Rodent Control Service in Sacramento
Pinnacle Pest Control’s technicians are experts in the control of mice and rats. We perform a thorough inspections on your property to determine potential harborages inside and outside. This includes all food and water sources and possible points of entry into your home or structure. Following the free initial rodent control survey we will suggest control procedures and preventative measures. Our rodent control services in Sacramento can be a one time event or a regularly scheduled preventative service.
Why you have Rodents:
Mice and rats can live wherever humans live or store food products, or dispose of refuse. Rats are excellent climbers, jumpers and swimmers. Mice can fit through a hole the size of your finger tip. These rodents have a remarkable ability to adapt .Rodents enter buildings in search of food, water, and shelter or they may be transported in boats, trains, trucks or in freight and cargo. As temperatures cool in the fall, they seek out the same shelters that people use for home, or business, or transportation. Man has been plagued by rodent infestations for thousands of years.
Rodents contaminate food, damage buildings, and other property by constant gnawing and burrowing. They also can spread diseases to people and pets. Rodents, like mice and rats in commercial facilities can cause significant economic losses for a company and tarnish their professional reputation. For restaurants, hospitals, and similar establishments, these rodents are a pest control headache. Since rodents are so small and secretive, people are often unaware that they have these animals living within the wall voids, attic spaces, between floors, beneath the house, or behind a cabinet. People often discover rodent infestations by the tell-tale signs of rat or mouse droppings or gnawed food packages. Rodents can gnaw through just about anything, using their two large incisors to chew through electrical wires often causing accidental fires
The house mouse is commonly grayish, but the color can vary. The body is about 3 to 4 inches in length, with the tail being of equal length. Mice can gain access to a home through an opening of ¼ inch. By nature mice are herbivores; they prefer to feed on cereal grains, but will eat almost any type of food and food scraps. They require very little water, because they obtain most of their water needs from their food.
They also store extra food in burrows and other hiding places. The major health risk associated with the house mouse is salmonella and leptospirosis. Mice reach sexual maturity in 5-8 weeks and female mice reproduce up to 8 times annually with litters ranging from 4 to 7 pups. That means up to 56 (8 x 7) new mice per year. They can jump up about 12 inches and can leap down from a height of 12 feet without injury.
A typical adult root rat is13 to 18 inches long, the tail alone can measure 6 to 10 inches of this length. They can be either black or brown and can easily adapt to a wide range of environments. In urban areas they are found around warehouses, and residential buildings, while in agricultural areas they will take up residence in barns and crop fields. They tend to prefer to live in dry upper levels of buildings, so they are commonly found in wall cavities and false ceilings.
Roof rats are omnivorous and will feed on almost anything available to them. These rodents have been known to consume tree bark, meat and grain. Roof rats are also food hoarders, stashing supplies of food such as seeds and nuts.
These rodents reach sexually mature between two and five months and can produce four to six litters per year. Each litter can consist of six to eight baby rats and the typical rat and live for about 1 year. Roof rats are prodigious breeders. Females can breed year-round. Within a year, one female may be responsible for up to 40 new rodents.
Roof rats are highly adaptable. They prefer to live in high places, but may live in a variety of environments. They are nocturnal by nature and are accomplished climbers. In dense populations, roof rats will establish a social hierarchy, wherein dominant males mate more than subordinate males. Rats have the ability to hold many infectious diseases in their blood.
Signs of Roof Rat Infestation:
Visual sightings of live or dead rodents indicate rodent activity. If roof rats are seen exposed, it often indicates their hiding spaces are all filled by other rats or that they have been disturbed, such as by construction. Droppings are another good indicator of roof rat activity. Roof rat droppings are ½ inch long pointed ends. Often rat paths can have greasy marks are produced as the rodent travels along an edge, and the oils in their fur are deposited. Indoor nests usually are constructed in insulation such as in attics.
The first step in controlling a roof rat infestation is to properly identify the rodents. Roof rats have hairless, scaly tails that are longer than their heads and bodies. These rats are nocturnal and are excellent climbers.
To prevent a colony from nesting in your home, make sure that all the windows and vents are screened. Roof rats can also enter openings in walls, eaves and roof from the branches of trees. Trim all tree branches to further prevent entry