While there are a number of pests that could infest your Los Angeles property, some of the most common home-invading pests in the area are rodents. Not only do rodents often make their way inside of Los Angeles homes and businesses, but once they do, they can cause all sorts of damage and spread harmful diseases as well. Because of this, it is important for you to know what your options are should your property become infested by these unwanted pests.
Identifying Common Area Rodents
Throughout the world, there are more than 1,500 different living species of rodents. Here in Los Angeles, however, the two you are most likely to encounter are rats and mice.
Rats, the larger of the two, can grow to be up to nine inches long, not including their tails. They are typically black, brown, or gray in color. Mice, on the other hand, only grow to be a few inches long at most, and are typically brown or dust gray with cream-colored bellies. While rats have long tails and small ears that are devoid of fur, mice have short tails and larger ears that are covered in a felt-like fur.
Both rats and mice (and all rodents for that matter) have large front incisors. These teeth grow constantly throughout their lives. As a result, rodents need to constantly chew on objects so that their teeth do not overgrown.
Dangers Posed By Rodent Infestations
Because rodents need to constantly chew on objects to prevent their teeth from growing too long, when they get inside of homes, they can cause all sorts of costly damage. That’s because the objects they choose to gnaw on could be your belongings or even your home itself. They have been known to chew through wiring, drywall, PVC piping, and just about any other objects they can get their mouths around.
In addition to causing damage, rodents are also known to spread a wealth of diseases and other harmful bacteria and pathogens. Not only do they carry these diseases themselves, but they can contaminate other surfaces and even food with their feces, urine, and saliva. Some diseases that rodents have been known to spread include hantavirus, plague, Lassa fever, rat-bite fever, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, LCM, and tularemia.
Unfortunately, causing damage and spreading diseases aren’t the only threats posed by rodent infestations. Rodents can also introduce other parasitic pests into a home, carrying pests such as fleas, ticks, and mites on their bodies. They can then spread these parasites inside of your home should they get inside.
Finally, rodents can be extremely challenging to get rid of once they get into a home. That’s because they are prolific breeders, which means their infestations are almost constantly growing. Pair this with the fact that rodents are smart animals, and you’ll understand why traditional rodent control solutions such as traps aren’t really all that effective. However, there are more effective rodent control solutions that you can utilize to keep your property safe.
The Most Effective Solution For Total Rodent Control
If rodents infest your Los Angeles property, don’t waste your time and energy trying to get rid of them yourself. Instead, call the pros here at Excel Pest Management and let us take care of the problem for you. Our trained pest technicians are fully equipped with all the necessary equipment, and they have the experience and expertise required to effectively eliminate any rodent infestation with which you are dealing. Don’t let rodents spread diseases around your property. Give us a call today for rodent control services!