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What to Do When Your Neighbor Has a Rat Problem

The presence of rats not only makes a dwelling less enjoyable but also poses the risk of various rodent-borne diseases and costly damages.

It’s frustrating to have to deal with a rat infestation, especially when it occurs due to a neighbor’s callous attitude.

If your neighbor has a bunch of rats on their property, you will most likely hear them scurrying along or gnawing behind the walls or beneath the floor. In apartment buildings, you may notice rats in common areas and hallways.

In suburban neighborhoods, you may also spot a rat or two in your (or their) garden/yard.

In case the rat infestation on your neighbor’s property is severe, you may even be able to notice a distinct smell from a distance.

Can You Have a Rat Problem If Your Neighbor Has It Already?

Rats can travel long distances in search of food, water, and shelter.

While roaming around your neighbor’s property, even the slightest whiff of food from your dwelling can encourage rats to search for ways to get in. They may even build a nest in your garden.

At times, rats do not even need direct motivation to invade your property. They may just be out on an exploratory mission to find new travel/escape routes, food & water sources, etc.

Therefore, there is a high chance that you will have a rat problem in the near future when there are rats on your neighbor’s property, especially if:

  • You have ignored rat-proofing
  • You do not maintain hygiene on your property
  • Your neighbor is not keen to address the problem right away

Put simply, you can’t just sit back and hope for the best.

But, what should you do when your neighbor has a rat problem? Let’s find out.

Directly Approach Your Neighbor to Discuss the Rat Problem

There is no harm in directly speaking with your neighbor. Just try to be polite and avoid sounding accusatory. You need their support and the best way you can get it is to be as friendly as possible.

Let them know that you have spotted rats or noticed definite signs of a rat infestation. See if they are willing to have a discussion about the cause or what they are doing to fix the problem.

Emphasize that a rat problem in one building affects all others in the area. It is your shared goal to eliminate rats from all properties nearby.

You can also agree on scheduling an inspection of all properties that are right next to each other, by a rat control specialist in Los Angeles, so as to approach the problem holistically.

Contact the Building Management If You Live In a Large Apartment Building

In case you reside in a large apartment building, the chances are that the building management provides rat extermination service for free.

The news of rat infestation travels quickly and it can have a negative impact on apartment sales and rentals.

So, you can check with the building management if they can directly speak with your neighbor about the rat problem and take all steps necessary to eliminate rats from their apartment as well as the hidden and common areas of the building.

Contact the Local Association If You Reside in a Suburban Neighborhood

In an urban neighborhood, you will most likely have a homeowners’ association that you can speak with. Such associations often provide/fund resources needed to control rodent infestations.

Even if they can’t provide monetary assistance, they can still recommend the best rat control service in the area or persuade your neighbor to take necessary remedial measures and do so immediately.

Alert Local Public Health Authorities

It is possible that your neighbor continues to ignore your requests to deal with rats or makes no effort to prevent repeat infestations in the future. It can happen especially if the rat-infested apartment or building is empty.

On such occasions, you can alert local public health authorities or the pest control department. Be sure to collect evidence of a rat infestation such as a video, to ensure the authorities have reasonable cause to take necessary action.

Final Words

Do not let yourself believe that a rat problem will be over on its own. Also, keep in mind that DIY rat control methods do not work! While your neighbor tries to control the infestation, be sure that your dwelling is rodent-proof. You do not want the nasty rats looking for alternative sources of food, water, and shelter to invade your home.

If you notice signs of rodent infestation in your house or want to undertake rodent-proofing as a precautionary measure, call us at (818) 583-7287 and speak with a rodent control specialist right away. 

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA


    June 25, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    June 25, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    June 25, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    June 25, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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