Many people forget that much of the East Valley used to be agricultural. As developers came in and purchased land that used to be orchards and fields, much of the natural wildlife did not go away.
In many of the more established neighborhoods in Scottsdale, Arcadia, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and throughout the East Valley an unseen enemy is wreaking havoc on your AC unit.
Rats are not a welcome sight for any home owner. However, they may be even more unwelcome if the wires of your AC unit being chewed up by them. In most homes in Arizona, AC Units consist of a Split Unit system where the Air Handler unit is inside the house in the attic, and the Condenser Unit is placed either on the roof, or beside the house. Both of these areas are prime areas for rats to attack exposed wiring that is connected to the units. While it may be difficult to look at your AC Unit to inspect if wires are being chewed on, most home owners are aware if there have been rodents in the area.
There are six easy steps that you can take to eliminate them and then keep them away.
- Look for evidence that confirms you have an issue with rats. Rat droppings area sure sign and are large (up to 1/2 inch) in size. They tend to be pill shaped and have rounded ends.
- Place a traditional snap trap by their water source. Do not set it initially in order to help them become familiar with the trap. Bait it for a week so that they will eat from it, and then begin setting it. Check the trap regularly and rebait when necessary.?
- You may also want to place rat poison near the water source as well. Place it in a sealed envelope so that they will chew it open to get at the bait. Reseal and replace as necessary.?
- Find the cracks and crevices where rats may be entering and seal them. Using wire mesh, steel wool, insulated foam and caulk will help keep rats out.?
- Remove the things that attract rats. Firewood, foliage and debris that are against the house are an invitation for rats to create a home.?
- Evaluate what food sources exist on the outside of your home. Evaluate if they are maintained and ensure that they are set a healthy distance from your home. Bird feeders, water features, and fruit trees are naturally attractive to rats.
As the weather is cooling off, this is a natural time to consider AC Service and Repairs and to have an inspection done to see if rats are an issue. Wolfgang’s Cooling and Heating has a team of professionals that can come to your home and provide a complete inspection of your AC Unit. And right now, Wolfgang’s is offering a 10% discount on service calls. The investment that you have made into your home is one that you want to protect. Call or Text Wolfgang’s Cooling and Heating at (480) 719-7779 today and allow them to join your team in the battle to protect your home.