it would get rid of the rats in my attic. Yeah buddy. It did not get rid of the rats in my attic. I would hear the rats in my attic regularly run past the thing. Did you know that several of the leading vertebrate pest (rats) specialists - PhD. University Professors, experts in the field of pest control for rats have tried to get the Federal Trade Commission to ban ultrasonic pest control devises because they do not get rid of rats in the attic or anywhere else? The Federal Trade Commission has published a warning to all ultrasonic pest repellent manufacturers and their retailers. There may be an initial effect but the research shows that the attic rats return to the attic and the attic rats become habituated (get used to the noise). How long do ultrasonic repellents work? Research has shown that the repelling effect on attic rats only 1-3 days (if at all), but after 3-7 days the attic rats become habituated to the noise and continue living in the space not bothered enough to leave their home. Also, using ultrasonic frequencies to get rid of rats in the attic is a little bit on the ridiculous side. Why? Well, because roof rats / attic rats communicate with each other in the ultrasonic range. Roof Rats researchers often will locate roof rats / attic rats at night by listening trough an electronic device that converts the ultrasonic "loud chirps" of the attic rats into a range audible to humans. The ultrasonic noise from the roof rats is something! The ultrasonic repellents are probably just like unnoticed background noise to the attic rats - mostly because the attic rats communicate in the ultrasonic range.
Additional research has confirmed that ultrasonic pest repellents may have a partial or transitory effect, but have no persistent effectiveness. Most academic researchers urge legislatures and consumers to view ultrasonic pest repellents with skepticism. The New York State Consumer Protection Board has cautioned the citizens of New York against using ultrasonic pest repellents. In addition to this, contrary to the claims of many ultrasonic pest control device sellers, there is scientific evidence that some of these devices can cause hearing loss in pets, most especially dogs . Even the US Army does not approve of ultrasonic repellent pest control devices.
Years ago I traveled to San Diego to speak with the vertebrate pest (rats) expert who does pest control products investigations for the FTC / Federal Trade Commission. When I told him I had a pest control product that I needed some help in designing container (choice box) and field experiments for product testing the first thing he asked me (with a look of disgust) was “this isn’t another one of those ultrasonic pest repellers is it? – Those things don’t work”. I am pleased to say that he seemed very impressed with my product, especially when he was in a dark room with my strobe flashing and he was commenting that it was making him dizzy as he moved around the room. Then I observed him try several times to turn on the lights with the wall switch and his hand was meandering around for several seconds before he was able to secure his hand on the switch and turn the lights on. I was one happy camper.
I also asked the FTC pest control device inspector if he could submit a request to the FTC to test my claims that Rodent Strobes do work . How many pest control product manufacturers ask to have their product claims to be investigated by the FTC voluntarily? - Rodent Strobe did! The pest control device inspector did not see a need to ask for an inspection. I guess seeing is believing - it is for the rats in your attic that you want to get rid of - and it will get rid of the rats in the attic fast. Usual time it takes for Rodent Strobes to get rid of rats in the attic --- 24 to 48 hours!
With the Rodent Strobe line of pest control strobe lights the problem of attic rats habituation is solved. The rats in the attic can not adapt to the constant high intensity lightning bright flashes. We have found that if attic rats are residing in a house wall that the attic rats access through an attic area that is protected by a high intensity get rid of rats in the attic Rodent Strobe that the attic rats will give up going to their nesting area in the wall. It just is not worth it to the attic rats as the rats cannot get used to the constant intense flashes - see How It Works to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic page to learn more about the amazing science behind how Rodent Strobes will get rid of the rats in the attic.
Attic rats are good mothers to their young rats in the attic and walls. If the young attic rats are in what the attic rats' mother deems an "unsafe" area she will move the baby rats in the attic or walls to another place that she sees as safe for her young rats. We recommend that a person using pest control strobe lights to get rid of rats in the attic that might have young rats - simply turn off the strobes for a few hours at a time during the first few days to allow the adult rats in the attic to move their young attic rats. Then when all the rats both young and old are gone from the attic - turn on the strobes and leave them on (they are extremely energy efficient - only 4.8 watts for our get rid of rats in the attic control strobe). Problem trying to get rid of rats in the attic - solved! You get rid of the rats in your attic! No dead, rotting poisoned rats in the attic or walls. No repeating and repeating the endless trapping to get rid of rats in the attic nightmare.
