Saturday, October 15, 2016

Keep Raccoons Away from Your Home, and You Can Save $50 Along the Way

Florida homeowners are always facing problems with raccoons year round. Other than rummaging your trash, pooping in your pool and making a lot of mess, raccoons are also known to bite and scratch people when disturbed. Despite causing these troubles, you can have them removed from your home or pool area in a humane way.

Fall is the best time to get rid of raccoons to avoid separating the young from their parents, otherwise the little ones would starve to death and their mother would wreak havoc in and around your home in their search for their young.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Goodbye, Rodents! Get Rat Removal Services This Fall and Save $50

Now that colder temperatures are almost upon us, there’s nothing more comforting than being at home and basking in the warmth. Do you know who loves to be inside your home as well? Rats.

Though rat infestations happen year round, this problem often gets worse during the fall season. With the weather getting cooler every day, rodents will be looking for a warm place to stay. One of these days, these pesky little animals might find their way into your home, causing problems and mayhem.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Patrick Quinn Becomes Certified Commercial Animal Control Professional

Patrick Quinn from Rat Busters in Boca Raton, Florida becomes a certified commercial animal control professional. He has recently passed the exam given by the Florida State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and is now certified as a commercial wildlife management specialist. Florida Law requires every commercial wildlife management trapper to be certified before they are allowed to deal with or attempt to control commensal rodents in the state.

The Florida Department of Agriculture serves as the regulating body for these professionals, under the provisions of Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Florida Statutes. Certified operators must also be certified in specific categories in which their employers want to operate.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Animal Control in Florida: Tips on Dealing with Destructive Opossums

For many homeowners, the back yard is a sanctuary to come to relax and enjoy the wonders of nature. This peace is disturbed when possums get in the area, and they forage around and potentially destroy the plants and flowers you worked so hard to grow. Remove these opossums from the equation before it’s too late.

Identify the Problem

Identifying an opossum problem should be your first priority. These creatures enjoy areas near tree crevices, wooded areas, underneath decks, and brush piles. After rummaging through your garden for nesting sites or food, there will be some tell-tale signs left behind. Look for droppings, overturned garbage cans, and tracks. Opossum poop is sort of identical to dog poop, only it tends to have tapered ends and is sually a little smoother.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Controlling Roof Rats Effectively with the Help of Animal Control

Capable of growing up to 13 inches long, the roof rat is an intimidating foe for any homeowner. This species is excellent at climbing and tends to nest inside buildings and attics. Stay ready for them by having a strategy in place so that they don’t become a chronic enemy.

Don’t Attract Them in the First Place

Deal with roof rats appropriately by not attracting them to your home in the first place. Search the house for possible sources of food. Try to keep food in metal or glass containers, because roof rats won’t be able to easily chew their way through these materials. If there are crumbs on the floor, sweep them up.

You’ll also want to clean up any clutter because rats love burrowing into trash, such as cardboard and paper, for nesting. If you do place garbage outside, secure it in a metal trash bin. Think about putting your pet food into containers, instead of in a bowl. This prevents rats from being attracted to the scent.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Palm Beach Animal Control’s Keys to Dealing with Roof Rats Safely

Dealing with roof rats is important not just to prevent disease from spreading, but to keep the infestation of rodents from growing quickly. The following steps offered by animal control experts make rat removal a simple process so you don’t have to live in fear.


You first need to inspect your home to see how bad the rat infestation is. Look for red flags, including rodent feces, tracks, burrows, runways, urine stains, rodent sounds, or already dead rodents. Rodent feces look like black or brown grains of rice, averaging around 3/8 inches long. You can tell if the feces is fresh by its color. If the color is not dark, the rat was recently in the area.

Dogs and cats are very in tune with their senses, and they’ll get stirred up if a rat is near the area. Check the food pantry as well, seeing if bags of food have been tampered with. Search low traffic-areas of your house too, including closets and especially attics for roof rats.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Animal Control: Common Problems with Rats and Their Best Solutions

Rats are adaptive animals capable of getting into impossibly tight spaces. Their destructive behavior may result in all sorts of problems for homeowners. Here are some common problems you’ll find with rats and the correct ways to deal with them.

Chew Electrical Wiring

Rats need to chew on things to keep their teeth honed. It’s an instinctive behavior, but can be frustrating when they target your electrical wiring. The solution to this problem is simple: seal up all openings that are the size of a quarter or larger so that no rats can get inside and get access to your wiring.

Endanger Pets

Unfortunately, if you have rat problems, your pets may be at risk. That’s because rats will attack predators much larger than them, especially if there is a horde of them around. Rats like to eat cat and dog food right out of your pets bowl, which could cause them to spread diseases to your pet.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Rat Busters Now Offers Disinfection After Animal Control Services

Rat Busters realizes that the presence of nuisance wildlife in homes and attics is not only an inconvenience but also a risk to human health and safety as well. Aside from the property damage these animals can cause, there is also the matter of contamination from feces and urine. It is for this reason that we now provide services to clean and disinfect attics and insulation throughout South Florida and the Boca Raton area after an animal control situation has been contained.

Of course, one of our main goals as a wildlife removal, prevention and trapping service is to minimize damage first. Once the species causing problems has been identified, our technicians will employ practical, humane and environmentally acceptable solutions for removal and prevention of re-infestation, if necessary.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Problems with Roof Rats or Other Animals? Get Rid of Them, Keep Them Out and Save More!

