If you live in the San Diego area, chances are pretty high that you’ll have some type of rodent problem at some point. Once they are in your home they’re going to look to expand their family and build a large nest. You will want a rodent control professional to get rid of them before they have a chance to do this.
Mice and Rats in San Diego, California
Not only are most people disgusted by the thought of rats or mice in their homes, but these rodents also pose a number of health threats. According to the CDC, rodents can carry the following diseases:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Rat-Bite Fever
Clearly, not all rodents will carry diseases. However, rodents can still be a nuisance around your home because they chew on everything. Rats and mice will often chew on electric wires and try to raid your stash of food. They will chew through practically anything when trying to get to the food. Rats will even chew through walls if they think there is food on the other side.
Now, they don’t have to chew a very large hole because they can squeeze through tiny holes. In fact, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half-dollar. This is usually how mice and rats originally get into a home or business. They have squeezed through some tiny hole that no one noticed. That is why it is very important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place. This is a service that our San Diego Pest Control specialists can perform for you.
Below is a list of common places to find holes in your home that can be used by a mouse or rat. The common areas are:
- Around doors
- Around the pipes under sinks and washing machines
- Near floor vents
- Between the wall and floor juncture
- In your attic
- Inside closets near the floor corners
Fill any small holes and gaps you find with steel wool which is kept in place with caulking around the edges. For large holes, we find that metal sheeting, lath metal or hardware cloth is the most effective. Flashing near the base of your home is another alternative that’s available. This probably sounds overwhelming, but don’t fret. Not only can our San Diego rodent control professionals get rid of your existing rodent problem, but they can prevent future mice and rats from being able to enter your home. Call (858) 609-6858 today to schedule an appointment.