Rodents

Rodent Control in Santa Rosa 

Managing Rodent Problems in Napa, Sonoma & Marin Counties

Rats, mice, and other rodents are common pests in the Bay Area. These small mammals often enter homes and other buildings to escape harsh environmental conditions, find food or water, nest, and breed. Because they reproduce very quickly and in large quantities, a seemingly minor rodent problem can soon become a full-blown infestation. All it takes is one male and one female rodent to create a massive problem. 

At We Care Pest Solutions, we offer comprehensive rodent control in Santa Rosa and all of the surrounding areas. Our eco-friendly, effective solutions are designed to target pests while reducing risks to humans, pets, non-targeted organisms, and the general environment. In addition to ridding your home or business of rodents, we also employ proven techniques, such as integrated pest management, to prevent future infestations. 

Signs of a Rodent Infestation

While you may spot a mouse or rat in your home, it’s far more common to see rodent droppings. In fact, droppings are often the first sign of a rodent problem—and where there is one rodent, there are likely many more.

If you notice any of the following signs, you could have a rodent infestation: 

  • Droppings on the floor, in cupboards, in drawers, under sinks, and near food sources
  • Chew or gnaw marks on food packaging, as well as holes chewed through packages
  • Rodent nests or nesting material, such as shredded fabric, paper, or plant materials 
  • Unusual, stale odors coming from various areas, such as under sinks or behind walls
  • Scratching, clawing, or squeaking noises coming from inside walls, pipes, or other hidden areas
  • Holes with signs of chewing or scratching in the walls, doors, or floors of your home or business

If you actually see a mouse or rat in your home or commercial building, it’s possible that just one rodent has managed to enter your property. However, if you remove the mouse or rat and continue seeing signs of rodents, such as droppings, you most likely have an infestation. 

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Preventative Pest Control Measures

Instead of waiting for a pest infestation, it's essential to take preventative measures to keep your home or business pest-free. Our team at We Care Pest Solutions can provide proactive pest control services to help prevent pests from entering your property in the first place.

Some of the preventative pest control measures we offer include:

  • Sealing cracks and crevices to prevent entry
  • Installing screens on windows and doors
  • Regularly cleaning and maintaining your property
  • Removing potential food and water sources for pests
  • Using eco-friendly pest deterrents

By taking these preventative measures, you can save time, money, and stress by avoiding the need for extensive pest control treatments in the future.

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The Dangers of a Rodent Infestation 

Though many people keep mice and rats as pets, it’s a different story when undomesticated rodents enter your home or commercial property. Wild rodents can carry diseases, many of which can harm humans (and pets). Even breathing in contaminated air can transmit disease between rodents and humans. Being bitten or scratched by a wild rodent can also cause injury and disease, as can consuming food contaminated by mice or rats or coming into direct contact with rodent feces or urine. 

Some common diseases carried by wild rodents include: 

  • Hantavirus 
  • Salmonella
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)
  • Leptospirosis
  • Tularemia 

In addition to spreading disease, wild rodents can wreak havoc on your property. Excessive gnawing, chewing entry holes, and nesting can lead to structural damage, which may jeopardize your home's or commercial building's safety. This could ultimately cost you thousands of dollars in repairs and renovations. 

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How to get rid of rats 

Getting rid of rats typically involves a combination of preventive measures, trapping, and, in some cases, the use of rodenticides. Here are some steps you can take to get rid of rats in your home or business:

Seal Entry Points:

  • Rats can enter your home through small openings. Seal any cracks or holes in walls, floors, and foundation.
  • Check for gaps around doors and windows and install weather stripping.
  • Ensure that vents are covered with mesh screens.

Remove Food Sources:

  • Keep food stored in airtight containers.
  • Clean up crumbs and spills promptly.
  • Dispose of garbage in sealed bins.

Trim Vegetation:

  • Keep trees and vegetation away from the house, as rats can use them to access the roof.

Set Traps:

  • Use snap traps or live traps with bait (peanut butter, cheese, or dried fruit).
  • Place traps along walls and in areas where you've noticed rat activity.
  • Check traps regularly and dispose of captured rats promptly.

Use Rodenticides:

  • If traps alone are not effective, consider using rodenticides.
  • Follow safety guidelines carefully, especially if you have pets or children.
  • Be cautious, as rats that consume poison may die in hidden places.

Maintain a Clean Environment:

  • Regularly clean and declutter your living spaces.
  • Keep pet food stored securely.

Professional Extermination:

  • If the infestation is severe or persistent, consider hiring a professional pest control service.
  • Professionals can assess the situation and use more potent methods.

Monitor for Recurrence:

  • After successfully dealing with rats, continue to monitor for signs of infestation.
  • Make repairs promptly to prevent re-entry.

Remember, it's crucial to approach the issue systematically and safely. Using a combination of methods often yields the best results. Additionally, consider the potential impact on other animals and the environment when using traps or rodenticides. If you have concerns, seek advice from a pest control professional.

What to Do If You Have a Rodent Infestation 

If you believe you may have a rodent infestation at your home or commercial property, you should contact a professional pest control company. At We Care Pest Solutions, we can quickly come out to your property and assess the problem to determine if you have one or two wandering rodents or a large scale infestation. We offer a range of rodent control services in Santa Rosa and the nearby areas, all of which are designed to address the root of the problem and prevent unwanted pests from coming back. 

Our rodent control services include integrated pest management (IPM), a pest control strategy that combines various proven methods that, when combined, provide effective and long-lasting infestation management and prevention. Common methods used in IPM include biological control, environmental and habitat management, physical/mechanical controls, and strategies designed to curb reproduction, establishment, dispersal, and survival. In some cases, IPM may also include chemical control, or the use of safe pesticides that specifically target unwanted pests while reducing risks to people, pets, and non-targeted organisms. 

Call Our Rodent Control Experts Today for an Estimate

At We Care Pest Solutions, we develop custom pest control solutions to exterminate rodents and keep them from returning to your home or business. We have helped tens of thousands of customers throughout the Bay Area since 1998, including homeowners, apartment managers, restaurant owners, healthcare facility staff, and more. We encourage you to reach out to us today to learn how we can help you solve your mouse or rat problem with our effective Santa Rosa rodent control services. 

Call (707) 988-5780 or contact us here on our website to get started. We look forward to hearing from you and learning how we can help. 

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Check out our pest control FAQ to find answers to commonly asked questions. Can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 707-988-5780 today!

  • What animals are considered as rodents?

    Animals that are considered rodents typically have long front teeth that they use for gnawing and chewing. They also have short back legs, and their bodies are usually covered in fur. Some examples of rodents include mice, rats, squirrels, and beavers.

  • Are rodents poisonous?

    Not all rodents are poisonous. Some people keep them as pets, like hamsters and gerbils. But there are other kinds of rodents that can carry diseases that can make people sick. For example, rats can carry a disease called the bubonic plague, which was responsible for a lot of deaths during the Middle Ages.

  • What is the biggest rodent ever found?

    The biggest rodent ever found is the Capybara. It is a giant rodent that is native to South America. It can grow to be up to four feet long and weigh over 100 pounds.

  • How many babies can rats have?

    Rats can have a lot of babies. Some rats can have up to 12 babies at a time. That’s a lot of little rats!

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