Rodent Prevention in Orange County
This land is Rats land!
Rodent Prevention is more than just setting a few traps and hoping for the best. Unfortunately, rats are smart, and they quickly find access points that you might never consider. Part of our job is to locate and close off all the rodent access points to prevent them from entering your home.
Did you know that roof rats, which are a big problem in Orange County, can get into homes, garages, sheds, attics and other structures through any opening slightly larger than a nickel? To create a barrier, we use mortar to seal off all openings and permanently block rodent access.
Another successful method is bait stations. Because mice and rats love to eat, bait stations are useful for monitoring the exterior of your home and quickly locating rodent activity. These stations are also helpful in attracting rats away from the house.
All in all, rodent infestation is not fun, and can cost you precious time, energy and your sanity trying to solve it on your own! That’s why more OC homeowners turn to OC Pest Control than any other company for dealing with rodent problems quickly, effectively and economically. One simple phone call can clear out your rodents for good!
The #1 Mouse in OC
From the pristine beach communities of San Clemente to the beautiful hillside neighborhoods of La Habra, and everything in between, mice have found their way into our homes. Here are the kinds of mice you’ll find in OC.
House Mice are one of the most common types of mice in Orange County. They are greyish-brown, small and slender with large ears, hairless tails, small black eyes and pointed noses. They look for foods high in protein, sugar and fat, but will eat nearly anything, especially grain, seeds, butter, bacon and chocolate. Due to nest building, House Mice usually cause damage to wiring and insulation in attics, walls and appliances, resulting in expensive repairs and even fire hazards. While a House Mouse might be seen semi-frequently during the day, it is a nocturnal rodent. It nests in any protected area, building a balled-up nest from paper or other fibrous materials, generally about the size of your hand.
Deer Mice are prevalent in OC, but mainly in rural areas, as they prefer to avoid humans. They resemble House Mice in many ways, except that their fur closely imitates the coloration of deer fur, and they have a bicolored tail: light on the bottom and dark on top. Deer mice eat bugs, berries, seeds, nuts and small fruits and are generally herbivores. Better planners than House Mice, Deer Mice store supplies of food in their nests. A Deer Mouse can get access and store food in virtually any type of building due to it’s small size; yet it isn’t usually found in urban areas without adjacent fields/parks. To build their nests, Deer Mice destroy many types of household materials, including mattresses, furniture, clothing and paper goods.
OC has plenty of other “rodents” — a term referring to mammals with large front teeth and chewing side teeth. No matter the variety, destruction and annoyance is what they have in common, as all of them eat gardens and crops, damage buildings, lawns and textiles, and steal food. A few of the most frequently seen include: Norway Rats, Roof Rats, Voles, Tree Squirrels and Kangaroo Rats.
Act Quickly to Save Money
Experts agree that, if you live in Southern California, you need to have your home professionally inspected for termites every year. Approximately 60% to 80% of SoCal homes are infested with termites, so it’s no surprise that there are currently at least 1.5 million termite
inspections occurring statewide. But the most alarming number is that 95% of those inspections reveal evidence of local or widespread termite infestation. That’s why Californians annually spend an estimated $2 billion on treatment. And considering that the national total is estimated at $5 billion in property damage annually, it underscores just how pervasive this problem is for Californians, in particular.
As a homeowner, termite inspection and treatment is considered part of your standard maintenance, therefore homeowners insurance policies typically do not cover termite damage. So it follows that you are far better off taking action immediately if you suspect termite activity or see any of the signs. Delaying the decision to manage your termite infestation means increased costs, as termites can quickly accelerate the damage from bad to worse. OC Pest Control can help protect your home from further damage while completely eliminating an existing colony of termites. Otherwise, as your home is eaten from the inside out by these wood-consuming pests, neglecting to treat an infestation of termites can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars.
Our free Termite & Repair Estimates include property inspection, infestation identification, explanation of treatment options and repair options as well as a free report. Of course, some inspections may not be free, depending on the size of the structure and other unknown or unique variables, so call us for details. The inspection will result in a recommended treatment plan. Because we understand that every house is different, we can also develop a custom treatment plan to ensure that your home is properly treated and repaired! Click here for our price chart.
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Health Concerns in OC
Rodents, and mice in particular, can transmit many diseases to humans, including Salmonellosis (food poisoning), Rickettsialpox, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis and Hantavirus. Associated with Deer Mice, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) can be transmitted through air-borne “contact” with rat feces; in other words, inhaling the dust. Critical care should be employed when collecting or disposing of droppings, or when cleaning an infested area. Mice can also transmit tapeworms, leptospirosis, ratbite fever as well as organisms that can cause ringworm (a fungal skin disease) in humans.