Rat Pest Control in Austin, Central Texas, and Houston

Rat Populations Have Exploded In Central Texas

Eliminating them effectively, efficiently, and economically is our top priority.

Rat  control is a big part of our rodent and wildlife service line. Rats are common pests that love to find a way into attic spaces for some protection from the elements.

We are happy to get rid of rats in your attic; we do it for a living. Our rat control services in the Austin area have been developed and fine-tuned for over our 35 years with the latest technologies and techniques.

About Rats

Roof rats or Norway rats are very common in the Austin and Central Texas.


Not only do rats carry serious diseases, but they also chew on everything. Literally everything, all the time. They have to chew on stuff constantly, it keeps their teeth from growing too large.


Rats produce 4 to 6 litters per year with an average of 6 to 8 young per litter. Though the mortality rate is high, a colony can grow large quite fast.

Eating Habits

Rats are omnivorous and prefer fruits, nuts, grains, seed, and vegetables. Bird feeders also make great rodent feeders.


Rats can live out in nature with no problem, but your attic provides a pretty nice lifestyle. Generally, roof rats get access to your home from trees hanging on the roof. This means that they will commonly set up shop in your attic, but they can also be found in sewer systems, crawl spaces, and wall voids. Rats are looking for ground cover, brushy hedges, or woodpiles. Getting rid of or blocking entry to these types of areas is always a good idea.

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Proper Rat Extermination

Our Austin area rat control and extermination is a three step process:

  1. Inspection: We identify the rat species and type of damage. This requires a deep inspection and find out where they are nesting; typically homeowners have rats in their attic? How have they gotten into the structure?
  2. Trapping: We then set rat traps. We typically don't bait inside a house. The rat will eat the bait and die, then you have a dead rat smell in and around your home. This is why we set traps and monitor every 3 to 7 days. We do a minimum of 4 trips to ensure the rat infestation is eliminated.
  3. Exclusion: After the rat removal is well underway, the structure should be enclosed. This protects your home from future rodents getting in. Rat enclosure should always be done along with trapping. All roof vents, roof pipes, gable vents, and any other areas where they can enter need to be sealed. Steel wool, expanding foam, caulk, wire mesh, and some screws go a long way. Then trim back any trees 4 to 6 feet from the structure.

Together, all these elements compose The Bug Master Way ensuring safe and proper rodent extermination, thus protecting you from the danger and damage of any rodent infestation.

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What Clients Are Saying

Edgar handled all of our services promptly and professionally. He went above and beyond what I expected, by helping and educating our residents. The residents were appreciative to finally have someone who cared about their problem.

-Lisa, Mission James Place Apartments

Our tech Kyle is very nice and helpful. He is always very detailed on letting us know what is going on in each apartment. Great customer service.

-Parkside Crossing Apartments

With All This Experience, We've Got You Covered

Because we've been in business for over 35 years, you can bet that we've seen a lot. Every home and business is unique, and we've got the right group of problem-solving professionals to make sure what bothers you today never bothers you again.

Rest assured that all our service professionals are licensed and bonded. Our team is current to the latest technologies and pest control methods.

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