The Most Effective Rodent Control For San Diego Homes

Types Of Rodents That Commonly Invade San Diego Homes

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When it comes to rodent control in San Diego, there are three levels: good, better, and best. In the category of good rodent control, you'll find the trusty spring trap. While certainly able to capture rodents, the spring trap does not control rodents on its own.

If you want better rodent control, you need to consider rodent attractants in your yard, entry points that may need to be sealed, and other general pest maintenance. If you want the best rodent control, these services should be performed by a trained and experienced individual. Today, we're going to discuss some important facts about common rodents in San Diego, share some DIY tips, and look at how a certified technician can help.

There are basically three types of rodents that commonly invade San Diego homes. It is likely that you know something about them. They are mice, rats, and squirrels. We're going to focus on mice and rats. Squirrels are backyard rodents that typically stay in attic spaces when they get inside homes, but mice and rats don't just have the ability to get into your home, they can explore every level and impact your life in many undesirable ways.

The Many Problems A Rodent Infestation Can Create In A Home

As you consider whether to roll up your sleeves and do your own rodent control or to seek out professional rodent control, you should know what you're up against.

  • Rats and mice breed quickly. It doesn't take long for a few rodents to turn into a lot of rodents.
  • Rats and mice are unsanitary. When they explore your home, they leave urine and droppings. When they get into your kitchen, pantry, and other sensitive zones, they're likely to contaminate these zones.
  • Rats and mice are damaging pests. These rodents chew on building materials, stored items, and wiring.
  • Rats and mice bring ticks and fleas into your home. These secondary pests are known to have the ability to transmit diseases to humans.

Only you can decide what to do about a mouse or rat infestation. If you choose to handle it yourself, you can use the following tips.

Five Environmentally Friendly & Effective Rodent Prevention Tips

Rats and mice are somewhat predictable. If you understand how they behave, you can get control of them before they get into your home.

  • Remove lawn clutter. Mice and rats have poor eyesight. They must use their other senses in order to navigate. One sense they use often is their sense of touch. They move quickly through the pitch dark, touching objects around them with their whiskers. If you have objects in your yard, it will help mice and rats move across your yard and come close to your home. 
  • Remove organic debris and trim landscaping. Mice and rats hide in stacked wood, leaf piles, dense vegetation, and other natural locations. Yard work is a natural deterrent for rodents.
  • Manage your trash. Mice and rats can smell your trash from a distance. Remove trash weekly, and deodorize your receptacles if they start to have an odor.
  • Seal exterior entry points. Mice and rats can chew holes to enter your home, but, more often, they'll use holes that already exist. Fill holes in and seal gaps. Replace weatherstripping and door sweeps that aren't getting the job done. Keep in mind that mice are tiny rodents that can enter your home through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Use traps to remove rodents. If rodents are already in your home, they need to be removed. Be aware that rodent control is tricky and there can be undesirable results. Do your due diligence to learn how to deploy traps correctly.

Rodent control is a process; there is no silver bullet. It requires a proper inspection, identification of the rodents present, treatments, monitoring, and evaluation. This process helps to prevent mice and rats from secretly living with you after you've done the hard work of trying to keep them out.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Rodents & Keep Them Away

If you live in San Diego, contact Habitat Protection for professional home pest control. We use industry-leading methods to address all the kinds of rodents that get into homes in our area. We can arrest your current infestation and make sure no rodents remain in your home. If you want to keep rodents out and prevent future infestations, we can assist you with this as well. We offer a few ways for you to have year-round protection from rodent pests. Reach out to us today to learn more about these residential and commercial pest control services or to schedule a pest control inspection for your San Diego home. We're standing by to help.

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