If you're bothered by rats (or mice) making themselves at home in your home, you're not alone.
While a few of the interlopers may be our native , most of the unwanted guests are Norway rats, whose forebears likely hitched a ride in a sailing ship more than a hundred years ago.
These rodents are very smart, very adaptable and can fit through an opening the size of a quarter. You can try trapping them yourself, and you might catch one or two, but unless you only have a few to begin with, word spreads quickly and the rest of the horde will steer clear of the traps (but not your house).
So, in the interest of public service, we've compiled a list of rat catchers others in the Valley have recommended. (The Planning Group is not making endorsements; do your own research to determine which service - if any - is best for your particular situation and budget.)
GETTING RID OF RATS
Rat Catcher Referrals
Ryland the Ratcatcher: 415-532-6379l;
Francois Saint Gassies: 415-454-8527
Jim Paine of Clean and Green Critter Solutions: 707-867-7071
Siegs Abatement: 707-762-7271
WeCare Pest Solutions: 707-573-5899
Matt Pieri: 415-716-7845
Caitlin and Tyler, Tamalpais Rodent: 415-259-7434
The Hitmen, now part of Western Exterminators: 866-852-0169
Aaron Ambrose Services: 707-774-2292
All Access Cleanup (owner, Ian): 707-758-7955
Note: Marin Mosquito Abatement Control will come out for free to assess rodent problems.