Rodent Control in Sacramento
We Provide Rat Removal and Extermination Services
In recent years, the state of California has seen an increase in rat and mice infestations. If you have seen a rat or mouse in your home, there could be several more out of sight. Even if you have not seen a live rodent, you could suspect that they are in your home. If you think you may have a rat or mice infestation, then you can look for common signs of infestation.
Common Signs of Mice Infestation
You may have rodents in your home if you find any of the following signs:
- Rodent droppings or urine stains
- Sounds in the attic, basement, walls, or across your floor
- Grease marks on baseboards or walls from rat or mice fur
- Chewed or damaged food packaging
- Musky, stale odor
Outdoor signs that you may have a rodent infestation include:
- Nests near wood, trash, compost or mulch piles
- Holes, cracks or gaps in the property foundation or roof
- Burrowing near the property foundation
The Importance of Rodent Control
Both rats and mice are avid breeders, so an infestation can get out of hand without a homeowner knowing. Once you know or suspect that you have rodents in your home, you should contact a professional pest control company to help. Unfortunately, sharing your home with rodents is a problem for multiple reasons: they are known to carry diseases and they can cause serious damage to your property.
Rat Infestation Health Risks
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rodents spread more than 35 diseases worldwide. Rodents can spread diseases to humans through handling, direct contact with feces or urine and scratch or bite wounds. Rodents can also spread diseases through infected fleas or ticks that have fed on them.
In California, it is rare to acquire a disease or infection from a rodent. However, the risks are present. Our Sacramento rat control company recommends that homeowners do not try to get rid of rats or mice alone. Coming into direct or indirect contact with rodents could cause:
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). HPS is a lung disease that can be transmitted through direct contact with rodent feces or urine, breathing in dust that has been contaminated by rodent feces or urine, or through a direct bite wound. Though rare, HPS can be a serious or fatal condition.
Plague. The plague can be transmitted through close contact with an infected rodent or through indirect contact with an infected flea or tick. Symptoms include fever and swollen lymph nodes. Though the plague can be treated with antibiotics, it can still be dangerous for individuals who are immunocompromised.
Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can be transmitted to humans through direct contact or ingestion of rodent urine. The infection can cause a variety of symptoms including fever, red eyes and chills. It can be treated with antibiotics.
Eating Food Contaminated by Mice
Along with warm shelter, the search for food and water is one of the main reasons rats or mice will enter your home. Unfortunately, when foraging for food in your home, fecal matter can contaminate your food or your pet’s food and leave you or your pet at risk for becoming sick:
Salmonellosis. If rodents get into your food, you and your family could be at risk for Salmonellosis, or salmonella. Salmonellosis is a gastrointestinal infection caused by consuming food contaminated by animal feces. Symptoms include diarrhea, severe cramps and fever.
Rat-bite fever. Rat-bite fever is a disease that can cause joint pain, fever and rash. It can be treated with antibiotics. Though rat-bite fever can be transmitted through a direct rat scratch or bite, it can also be transmitted through the ingestion of food or water that has been contaminated by rat droppings.
In addition to health risks, rodents can be a serious threat to your home’s structural integrity. Rodents like warm, secluded areas to build their nests. Rats and mice can chew through wood, brick and even soft concrete. Any gaps or holes in your property’s foundation or roof could be an entry point for unwelcome rodents.
If rodents find a consistent food source, they may decide to build their nests or burrows in your home. Rodents will gather many types of materials to build their nests. After gaining entry into your home, everything from cardboard boxes to your favorite shirt become potential building materials:
Insulation. Some rodents will burrow or nest inside insulation. Other rodents will use it as a soft material for their nest.
Electrical wires. Rodents may chew through the protective covering of electrical wires when searching for nest materials or when burrowing in walls or appliances. If electrical wires become unprotected, they present a fire hazard. If rodents chew through your electrical wires, it could cause power outages or other electrical issues.
PVC pipes. Rodents can chew through PVC pipes looking for water or when burrowing. If your PVC pipes become compromised, your property could be at risk for water damage.
Furniture and your personal belongings. Rodents will nest in furniture or use its fabric as a material for their nest. Rodents will also use clothing, cardboard and papers as nesting materials.
I Have a Rat in My House: How Our Pest Control Company Can Help
If you know you have rats or mice in your Sacramento-area home, we recommend that you contact a professional Sacramento pest control company. If you have a rodent problem, time is of the essence. When you call our Sacramento rat exterminators for rat or mice removal, we’ll use our step-by-step process to figure out where the rodents are living and how they are getting into your home.
One of the first steps to controlling a rodent infestation is to prevent more rodents from entering your home. We can help you work toward protecting your home from reentry. Once we know the severity of your rodent problem, we can schedule regular visits to remove rats or mice from your property and spray for pests. We offer monthly and bi-monthly services to ensure that your home is rodent-free.