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At Golden Hills Pest Control, we specialize in providing top-notch rodent control and exclusion services in Sacramento, California. With our expertise and comprehensive approach, we can help you eliminate rodents and prevent future infestations.
Our team of skilled pest control technicians has extensive experience in dealing with rodent infestations. We understand the behavior and habits of various rodent species, including mice and rats. With our expertise, we can accurately assess the severity of the infestation and implement the most effective control measures.
We begin the rodent control process with a detailed inspection of your property. Our professionals will identify entry points, nesting areas, and potential food sources. This allows us to develop a targeted treatment plan and design effective exclusion strategies to seal off entry points and prevent future rodent access.
Golden Hills Pest Control follows an Integrated Pest Management approach, which emphasizes the use of eco-friendly and sustainable solutions. We combine multiple strategies such as trapping, baiting, exclusion, and sanitation to achieve long-term results while minimizing environmental impact.
Simply eliminating rodents is not enough. To ensure long-lasting results, we focus on rodent exclusion. Our experts will identify and seal off entry points, such as gaps in walls, vents, and pipes, to prevent rodents from re-entering your property. By implementing effective exclusion measures, we help create a rodent-free environment.
At Golden Hills Pest Control, we are committed to providing ongoing support and guidance. We will educate you on rodent prevention strategies, such as proper sanitation practices and eliminating attractants. Our experts are always available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.
Excellent Customer Service: We take pride in delivering exceptional customer service. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will listen to your concerns, provide transparent communication throughout the process, and ensure that your rodent control needs are met to your satisfaction.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let our experienced technicians develop a customized rodent control plan tailored to your specific needs. Say goodbye to rodents and enjoy a pest-free environment with Golden Hills Pest Control!
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Rodent Control & Exclusion in Sacramento
While most of us dislike rats they are especially harmful for your family and should be controlled to ensure an infestation doesn’t occur. They can contaminate your food and spread diseases and are often found in sewers, garbage dumpsters, alleys, and gutters.
The damage that is caused by a rat infestation to your home can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and could even comprise your home to the elements. Rats tend to damage buildings by chewing and they have been known to cause plumbing issues and even electrical fires due to chewing through pipes and wires. Rats can burrow under your home and cause your foundation to be undermined or even your walk ways and driveways to be compromised.
Worldwide, rodents such as rats and mice spread over 35 diseases. These diseases can be spread to humans directly, through handling of rodents, through contact with rodent feces, urine, or saliva, or through rodent bites. Diseases carried by rodents can also be spread to humans indirectly, through ticks, mites or fleas that have fed on an infected rodent.
Who Has Rats and Mice?
Every country has rats and mice. Most kinds live in woods and fields, but three kinds live with people: the house mouse, Norway rat and roof rat. Rats and mice will move in with the best of people.
What Do Rats and Mice Do?
Rats and mice spoil your food, carry diseases, and they’re dirty. They soil your house with their droppings. They like open garbage cans, dumpsters, sewers and rubbish heaps. If you see a rat or mouse, you can be sure there are many more. They usually hide by day and come out at night. Mice are about 3 inches long, not counting the tail. Rats are much larger — up to a foot long, not counting the tail.
Rats and mice are curious. They eat a variety of foods, including grain and seed, nuts, meat, candy and processed cereal. They have poor eyesight but excellent senses of smell, taste and touch. They are mainly active at night.
House mice have a naked tail; native mice have a slightly furred tail. Roof rats are sleek and graceful; their ears extend past their eyes. Norway rats are large and heavy bodied; their ears do not reach past their eyes and they can weigh more than a pound.
Do You Have Rats or Mice? Look for…
- Droppings: Mouse droppings are about the size of rice grains; rat droppings are about the size of a raisin.
- Tracks: Scatter a small patch of flour or talcum powder on the floor along the wall or in likely places. Put a cracker or a piece of bread spread with peanut butter in the middle of your “tracking patch.” Check for tracks the next day.
- Burrows: Check in weedy places, under boards, under dog houses and near garbage cans or dumpsters.
- Gnawings: Any little hole with chewed edges is a sure sign. Check your pantry for chewed packages. Look for shredded paper. Look for tooth marks.
