Most residents in the El Cajon area experience a rodent problem at some point. Rodents are notorious for getting into homes and creating large families. You need to get to the rats and mice before this happens.
Mice and Rats in El Cajon, California
Along with being disgusting, rats and mice can also pose a health hazard to your family. El Cajon rodents can carry the following diseases:
- Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome
- Lassa Fever
- Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis
- Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever
Even if a rodent doesn’t carry a disease, they’re not something you want crawling around in your home. Rodents will try to raid your food, and may contaminate it in the process. Nothing will stop a rat. It will chew through anything on its way to food. Rats will even chew through walls if they think there is food on the other side.
Now, they don’t have to chew a very large hole because they can squeeze through tiny holes. In fact, mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel while rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar. This is usually how mice and rats originally get into a home or business. They have squeezed through some tiny hole that no one noticed.
That is why it is very important that any rodent control measures include finding the gaps and holes that allowed entry in the first place. This is a service that our El Cajon rodent control specialists can perform for you. Below is a list of common places to find holes in your home that can be used by a mouse or rat. They includee:
- Lower corners of your attic
- Around doors
- Around your water pipes
- Around the fireplace
- Inside the attic
- Under kitchen cabinets
We have found that steel wool is one of the most effective materials for closing these gaps. For large holes, we find that metal sheeting, lath metal or hardware cloth is the most effective. Flashing near the base of your home is another alternative that’s available.
We know this sounds like a lot to do, but don’t worry. Our El Cajon rodent control experts can get rid of any existing rodent problem and help prevent future ones. Just give us a call at (619) 565-1615 to schedule your consultation.