It’s never fun to see rodents running freely around your home, especially if it’s a roof rat. Though they are often found living in trees and shrubs, roof rats just love to get comfortable in homes. They usually inhabit places where they feel safe and high above the ground, particularly in your home’s roofs and attics.

If you see one rat it’s almost certain that a whole family are making themselves at home in your home and is a much bigger problem than it looks. Rats can destroy and chew many expensive parts of your homes interior and wiring. For such problems, who are you going to call? Rat Busters, of course!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Rat Removal Professional Matthew Rosen Receives his LCWM Certification

Rat Busters proudly announces Matthew Rosen, one of their valued rat removal technicians, earned his Limited Commercial Wildlife Management (LCWM) Certification. Upon taking and passing the exams, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services granted Mr. Rosen the certification. Mr. Rosen can now professionally and legally remove or trap rats and mice in, on or under commercial structures in Boca Raton and other surrounding areas. As the appointed agency for ensuring the protection of the environment and the safety of every Floridian, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requires that all pest control and animal control business in Florida must get their license through them. The Structural Pest Control Act dictates that operators must be certified in the category in which the business operates in.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Rat Busters Animal Control Tech Randy Privett Earns His Certification

Rat Busters animal control technician Randy Privett earns his certification from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. He passed the test and now holds a Limited Commercial Wildlife Management Certification. This certification guarantees that Mr. Privett is qualified to perform rat removal in, on or under structures. This also extends to other types of commercial wildlife such as raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, skunks, opossums, etc.

All licenses with regards to agriculture, protection of the environment, safety of consumers, and wholesomeness of food in Florida go through the Department of Agriculture. This includes the regulation of the practice of commercial pest control, under the provisions of the Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Florida Statutes.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Four Reasons to Call a Professional for Effective Raccoon Removal

Raccoons may be cute, but don’t be deceived by their looks. The moment they turn your attic into their own home, it’s time to take action. They can cause a lot of hassle, stealing your food and turning your attic into a breeding ground. Also, they might be carrying diseases that can affect the health of your family.

These animals, however, aren’t easy to catch. They’re intelligent, quick and very aggressive when cornered. This is why it’s inadvisable to try to trap or catch them yourself. It is always best to call a professional specializing in raccoon removal in Boca Raton.


When feeling threatened, raccoons can turn aggressive; they may attack you, your children, or even pets. They’ll cause chaos by tipping your garbage bins or bursting into your living spaces through the windows. Given this, raccoons must be trapped and handled properly, which professionals are trained to do.

Friday, September 2, 2016

A Home-Invading Opossum Poses Risks for All: Don't Take it Lightly

If you like cute, little animals, then be forewarned of an opossum’s deceiving looks. These mammals may appear charming and playful, but behind that facade is a wild animal that can strike and attack you when it feels threatened. An opossum can seem to be minding its own business, but once it begins dwelling in your home, problems will arise.

If you like cute, little animals, then be forewarned of an opossum’s deceiving looks. These mammals may appear charming and playful, but behind that facade is a wild animal that can strike and attack you when it feels threatened. An opossum can seem to be minding its own business, but once it begins dwelling in your home, problems will arise.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Handy Guide to Preventing Pesky Palm Rats from Damaging Your Home

Palm rats can cause a lot of trouble when they find a way into your home. They can destroy electrical wires by gnawing on them, creating a short circuit and damaging electronic devices. Your kitchen especially isn’t safe from these rodents, as they are adept at sneaking in and stealing your food. They also invade your garbage bin to eat leftover food. The garden and the roof are other parts of the house that palm rats in Florida can damage.

Keeping these pests out is necessary to keep peace and order in your house. Here’s a guide on preventing them from getting into your home.

Cut Their Food Supply

One of the main reasons palm rats target your home is the availability of food. Given this, discourage them by bringing pet food inside at night and making sure there are no leftovers in the bird feeders. Palm rats like citrus, so pick such fruits, even if not yet ripe. Retrieve those that fall from the tree as well.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How and Where to Find Signs of Infestation by Fruit Rats in Your Home

Fruit rats are pests that can be annoying and dangerous. They can not only damage parts of your home, but carry diseases that can put your family and pets at risk. This is why it’s important to always be on the lookout for rat infestation, especially in Florida where it is common for these rodents to seek shelter in residential zones.

Fruit rats often nest inside and under properties, as well as in wood and rubbish piles. They are known as good climbers, meaning they can also live in high places. They’re often found in attics, lofts, kitchens, laundries, and outdoor spaces such as decks, sheds, garages, and gardens.

When determining whether there is a rat infestation around your home, you need to know what to look for and where to look.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Understand the Cunning Ways of Roof Rats to Get Rid of Them Quickly

Homes should be a place only for families, friends, and pets. There should be no room for pests such as roof rats. These dark brown to black rodents tend to invade houses and nest inside attics or other hidden places. Before you know it, there are already gnaw marks and droppings around your home, boding trouble for people living inside.

One way to keep these rodents out and prevent an infestation is to understand their behaviors and patterns. This way, you know where to look for them and how to get rid of them.


Aside from attics, roof rats usually nest in dense vegetation, trees, and piles of wood or debris. Because they’re good climbers, you can find them living in a building’s upper levels, too. Ceilings, trees, and other high places are often targeted for nesting by these rodents.