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What You Need To Know – Rodent Infestations Are On The Rise!

This has been one of the toughest years for controlling rodents in Orange County we have ever seen. Homes and businesses that have never experienced rodent infestations in the past, are now being overrun by these pests.

For years, roof rats have been the most common rodent to infest homes and businesses, and they appear to be getting more aggressive than they were before.

Field mice are now becoming a big problem. This is something that we haven’t seen much of before. Homes, especially the newer homes that were built in more rural areas, appear to be prime targets for these pests.

No one knows for sure why this is happening. Based on the rise in activity, it would seem to indicate that the population numbers of rodents have increased.

Our current drought may be a factor. We’ve had very little rainfall in 2020 and one could argue that rodents are finding the irrigated landscaping around homes and businesses to be extra attractive during these dry days.

Others believe that our Covid19 pandemic may be the cause of increased roof rat infestations. It is a known fact that roof rats frequently visit trash containers for food, especially near restaurants. With so many businesses now closed and with their trash dumpsters left empty, these rodents are forced to find other sources of food. This may explain why so many are seeing rodents invade new communities as never before.

The good news is that you can keep these rodent pests from infesting most modern structures.

10 Tips To Keep Your

Home Rodent Free!

  1. Close all exterior doors before dusk, including garage doors. This is super important because these rodents become active after dark and they will gladly enter your home for food, water, and shelter. The evidence we’ve collected shows that most of the rodents found indoors have come through open doors.
  2. Check all exterior doors to make sure they are tightly sealed. Any gaps larger than 1/4th of an inch will provide space for rodent entry. For gaps at the bottom of doors, we recommend metal door sweeps and/or the installation of new thresholds.
  3. Check any pet doors. If these doors are not functioning properly, they will provide easy rodent access. We strongly recommend some of the newer pet doors that are equipped with magnets to keep them closed when not in use.
  4. Store garbage in sound, metal or plastic city containers with tight lids. Please do this so you won’t invite all of the rodents in your neighborhood to dine at your house every night.

Trim your trees and vegetation. Nine out of ten rodent infestations we see are caused by overgrown trees and vegetation. Trees must be cut back at least four feet away from the house, with no branches hanging over the roof. Shrubs and vines should be kept four feet below the roofline.

  1. Discourage rodents from living too close to your home by trimming or removing vegetation around its foundation. It is a good idea to crop the bottoms of shrubs and other plants to create an open space below them so the rodents have no place to hide. You may also have to move bird feeders and kennels away from your house.
  2. Remove any long-term clutter or debris to reduce nesting opportunities for rodents.
  3. Check exterior attic, garage and subarea vents. These should all be covered with 20-gauge wire screen of 1/4th inch mesh to exclude rodents.
  4. Check air conditioning lines leading into homes, and clothes dryer vents. The lines from air conditioners frequently have large holes going through the wall that allow for easy rodent access. Any holes around these lines should be sealed with mortar or wire mesh. Vents for clothes dryers that are damaged and/or have the vent doors stuck in the open position will also provide easy access into the home. These vents must be repaired or replaced to keep the rodents out.
  5. Repair holes in exterior walls with mortar. Wire mesh can be rammed into small holes as a temporary measure to keep out rodents.

How To Get Rid Of Mice And Rats
1. The first thing you should do is to complete the 10 steps listed above. There are a lot of mice and rats in Orange County and there is no way you’ll ever be able to catch them all. The real secret of effective rodent control is to keep them out of your home or business so you don’t have to spend the rest of your life chasing them!
2. Do not use poisonous baits on the inside of your home! I know, I know – The guys at the hardware store will always tell you to put out some of their “magic” mouse or rat bait and once they eat it, they will get thirsty and go outside to die. However, in the real world, that doesn’t always happen. We frequently have to go out to a lot of homes and businesses to remove mice and rats that have been poisoned. Ask anyone that has had to endure the foul odor of a dead rodent and they will all agree that you shouldn’t use poisonous baits on the inside!
3. We highly recommend you use “old fashioned” wooden snap traps! They will take a bit more effort but they are well worth it. The secret to good trapping is to place the traps in a runway where the mice and rats frequent. Remember, mice and rats have very poor vision and always follow walls and surfaces with their whiskers. Please note that if you place the trap away from their pathway, they may never even see it, much less step on it.
4. You may want to place rodent bait stations on the exterior of your home to help control the rat population. This works especially well in areas where the rodent population is high. However, bait stations should never be installed unless your home is rodent proofed, first!

Need help with rodent control? Call our office at (949) 631-7348 and we’ll schedule an appointment at your convenience.