Mothballs in the Attic to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic
The common, but mistaken, pest control method of using moth balls in an attic to get rid of rats in the attic is illegal in all 50 United States . If you use moth balls to get rid of rats in the attic or to get rid of any other animal pest or even suggest the use of mothballs to get rid of rats in the attic to someone you are committing, at least a misdemeanor in many states , and even a felony in some states. If you are thinking about using moth balls to get rid of rats in the attic then you should to read this first - Moth balls are toxic to both humans and their pets. Most moth balls are produced from naphthalene which chemical companies get from coal tar processing. The gaseous vapors emitted from moth balls are much heavier than air and will seep / get from your attic into the lower levels of your home - your living areas. Many people will recommend moth balls to get rid of rats in the attic and to get rid of other attic pests. In states such as Arizona, California, Florida and New York this simple recommendation is or has been a felony. Moth balls get rid of oxygen in the air. Their purpose is to suffocate moths in an enclosed environment. It is similar to running an automobile engine in a garage with the garage door closed. A few years ago a friend of mine had a yard man advise her to put moth balls in her attic to get rid the squirrels in her attic. The moth balls she put all over her attic to get rid of the squirrels in her attic worked for a while to get rid of the squirrels in her attic - but the sheer amount of moth balls she had to put in the attic spaces to get rid of the squirrels in her attic soon made her whole house stink of moth balls. The smell of the mothballs in her attic quickly seeped down into her living areas and the whole house had the overwhelming odor of the moth balls. Now, my friend could not smell the moth balls after several days, but everyone who entered her house was over-whelmed by the heavy odor. I have asthma and when I visited her house the lingering smell of the mothballs quickly bothered my asthma. Two years later the lowest places in her house, such as cabinets, linen closets, etc. still smells of moth balls from the mothballs that she placed, for only a short period of time, in her attic to get rid of her attic pests. Many people who make this huge mistake trying to get rid of rats in the attic then spend years trying to get rid of the moth ball smell in their home. Good luck! To this day, freshly washed towels that have been placed in her bathroom cabinets soon get the smell of the moth balls. Again, my friend could not smell the moth balls but everyone who entered her house quickly could. It is the same thing with using mothballs to get rid of rats in the attic - the attic rats will get used to the smell - unless you use so many moth balls that the toxic vapors are so heavy that the attic rats get out - which means these heavier than air toxic vapors are seeping down into your living areas and then get into your lungs and then get into your blood stream. Did you know that infants that have been wrapped in blankets which were stored with moth balls have been found to have high levels of naphthalene in their blood streams? Moth balls to get rid of rats in the attic or to get rid of other animal pest, been there - smelled that, in most cases it is illegal and very toxic.
Mothballs to get rid of rats in the attic -
Some Symptoms of MothBall Exposure:
Nose, eyes, and lung irritation.
Difficulty breathing, asthma symptoms worsening, asthma attacks.
Mild to Severe headaches, nausea, dizziness.
Cancer – moth balls are possible carcinogens.
Effect on infants - skin rash, anemia, jaundice.
