2 Important Things to Know About Rodent Control
Once rodents are in the home, they are notoriously difficult to get rid of. They are social animals, and they can breed very quickly. Rodents are also great at hiding in the dark crevices of your home, and it could be a while before you know you have a problem. By then, you already have a severe issue to contend with.
There are two things you need to be aware of as a homeowner to avoid serious rat infestations. The first is that all homes have some vulnerability where rats and mice could take advantage of getting into your home.
Once you know that your home is vulnerable, you can get to work to tighten things up to make it difficult, if not nearly impossible, for rodents to get in.
The process of fortifying your home is called Rodent Exclusion. Exclusion is the process of inspecting your home and finding all those vulnerabilities and fixing them. The problem is that as the homeowner, you may overlook the serious issues your home has.
You may know that there is a ripped screen on a window on the second floor, but it never really made your radar or got to the top of the list of things that needed to be fixed. You may not even realize there are also things like having a tree too close to your home with branches close enough for rats to get to your roof very easily.
When you call Pinnacle Pest Control for a Rodent Exclusion Inspection, we are coming in with fresh eyes and years of experience. We will find every issue in your home and recommend a remediation plan.
The second thing you need to know is the signs of an active infestation. If you know the signs, you have a much better chance of finding an issue before it gets out of hand.
The main things you need to look out for are the following:
- Rodent droppings around food packages, in drawers or cupboards, and under the sink.
- Nesting material such as shredded paper, fabric, or dried plant matter.
- Signs of chewing on food packaging.
- Holes chewed through walls and floors that create entry points into the home.
- Stale smells coming from hidden areas.
In the Sacramento area, the vast majority of rodent cases involve Roof Rats, so the clues you are looking for will be higher up in the home. A Norway Rat infestation will be more in basements or the lower levels of your home. While it is good to know the signs of different rats, if you have a rat problem, the chances are it will be Roof Rats. Don’t ignore your basement, but focus more on your attic.
Whether you know the signs of a rat infestation or not, if you even think that you may have an issue, do not hesitate to call us. We will come to you and inspect your home, not only for rats but also for any pests lurking in the dark crevices and corners of your home. If we do not find anything, we can still discuss our exclusion services and an ongoing plan to treat the perimeter of your home so your home stays rodent and pest free, and you can keep your family safe.