What Do You Need To Know About Rodent Control?
Can Rodents Damage My Home?
Rodent infestations pose significant risks to your home, your health, and your peace of mind. Here are just some of the ways in which rodents can make your home—and life—unpleasant:
- Causing structural damage by chewing holes in walls and surfaces.
- Making noise that disturbs the occupants of your home.
- Creating fire hazards by chewing on electrical wires.
- Reducing your AC efficiency by chewing holes in ducts and spreading germs through air vents.
Rodents can also carry many potentially severe diseases, including:
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Rat-bite fever
Bottom line: rodents aren’t just annoying; they can also be dangerous. If they’re in your home, you need to get them out as soon as you can.
How Do Rodents Get Into My Home?
Rodents can enter your home in any of the following ways:
- Cracks or holes in floors, walls, and foundations
- Gaps in ceilings or attic areas
- Sewer lines and poorly-sealed drainage pipes
- Poorly-sealed windows and doors
Rodents often infest homes in fall or early winter when outdoor temperatures drop—and once they settle in your home, they tend to stay there. Since most species reproduce quickly, getting rid of these pests can be extremely difficult without a professional exterminator.
What Kinds of Rodents Should I Worry About?
The following types of rodents are all common pests within California:
Mice and rats come in many different species, and not all of them behave the same way. Norway rats, for example, are poor climbers, so they tend to live in basements or foundations. Whereas roof rats are more likely to live in ceilings, attics, and other high-up places. Our team can identify the type of rodent problem you have and provide a solution that targets the specific parts of your property where they live.
How Can I Keep Rodents Out of My House?
Use these strategies to prevent rodent infestations on your property:
- Seal all holes inside and outside your home by patching or plugging them with steel wool (for smaller openings).
- Clear piles of mulch, leaves, and other yard debris off your property (since rodents often nest in these areas before moving into nearby buildings).
- Seal kitchen garbage bins and composters inside the home (since these are potential food sources that can draw rodents inside).
- Keep trees trimmed at least 4 feet away from the home (roof rats can jump down from branches).
A variety of rodent traps are available at hardware and home-improvement stores, but there is no substitute for an experienced exterminator if you want to rid your home of rodents completely and discourage them from returning.