Rodent Identification & Prevention

About Rodents In San Diego

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Rodents are a huge problem for San Diego residents. Rodents living in the city (and those species that didn't evolve to live in Southern California's unforgiving climate) can be tough to get rid of because they're at least semi-dependent on humans for survival. Taking preventative measures and implementing ongoing rodent control services can help make your home less attractive to these pests. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Rodents

What are rodents?

Rodents are mammals characterized by a pair of upper and lower incisors that never stop growing. Indeed, these elongated teeth are part of the reason why rodents are so destructive. While the rodent family is incredibly diverse, including species from tiny jerboas to huge capybaras, mice and rats are the most difficult rodents in our area.

Are rodents dangerous?

Rats and mice are dangerous for two reasons; they destroy property and spread diseases. Those constantly growing teeth we talked about are the main reason mice and rats are so destructive. They have to chew up everything from plumbing to electrical wiring to grind down their pearly whites.

These rodents can also spread potentially deadly diseases like hantavirus and leptospirosis to pets and people. Rodents have no misgivings about pooping in your food storage or urinating everywhere they go, so they pretty much contaminate everything they touch.

Where do rodents live?

Rodents live anywhere that's convenient. In urban areas, they like to live near enough to people to mooch off our food and trash but far enough away to avoid contact with us. That translates into rodents preferring attics, basements, crawl spaces, and the like.

What do rodents eat?

When it comes to rats, they'll eat just about anything they can find; they're not selective at all. Mice are a little pickier. They prefer grains, seeds, dried fruits, nuts, and other similar pantry staples.

How do I know if I have a rodent problem?

Rodents like to avoid contact with people, so you might not see live rodents even if you have a major infestation. That means you'll have to look for other signs like:

  • Rodent droppings
  • Chew marks on pipes or wiring 
  • Shredded furniture or insulation
  • Scurrying sounds in walls
  • Nests in concealed areas 

If you see these or other signs, don't hesitate to act! Contact our local home pest control and commercial pest control specialists immediately to solve your rodent problem.

How can I prevent a rodent infestation?

Rodent infestations aren't easy to prevent because rodents are so motivated to get into our food stores, but there are some things you can do:

  • Seal up cracks and holes in your home.
  • Store all pantry foods in hard plastic, airtight containers.
  • Keep all trash covered with tight lids.
  • Eliminate potential water sources like leaky pipes and clogged drains.

How do I get rid of rodents?

Getting rid of rodents by yourself can be a Herculean task. Rats and mice can breed explosively, meaning every one you kill or trap has probably already replaced itself a bunch of times. To get rid of your entire infestation, you'll need to call the trained and licensed experts here at Habitat Protection. We can help you kick your rodents to the curb for good.

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