Rodent Sanitation in Orange County
Here’s the Scoop on Poop
Rodent Sanitation is more than simply picking up rat droppings and hoping for the best. Unfortunately, rats make a mess, and you can’t just walk away from it once they’re evicted and call it good. If a rodent has been making his home in yours for any amount of time, the droppings are pervasive, not just in the nesting area. Our job is to find everything, down to the last drop, and dispose of it in a way that doesn’t compromise your health and safety.
Toxic Turd: Rodents, and mice in particular, can transmit many diseases to humans, including Salmonellosis (food poisoning), Rickettsialpox, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis and Hantavirus. Deer Mice, common in Orange County, carry Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). The disease can be transmitted through air-borne “contact” with rat feces; in other words, inhaling the dust. Critical care must be employed when collecting or disposing of droppings, or when cleaning an infested area, as stirring up the dust is hazardous. Mice can also transmit tapeworms, leptospirosis, ratbite fever as well as organisms that can cause ringworm (a fungal skin disease) in humans.
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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 likely need to have your home professionally inspected for rodents at some point. Approximately 40% to 60% of SoCal homes are infested with rodents, so it’s no surprise that there are currently at least 1 million rodent
treatments occurring statewide. But the most alarming number is that 70% of those treatments reveal evidence of local or widespread rodent habitation. That’s why Californians annually spend an estimated $1 billion on treatment. And considering that the national total is estimated at $3 billion in property damage annually, it underscores just how pervasive this problem is for Californians, in particular.
As a homeowner, rodent inspection and treatment is considered part of your standard maintenance, therefore homeowners insurance policies typically do not cover rodent damage. So it follows that you are far better off taking action immediately if you suspect rodent activity or see any of the signs. Delaying the decision to manage your rodent infestation means increased costs, as rodents multiply quickly, accelerating the damage from bad to worse. OC Pest Control can help protect your home from further damage while completely eliminating an existing habitation of rodents. Otherwise, as your home and property are damaged by these food-stealers, neglecting to treat rodents can end up costing thousands of dollars.
We can help! We’ll locate the nests and systematically eliminate every rodent, carefully disposing of the toxic feces and cleaning all nested areas. We’ll also clean and sanitize the mess left behind by rodents, and repair the damage they’ve caused inside walls, attics and underground, including insulation replacement and rewiring. In fact, the only thing we can’t repair is damaged furniture. We understand that every rodent problem is unique, so we’ll work to develop a custom treatment plan to ensure that your home is properly treated, repaired and made off-limits to rodents off all kinds!
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Your Success is Ours
One of the reasons for our success is that we love what we do. In fact, we’re kinda passionate about it! We believe our obsession with bug management has helped make Orange County a better place to live, work and play, and we’ve got thousands of satisfied customers who agree. We figured out early on that, if we do whatever it takes to make a customer happy, it’s improves our bottom line. Maybe not directly, and certainly not always immediately. But, over time, as we’ve consistently applied this principal, we’ve experienced steady, healthy growth and enjoyed a great reputation in the extermination business and as an organization in general. Sure, we have to admit that it’s sometimes only about our crazy affection for eliminating pests from your home, chasing rodents from your attic, convincing bees to move out, exposing and conquering termites where they hide, squashing cockroaches, annihilating ants, and disintegrating bed bugs. What’s not to like about all that? But at the end of the day, that means very little if we don’t make you smile, or at least sigh in relief. So, bring on the worst you’ve got. We’ve seen it all and we won’t flinch. We’ll put on our big-boy (and big-girl) pants and get to work, and we wont stop til you’re happy. That’s how we’ve built a reputation for being the exterminator authority in Orange County.