Keeping Rodents Out: Expert Control Strategies For Sacramento Properties

December 16, 2023

Rodents are animals that have learned to rely on people and our properties for many of their essential needs. They are intelligent, adaptable, and opportunistic, making them a threat to all our Sacramento properties. 

To help you keep rodents from becoming comfortable around you and your family, we have compiled a guide highlighting helpful information regarding rodents. The more you understand about these common pests, the more effectively you can work with a professional to deter their presence. 

Read on to learn about the effective rodent control in Sacramento that ProServ Pest Management offers.  


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Common Rodent Species: Identifying Different Types Of Rodents

The types of rodents most likely to invade our Sacramento properties are the house mouse, field mouse, Norway rat, and roof rat. 

  • The house mouse is a small rodent with an oval body and triangular head. Brown or gray fur usually covers their body. They are the most common rodent to become comfortable inside our homes.
  • The field mouse is another small rodent with reddish-brown fur covering the top of their body and whitish fur on the body and legs. These mice are usually an issue in more rural areas as they prefer to live in open, grassy areas.
  • The Norway rat is a large, heavy-bodied rodent that prefers to live at ground level. Coarse brown fur covers its body.
  • The roof rat is a smaller species with shiny black fur covering its body. They are agile, exceptional climbers and prefer to spend much of their time up off the ground. 

Other common species of rodents to call Sacramento home are ground squirrels, gophers, and voles. No matter the species of California rodent that has found its way to your property, we can help get rid of them through our effective rodent control strategies!

Rodent Dangers: Health Risks And Property Damage

Rodents are scavengers and live in areas not known for superior sanitation. These animals come into contact daily with many pathogens, bacteria, allergens, and parasites. When they enter your home, they contaminate surfaces and food with things that can make people ill. Rodents frequently spread salmonellosis, hantavirus, leptospirosis, and rat-bite fever. 

In addition to the health risks, sharing your house with rodents will lead to property damage. Rodents use their sharp front teeth to chew on and damage wires, pipes, cables, and almost anything else that can wrap their teeth around. 

Rodent Exclusion Tips: Safeguard Your Property From Infestations

To help maintain a property not overrun by unwanted rodents, you must remove what they are looking for; namely, food, water, and shelter. Eliminating as many of their essential needs as possible will go a long way in deterring rodent activity. 

Limit their access to food by making sure trash cans have lids on them. Regularly harvest gardens and fruit trees and secure compost areas. Keep outdoor eating areas free of leftover food. Regularly vacuum floors and wipe down surfaces in your home to remove food debris.

Eliminate water sources by making repairs to leaky outdoor hoses and fixtures. Fill in low-lying areas on your property that allow rainwater to collect. Fix dripping faucets, clogged drains, and leaky pipes inside your home.

Rodents are prey animals and like to stay out of sight as much as possible. Remove areas of yard debris like leaf piles, leftover construction materials, and general yard clutter that offer harborage sites. Inside your house, ensure that storage areas are organized and free of clutter that rodents can nest unnoticed within. 

Professional Rodent Control: The Best Way To Keep Mice And Rats Away

To eliminate rodents from your Sacramento property, the best step you can take is to contact a local exterminator for rodents. Here at ProServ Pest Management, to solve a rodent problem, we will perform an inspection to identify the rodents on your property, how they get inside, and what attracts them. Then, using our effective, eco-friendly methods, we will successfully remove them. 

By implementing our year-round pest control services, you can ensure that rodents and our region’s other common pests won’t threaten you and your family in the future. Call today for more information about our rodent control solutions!


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