- Sound: Listen for gnawing or scratching in walls or attics, especially at night.
- Nests: Chewed paper or cloth (including gloves, carpet, clothes) are often found in boxes, drawers, basements or attics.
- Odor: A musty odor usually indicates mice, not rats, are present.
Get Rid of Rats and Mice
Rats and mice breed fast. A mouse can have several young when she’s two months old. Then, two months later, her young will breed. In the meantime, the mother will produce another litter. So you must keep working to get rid of them. Certainly you can get rid of most of them.
Take Away Their Food
Keep garbage in tightly covered cans. Feed dogs and cats in a dish, then take up the food they don’t eat. Don’t leave it out for rats and mice.
Destroy Their Homes
Remove trash, old boards, weeds and junk cars. Rats and mice like to hide in such places. Don’t pile wood against the house. Store wood and other materials at least a foot off the ground.
Close Their Holes and Entryways
Keep doors closed. Cover windows with screens. One-fourth inch or smaller mesh will keep rats and mice out. Keep floor drains tightly sealed. Cement or caulk around pipes and cables where they pass through walls. Mice can get through any hole that will admit the tip of your little finger. Seal small holes and cracks by stuffing them with stainless steel scouring pads, then caulk over them. After you kill rats and mice, close burrows with a shovelful of earth. Then stamp it shut. If a burrow is reopened, you know you still have rats or mice.
Use traps, not poison baits, inside houses. Poison baits are more dangerous. Also, poisoned rats and mice will die and stink in walls and attics. Use plenty of traps in a room. Put them along the wall, in cupboards and drawers, and in other places where mice might run. Make it so a mouse won’t travel more than 5 or 10 feet to find a trap. Do this because a well-fed mouse likes to stay home. He may live for weeks in one corner of a room. Don’t expect him to cross the room to find your trap. A mouse likes to run along a wall. Set traps with the bait treadle across his path at a right angle to the wall. Don’t set the trap parallel to the wall and force mice to go around or over the trap to reach the bait. Make it easy for them. Snap traps are the cheapest, so use plenty. Multiple catch traps work fine, but remember to use enough of them. Sticky traps are as good as snap traps and easier to use. Ask your store owner to stock them. What bait is good? Mice like peanut butter, bacon or anything tasty with a strong odor. Have you caught them all? It’s hard to say. Leave the traps in place for a few weeks. How did the mice get into the house? Discover how they got in and close the openings. Once you’ve rid your house of mice, can you relax the forget them? No. New mice will find you. Save your traps. Be ready to go to war with mice again. Give rats the same treatment, but use the larger rat traps. Set them only in places where children won’t get into them. For rats, you need fewer traps. A dozen for an average house is usually enough. Rats are smarter and harder to catch than mice.
Use poison outside the house only if you can keep it away from pets and children. A locked shed or garage is a suitable place. Poison bait tastes good; it often has sugar in it. Don’t be careless with it. Many good poisons are on the market. Use poisons with warfarin, pival, fumarin, chlorophacinone or diphacinone. They are not quite as hazardous as the quick-kill or single-dose poisons. These poisons are available as poison food or poison water. Mice or rats need to eat them each day for about a week before they die. Set out poison bait stations in places where you see signs of rats. Get a sturdy wood, metal or cardboard container. Cut 3-inch diameter holes in opposite sides at ground level. Fill a small container with a pound of poison bait. Put it inside the bait box. Add bait each day to keep it full. Don’t let rats empty the bait container. They must feed from the bait each day or they may not die. Use the same technique for mice, but you can use a smaller bait box and less bait. Mouse holes in a bait box can be about 1 inch in diameter. Use disposable plastic gloves to handle dead rodents you find. Throw them in the garbage or bury them. If, after a few weeks, rats and mice are no longer feeding at the bait station, remove the bait. Save it in a clean, sealed container for your next rodent problem. Don’t leave bait out for a long time. It will mold, spoil or cause a poisoning accident.
Organize Against Rats and Mice
Get together with your neighbors. Clean up several yards in the same area. Trap and poison neighbor-hood rodents at the same time. This way, re-infestation from nearby rodents is less likely.
