Dealing with Rodent Infestations in Orange County

Trouble with rodents in or around your home? It’s not uncommon here in Orange County, where high human population and a gentle climate make it easy for mice and rats to thrive both indoors and outside.

If you suspect that you’re dealing with a rodent problem, don’t wait another second. Call Preferred Pest Control today at (714) 486-2637 for helpful information and a free estimate.

Types of Rodents in Orange County

Orange County is home to a diverse group of rodents, from the common house mouse and house rat to the kangaroo rat and dusky-footed woodrat – not to mention various types of squirrels and gophers.

Rodents are drawn to people’s homes for a variety of reasons. Like any other animal, they’re always seeking food and shelter – preferably a warm, snug hole in the wall or a place to burrow. As tiny creatures, rodents don’t need to eat much to survive, and even small amounts of household food waste and garbage can provide a veritable buffet for them.

As pest control professionals, we always see an uptick in rodent infestations when the temperatures outside begin to drop. A warm house is so appealing to a freezing mouse or rat that they’ll be more likely to set aside their fear of humans, and to move into your home as soon as an opportunity presents itself. And because food is scare during the winter months, rodents will be especially drawn to any “tasty” smells that they detect from your kitchen or garbage bins.

The Dangers of Rodent Infestations

Some people find squirrels, mice, and even rats to be cute and cuddly. Others are more squeamish about them. But regardless of your personal feelings towards them, the fact is that rodents don’t belong in your walls, garage, or attic.

Mice, rats, and other rodents have oversized front teeth designed for gnawing, and a strong instinct to chew. Left unchecked, they can cause serious damage to walls and furniture around the home, and even compromise a building’s structural integrity.

Rodents are also infamous for carrying bacteria and diseases that can be seriously harmful to humans, particularly children and the elderly. They may host fleas that spread further viruses. If they gain access to your dry goods, they can quickly contaminate large amounts of food as well.

How to Prevent Rodent Infestations

Keeping rodents out of your home is tougher than you might expect. Mice and rats have ribs that are loosely hinged at the spine, allowing them to squeeze through surprisingly small holes or under door frames.

The best way to prevent rodent infestations from occurring is to make your home less appealing from a mouse or rat’s point of view. That means keeping your living space as pristine as possible, cleaning up any spilled food/drinks and keeping a tight lid on your dry goods. Garbage bins should be emptied on a regular basis, and your curbside bins should also be fitted with a secure lid.

If you see signs that rodents have already moved into your home, the best thing you can do is to call in the pest control professionals. Rodents are some of the most adaptable creatures on the planet, and they multiply quickly, making the problem hard to control on your own. Pest control specialists are trained not only to quickly find and remove your unwelcome houseguests, but also to identify the original point of entry, and can help you take steps to avoid a future infestation.

Why take our word for it? Here’s what a recent customer had to say:

This was the forth time I have had Preferred out to our Old Tustin house over the past two years. Each time I am greeted by an extremely experienced technician who is very articulate and professional in how he goes about doing his job. Today, Leo was every part of that and more!! He did a thorough inspection of our home to determine where the rodents are gaining access to our structure. He provided several solutions to help eliminate our problem one of which involved a temporary maintenance program. I highly recommend Preferred Pest for any pest problems you’re encountering. – Rich N. Newport Beach, CA

An inspection by our licensed Preferred Pest Control professional is required before any treatments can be performed.

Call today for a Rodent Removal Quote: (714) 486-2637

Preferred General Contracting & Exterminating – Orange County, California

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