Norway rats are the most common rat found around southern California. From snout to tail, they measure about 10 inches long. These rats depend on an acute sense of hearing and have a highly developed olfactory sense. If you have open space near your home, rats may seek sources of food, water or shelter in your house. Tall trees near your roof or wood piles stacked next to the house can help rodents gain access inside your home, garage or attic. They can also squeeze through small openings in the eaves around your home as they only need about 1 inch of space to fit. Rats can also make a mess of your home and carry other pests like fleas into your yard. Fruit trees, shrubs and ice plant can hide nests and provide a source of food for their young. If left untreated, a female rodent can have up to 160 babies a year and the infestation becomes difficult to control.
To effectively treat a rodent problem, Southland Pest Control uses a variety of methods to gain control over the infestation. First, a technician will inspect your property for entrance points. If rodents are found in the home, the technician will use bait to attract them away from the structure. Once rodents are out of the home, the technician will proof and block all potential openings for the rodents. If a clean-out is needed, the technician will also remove any droppings or nest material.
Southland Pest Control guarantees all work done around your home. If an exclusion service was performed during your rodent service, Southland will guarantee the service for 12 months. Southland Pest Control recommends starting a preventative maintenance program after your first service to prevent future infestations. Our preventative services are available on a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly basis.