Rats and mice may feed from bird feeders. A squirrel guard will also deter mice and rats. Sound or flashing lights have almost no effect repelling rats or mice. Taste and odor repellents are not registered for rats or mice. Non-native rats and mice are not protected by law. Shooting is not generally effective for controlling rats and may be hazardous. Sanitation is the best method of control. Trapping is cost effective, generally safe and very effective if done properly. Fumigants or gas should be used only by licensed pest control operators. Rats and mice stay near home. Norway rats may travel only in an area 100 to 150 feet in diameter each day. Rats and mice and their droppings, urine and fleas can transmit diseases to humans. Use a dust mask and disposable gloves when handling dead rodents or cleaning up after them.
Attention!! Pesticide Precautions
- Observe all directions, restrictions and precautions on pesticide labels. It is dangerous, wasteful and illegal to do otherwise.
- Store all pesticides in original containers with labels intact and behind locked doors. Keep pesticides out of the reach of children.
- Use pesticides at correct label dosages and intervals to avoid illegal residues or injury to plants and animals.
- Apply pesticides carefully to avoid drift or contamination of non-target areas.
- Surplus pesticides and containers should be disposed of in accordance with label instructions so contamination of water and other hazards will not result.
- Follow directions on the pesticide label regarding restrictions as required by state and federal laws and regulations.
- Avoid any action that may threaten an endangered species or its habitat. Your county extension agent can inform you of endangered species in your area, help you identify them and, through the Fish and Wildlife Service Field Office, identify actions that may threaten endangered species or their habitats.
- Original publication by Jeff Jackson, Wildlife Specialist (ret.), Warnell School of Forest Resources. Illustrations from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other sources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Rodent infestations can be caused by factors such as easily accessible food sources, available shelter and nesting sites, accessible water sources, entry points in buildings, poor sanitation practices, proximity to natural habitats, seasonal influences, and the presence of other pests. To prevent rodent infestations, it is important to address these factors by properly storing food, eliminating clutter, sealing entry points, fixing water leaks, maintaining cleanliness, and removing potential nesting sites. Regular inspections and prompt action are crucial in preventing rodent infestations and maintaining a rodent-free environment.
Rodents are difficult to control due to their rapid reproductive capabilities, adaptability to various environments, nesting and hiding habits, nocturnal behavior, gnawing and damage-causing behavior, wide-ranging diet, potential for disease transmission, and natural fear of humans. These factors make it challenging to effectively eliminate rodent infestations and prevent their recurrence. Implementing a comprehensive approach that includes sanitation practices, exclusion techniques, trapping, baiting, and professional assistance is necessary for successful rodent control. Ongoing monitoring and prompt action are crucial to manage rodent populations and minimize their impact on human health and property.
Rodent infestations should be addressed as soon as you notice signs such as sightings of live or dead rodents, droppings, gnaw marks, foul odor, noises, nests or burrows, food and packaging damage, or unusual pet behavior. Taking prompt action is crucial to prevent further damage, health risks, and population growth. Rodents breed quickly and can spread diseases, so early intervention is essential. By addressing the problem promptly, you can effectively control the infestation, safeguard your property, and protect your well-being.
To effectively eliminate rodents, follow these steps:
- Identify the extent of the infestation and seal entry points.
- Remove food and water sources to deter rodents.
- Declutter and organize to minimize hiding spots.
- Use trapping methods with snap traps or live traps and appropriate bait.
- Consider using rodenticides cautiously and according to instructions.
- Seek professional assistance for severe or persistent infestations.
- Maintain ongoing monitoring and practice preventive measures. Remember to prioritize safety when handling traps or rodenticides and consult professionals if needed.
To prevent rodent infestations, follow these strategies:
- Seal entry points and block potential access.
- Remove food and water sources by storing food properly and fixing leaks.
- Maintain cleanliness and eliminate clutter to minimize hiding spots.
- Trim vegetation and keep it away from your property.
- Manage waste properly and use tightly sealed containers.
- Install screens or mesh on vents and openings.
- Conduct regular inspections for signs of rodent activity.
- Educate and involve neighbors in rodent prevention efforts.
By consistently implementing these prevention strategies, you can significantly reduce the risk of rodent infestations and create an environment that is less attractive to rodents. Regular maintenance and vigilance are important in maintaining a rodent-free space.