Exactly what is a rat exterminator? You have your normal exterminator who kills bugs and pests around your home or business and most of them are pretty good at killing bugs. A rat exterminator is a professional pest control technician who has, through many years of experience, gained specific knowledge of rats, rat behavior and identifying rats and a working knowledge of building construction.

Some pest control companies take on rat control jobs to help supplement business in the slow season, but never really get a full understanding of rodent control, rat proofing or rodent exclusion work. To be a good rat control technician you need more than just a pest control background.

To be a professional rat control expert, you need to have a working knowledge of building construction, and how to make the proper repairs to the structure. From my 30 years of experience, I have seen pest control technicians try to rat proof homes and office building but have no idea of building construction and at the same time, I have seen contractors and handymen try to perform rat exclusion and have no idea on rat behavior.

It takes an individual or company with experience and knowledge in both aspects, rat control, knowledge of rat behavior and building construction and repair, the perfect rodent control expert has both. Without the experience in both trades, your rate of a successful conclusion to a rat control project for a paying customer is extremely diminished and your customer will still have rats in their home.

It’s always best when looking for a rat control company to find out how many rat proofing’s they have done and how long they have been in business and make sure they are licensed by the California Structural Pest Control Board.