Rat Traps to Get Rid of Rats in the Attic
Mice are curious and tend to investigate new objects in their home range. Rats, especially Attic Rats, are suspicious of objects that show up in their midst. Attic Rats are Neo-Phobic (afraid of new things). Attic Rats typically ignore Rat Poison and Rat Traps for 3-5 days or even weeks, especially if other food continues to be routinely available to the attic rats. Many Attic Rats will not consume a food even when the food is placed in its regularly traveled path unless the attic rats smell another attic rat's breathe on the food. Attic Rats communicate to other attic rats what food source is safe to eat by allowing the other attic rats to get a "wiff" of the safe food source on each others' breath. Attic Rats are much more cautious than Norway / Brown Rats. Norway Rats are as dumb as dirt compared to black rats / attic rats and thus Norway Rats are much easier to entice to a Rat Trap or Rat Trap bait station. Both Norway Rats and Attic Rats aka. Ship Rats will communicate danger to other attic rats. If Norway Rats or Attic Rats get caught in a snap trap and are not instantly killed the injured and maybe dying rats will start communicating the danger to other norway rats or attic rats through loud ultrasonic distress calls. Upon the other norway rats or attic rats hearing the distress calls of the caught rats the other rats will run to their nests and hide. Afterward if the rats will avoid snap traps especially if the attic rats see the dead rats in traps. It is not uncommon for city vector control personnel (city rats catchers and poison bait station setters) to report that upon catching one or more rats in snap traps the the other rats "get wise" to the traps and they no longer catch rats in those locations. Sometimes the vector control personnel will catch a few more rats in traps - but these are usually the young inexperienced rats. Norway Rats like to get around at ground level. Norway Rats are low level dwelling rats. Norway Rats like to get into sewers to live. Norway Rats also like to get rid of predator threats by digging underground dens in which to build their rats nest. Norway Rats travel along the ground. Norway Rats and Attic Rats follow regularly traveled paths next to walls. Norway rats and Attic Rats do this for a number of reasons. First, Norway Rats and Attic Rats have poor eye site so Norway rats and Attic Rats rely on their whiskers to feel their way along a wall. Secondly, Norway Rats and Attic Rats are incontinent - very little bladder control. Norway Rats' and Attic Rats' running movements cause these rats to urinate in small amounts everywhere they go. Infant Attic Rats will die if their mother rats do not lick their bellies after a feeding so the small rats can urinate. The licking motion on the belly is the only way baby Attic Rats get to rid themselves of pee. The urine constantly left by running rats in the attic leaves a scent trail that the rats in the attic follow. The attic rats scent trails can last for up to two years. On average, Attic Rats and Norway Rats live for about one year in the wild. So, the scent trail left by one generation of rats in the attic will get followed by future generations of rats in the attic, and other rats in the attic - etc. Attic Rats are accomplished jumpers and climbers. Attic Rats prefer to get up to and live in trees or attics where it is safe from predators. Attic Rats are very cautious and intelligent in avoidance behavior and thus it is hard to get rats in the attic to eat a rat poison or get caught in a rat trap. Attic Rats are also cannibalistic rats. Attic Rats will eat other dead rats in the attic. The cannibalistic behavior in attic rats is another reason why Attic Rats are able to get immune to rat poisons, because at times dead attic rats will have died from eating a poison and the secondary poisoning that occurs to the readily cannibalistic attic rats will not be enough to kill the attic rats but instead helps these rats get a resistance to the poisons which will get passed down to the attic rats' offspring.
The Federal Trade Commission has product claims investigators that evaluate the claims made and test products, for sale in the United States, to see if their product claims are true. The Federal Trade Commission often uses expert academics from leading Universities to perform product claim verification tests. FTC vertebrate pest control experts tested Ultrasonic pest control devices to see if they actually get rid of rats, mice, cockroaches etc.. Ultrasonic pest control devices failed every test and the pest control device inspectors requested that the FTC ban ultrasonic repellents because the investigators felt the public was being mislead by the manufacturers and retailers of electronic ultrasonic pest repellers.The Federal Pest Control Device Inspectors actually believed that the devices were so non-repelling to rats that the rats could be conditioned / trained to come to the ultrasonics sound emissions. The Federal Pest Control Inspectors hypothesized that they could train rats to come to the devices by using the ultrasonic repellents as a sort of dinner bell to get the rats to come to these ultrasonic repellents. They proposed a university experiment where food would be placed next to an ultrasonic pest control device only when the ultrasonic device was turned on and that the rats could be conditioned / trained to actually come to the device that was supposed to get rid of the rats - the rats being trained that the devices ultrasonic sound emissions were a sort of "rats - come and get it" dinner bell.
Does this sound like a familiar way to get rid of rats in the attic?
In the folk legend of the pied piper the town was being over-run with black rats aka. attic rats. In order to get rid of the attic rats the pied piper skillfully played his magical flute and the black rats aka. attic rats followed the sound of the magical flute out of village as the pied piper played and walked.The FTC turned down the investigators' proposed experiment and did not ban Ultrasonic Electronic Pest Repellents. The FTC explained that as long as the pest control devices were not physically harmful to the public the FTC would be overstepping in banning ultrasonic pest control devices marketed to get rid of rats in the attic or elsewhere.
Rodent Strobe™ has been used:
All Over the World!
To get rid of rats in the attic in Australia / AU.
To get rid of rats and to get rid of squirrels in the attic in the United Kingdom / UK.
To get rid of rats in the attic in the Philippines.
To get rid of rats in the attic and to get rid of squirrels in Canada.
To get rid of rats / rodents by the United States Army.
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