You probably will not know you have rodents in your house until they have been around for a while. Then you will notice little holes chewed in the corner of a box of breakfast cereal and right through the bag inside. Or you will see droppings in the corner of the pantry. Because the critters are living within the walls of your home or in the back of a storage area or closet you have not noticed them. Maybe you have a cat. And maybe the cat keeps the rodent problem under partial control because the mice and rats avoid your cat. But, these guys are eating your food, drinking your (leaked) water, and perhaps carrying diseases you would just as soon not catch.
Call Cal Termite and Pest Control if you have a rodent problem. We have the experience to rid your home of these pests and make sure that they stay away, forever! There are three types of rodents in Southern California.
Rattus rattus, The Roof Rat
The adult roof rat is black or dark gray rat and is about eight inches long. They travel along high beams, rain gutters, and power lines. The come into buildings, like your home, when it gets cold outside. This scaly-tailed rat is a biter.
Rattus norvegicus, The Sewer Rat
This animal is also called the Norway rat and is the largest rodent that lives around humans. The sewer rat lives in sewers or in a burrow in the ground. They stay within a hundred feet of their homes, which are always close to where humans live. They will enter a home in search of food and may seem friendly. This is not the case. They are wild animals and they have a very strong bite. And, because they may be carrying diseases, be very careful.
Diseases carried by the sewer rat include viral hemorrhagic fever, Q fever, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, cryptosporidiosis, Coxiella burnetii, rat bite fever, Toxoplasmosis and Weil’s disease.
Mus Musclus, The House Mouse
And adult house mouse is at most four inches long with a four-inch long tail. Despite the fact that this animal is rather cute, it is a wild animal that will contaminate the food in your pantry and spread diseases. Diseases carried by the house mouse include lymphocytic choriomeningitis, bubonic plague, rickettsialpox, murine typhus, and leptospirosis.
Ridding Your Home and Life of Rodents
Ask Cal Termite and Pest Control to come and take a look if you even think you have a problem with rats or the house mouse.
We start with a very thorough inspection of your home. Rats and mice are extremely good at hiding out. Nest materials, claw and gnawing marks, and dropping are the first clues. We know where to set traps as well as glue boards and self-resetting live traps. We also use bait stations. The most important aspect of our services is that we will send a supervisor back every two or three days until the critters are taken care of. In addition, we will advise you regarding any repairs you need to make to keep new rodents from entering your home.