Rodent Control

grey rat closeupDo you hear the sound of scurrying animals in your attic? Do you find droppings in your kitchen? Rodents may be the problem. Rodents common to Southern California include several types of rats, mice, squirrels, chipmunks, gophers and voles. Each species can cause extensive damage to property and spread disease. Once established, rodents are very difficult to get rid of. If you have a rodent problem, a professional pest service is the best resource for removal and management.

Rat Infestations

Southern California has two common types of rats, the roof rat and the Norway rat. Rats spread disease, cause damage to property and crops and contaminate food. If you think you have rats, it is important to identify which type is present because treatment plans vary for each type. Pest control technicians are trained to notice tell-tale signs that identify the species.

Norway rats are brown, stocky rodents that burrow in earth along foundations, in gardens, in compost piles and in wood storage areas. Inside, they prefer basements and lower levels. Roof rats are dark grey, agile climbers and nest in roofs, trees, walls and cabinets. Both types invade kitchens to eat grains, nuts and fruit. They enter buildings through sewer lines and surface in toilets or drains. Norway rats have up to 20 offspring a year. Roof rats have up to 40 offspring a year.

Both types chew through electrical wires, plastic and wood. They scavenge insulation in walls and ceilings. Norway rats can cause severe damage to gardens and landscaping. Both types spread infectious diseases including typhus, bubonic plague, leptospirosis, parasites and salmonellosis. Bites and contaminated food or water can cause ratbite fever, which can be fatal if not treated.

Rat Eradication

Premium Termite and Pest Control uses integrated pest management strategies to identify, kill and control rats and other rodents. We inspect your property to find points of entry, nesting places and sources of food. We devise a multi-stage treatment plan to remove food sources, control entry and remove nests. Traps are the preferred method. Traps can be set in secluded areas near sources of food and water.

If the infestation is severe, baits may be necessary. When baits are used, rodents can die in inaccessible areas such as within walls or attics, creating a bad smell. Fleas and parasites leave the body and invade the home. Our technicians are trained in the safe use of rodenticides. Technicians are able to place baits in strategic locations for best results.

If you think you have a rodent problem, call Premium Termite and Pest Control today. We serve all of Southern California including Long Beach, Lancaster, San Diego and Santa Barbara. We adhere to the safe use of pest control products as advised by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of California. We offer annual protection plans that guarantee eradication. Call and speak to one of our trained technicians about how to get rid of rodents on your property.