Why Rodent Infestations In San Diego Need To Be Dealt With

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Having rodents in your home is not something that can be ignored. While some people may keep certain breeds of rodents as pets, the kind that can invade your home should be treated as a serious problem. At Allswell Here, we have years of experience providing custom pest control in San Diego. We know exactly how to eliminate all rodents from your Southern California home. 

How Do I Identify A Rodent Problem In My Home?

Many types of rodents commonly cause problems for home and business owners, which include the Norway rat, the roof rat, and the house mouse. No matter which type has found its way into your home, all rodents tend to leave the same basic clues that let you know they are there. Some of the telltale signs that you may notice if you have a rodent problem in your home could include:

  • Rodent droppings: Rodents can defecate 50 to 100 times a day. Mice leave black or dark brown-colored droppings that are about ¼ of an inch long. Rat droppings look the same, but they are much bigger. The average size of a rat dropping is about half an inch to ¾ of an inch long.
  • Holes in the wall: Both rats and mice will chew anything they can. Their teeth never stop growing, so they have to gnaw on things to keep the growth in check. If you have rodents in your home, you may notice gnaw marks on your walls or small to medium-sized holes in your cabinets, furniture, and any other non-metal surface.
  • Strong odor: Mice and rats both leave a strong musky odor in any area where they have been staying. If you notice an unfamiliar musky odor that continues to get stronger each day, there are likely rodents in your home.
  • Unfamiliar sounds coming from your walls: Rodents are known for being able to fit in tight spaces. They will commonly travel behind your walls and in your ceiling. If you hear any high-pitched squeaking sounds or scratching sounds coming from your wall or ceiling, it is time to inspect your home for rodents.

If you have a dog or cat living in your home, you may want to see if they start acting strange. Many times, a pet will be able to pick up on strange odors and sounds before people notice anything odd. 

How Dangerous Is It To Have Rodents In My House?

It can be extremely dangerous to have these pests in your home and on your property. Rodents can climb into your walls and chew on the electrical wiring in your home, which could be a potential fire hazard. They have also been known to crawl under the hood of your car and chew on the wires and other vital components of your vehicle. 

In addition to being destructive, wild rodents can also spread a wide range of diseases, which includes leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, and hantavirus. Some people think that mice and rats are cute and harmless animals, but these are not the same types of domesticated animals that you can buy in a pet store. A wild rodent that comes into your home should never be treated like a pet. 

Why Do I Have Rodents In My House?

Rodents will come into your house to look for food, shelter, and water. Oftentimes, they are attracted to a person's home because they can smell the garbage can or pet food that is left outside. To prevent attracting rodents to your home, you should keep a tight lid on your outdoor trash cans and keep all food, including pet food, in a metal or glass container that has a sealable lid. Rodents are also drawn to homes for water and shelter, so addressing leaks and drips as well as sealing up potential access points are important steps to take. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Rodents In My House And Keep Them Out?

If you think that you have rodents in your San Diego home, the best thing to do is to hire a professional. At Allswell Here, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to rodent control. When you call us, we will come out and perform a thorough inspection of the property. Then, our specially trained technicians will come up with a customized plan that will not only eliminate the rodents from your home but also prevent future infestations. Give us a call today to see how we can help you!