Professional Rat Exterminator Services

It’s time to control the freeloading rats that mistake your property for their home. Mosquito Joe® provides reliable rat extermination services to help get rid of these pesky rodents and prevent them from coming back. Take an essential step towards a healthier home and request a free quote today!

Signs of a Rat Infestation

Rats are smart and secretive, so you may never see one until the infestation is severe. But other signs can alert you to a problem:


If you see (or smell!) ¼-inch long pellets with pointed ends, those are rat droppings. They appear soft, slimy, and dark brown or black. As they age, they may fade to gray or tan. Droppings are most common where the rats are most active, so check:

  • Around the kitchen
  • Near food storage
  • Near the trash can
  • Near pet food and water
  • Along walls and baseboards
  • In attics, lofts, and basements

Foul Odors

Their urine gives off the smell of stale ammonia. If a rat dies in your home, the pungent odor of rot can linger for weeks.

Gnawing and Bite Marks

Rats chew through plastic, cardboard boxes, drywall, and anything else to reach the food they seek. If you see chewing marks on food containers, cupboard doors, or baseboards, you likely have rats running around.

Piled Nesting Materials

Rats make themselves right at home, building nests in your walls and on your property of chewed and shredded organic matter. If you find small piles of shredded fabric mixed with leaves, insulation, paper, and other debris in your home, call for rat extermination services near you.

Skittering, Scratching, Scampering Sounds

Those strange sounds of rustling and scurrying at night are rats going about their nocturnal business of eating, mating, and moving about your property.

Greasy Streaks on the Baseboards

Rats move around by sticking close to the baseboards. The oils in their fur, the dirt on their feet, and the urine they walk through create greasy streaks along baseboards and walls.

Pets Acting Strangely

Even if you miss the early signs of a rodent infestation, your pets sure won’t. If your dog or cat is unusually restless, paws the floor next to large appliances or furniture, or seems to be hunting something you can’t see, they may be tracking a rodent.

If you notice any of these signs of a rat infestation in your home or on your property, call your locally owned and operated Mosquito Joe. As part of our pest control services, we provide expert rat extermination services near you that take the scuttling, scurrying critters out of your way.

Our Rat Extermination Services Process

Our entire rat removal and extermination services process is designed to protect you, your family, and your property from rodents:

  • Inspection: Our service professional examines your property, seeking signs of rodent activity and identifying habitation and runways.
  • Trapping: We humanely trap any rodents on your property so we can remove them without the risk of leaving sick or dying rats behind.
  • Evaluation: We evaluate the local rodent populations to determine your home’s best defense against future infestations.
  • Barrier: We block openings and pathways, then establish a barrier around your home that repels rodents and prevents them from reentering your premises.
  • Repellant: We use liquid rodent-repellant to control and limit the local rodent populations and keep them away from your property.

What Sets Us Apart?

We use no poisons, reducing the risk of leaving dead or dying rodents in the walls of your home. Instead, our rat control services trap and remove rodents from your premises. Then, we establish a protective barrier around your house that prevents the critters from getting back in.

You can count on great service and highly effective results because the Neighborly Done Right Promise™ and the Mosquito Joe Satisfaction Guarantee backs everything we do. We do the job right the first time.

FAQs About Rat Extermination Services

Q: How long do rat extermination services take?

When we can catch the infestation early, we can get rid of rats within one to three days. It can take up to a few weeks for a more established population to get rid of them all.

Q: How do you prevent rats from coming back?

Preventing rats from coming back requires a multi-pronged approach:

  • Seal all holes, gaps, and cracks in the walls
  • Keep spilled birdseed and any fallen fruits and vegetables in the garden picked up
  • Keep all trash cans tightly sealed
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and away from the house walls
  • Repel rats with peppermint essential oil
  • Use bait or poison only well away from your home, out of reach of children and pets
  • Use professional rat control services

Q: Can your rat control solutions be harmful to pets and children?

Our entire rat control service is designed to keep your household’s well-being in mind. We don’t use any poisons or toxic substances. We trap and remove the rats on your property and prevent their return.

Q: What are the risks of using rat poison myself?

If you’re considering using rat poison or rodenticide on your own, remember that it can be highly toxic and carry serious risks if not handled or stored correctly. To ensure the effective removal of rats, it’s recommended you rely on professional rat removal services that can handle this process for you.

Q: Can you get rid of rats permanently?

It is possible to thoroughly get rid of rats on your property and keep them from taking up residence again. Continue to seal any cracks or gaps they might use to access your home and keep your property clean. This helps block their access to food, water, and shelter needed for survival.