Characterized by its ranch-style homes, Canoga Park is a popular, diverse neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. Whether you enjoy community activities in the area’s parks or exploring the local restaurant scene, don’t let rats ruin your experience as a Canoga Park homeowner. 360 Rodent Control provides holistic rodent control services to homeowners throughout Southern California.
Signs you have a rat infestation
If you have seen a rat on your property, you already likely know you have a rodent problem. But sometimes the signs aren’t so apparent. The following signs indicate the presence of rodents in your home:
- Rodent droppings
- The smell of rat urine
- Shredded garbage in trash areas
- The sound of rodents inside the walls or ceiling
- Bite marks on food packaging
- New holes in walls
- Strange behavior in your pets
Conditions that attract rodents
Once you’ve discovered signs of rodents, you may immediately question why rodents have chosen to make your space their home. Rodents generally take up residence in close proximity to three elements:
- a water supply
- protective shelter
Most homes provide all three elements to some extent. Homeowners often unknowingly maintain conditions that may support a rat infestation.
We’ll get rid of them and clean the mess they left behind.
Rats may be secretly using the same water you use for everyday household purposes. If your sprinkler leaves behind puddles after watering your outdoor vegetation, the leftover water may be supporting a rodent population on your property. Rats may also be sharing the water in the birdbath on your lawn or drinking from your decorative fountain. If rat infestations are common in your area, cut off the rodents’ water supply by avoiding leaving standing water outside. Be sure to have leaking pipes and inadequate drainage corrected by a professional so you no longer have standing pools of water due to maintenance and upkeep issues.
Food sources for rats
Rodent infestations are common in residential kitchens, restaurants, and dumpsters. They thrive on food waste. Because rats are scent-driven animals, storing food in durable, airtight containers will deter rodents. When throwing out food waste, keep garbage in durable trash cans with lids that fit tightly.
Similar to humans, rodents like to have a stable roof over their heads. Crawlspaces and basements are often the easiest access points for rats. These areas provide secluded shelter where rodents can grow their population as they gnaw their way further into your home. Other secluded areas rodents target include:
- inside walls
Because rodents prefer seclusion, you may hear them before you actually see a rat. Don’t rely on sight only when determining whether it’s time to call a rodent control professional. Oftentimes, you can hear or smell their presence before you see visible signs of a rat infestation.
Holistic rodent control service in Canoga Park
We base our approach to resolving rodent infestations on our thorough understanding of rat behavior. We know that rats create scent paths they use to travel back and forth between their favorite hiding spots on your property. As rats come and go at will, they often bring rodent friends and family members back with them. The new rodents create their own scent pathways as they venture off and find their new hiding places in your home. Eliminating the rodents is just the beginning. We also clean up the scent trail to prevent rodents from returning to your property.
Rodent proofing your Canoga Park home
Our rodent-proofing services are appropriate whether you have moved into a new property and are looking for a proactive solution or if you have already had a rodent sighting. We seal every hole, crack, and crevice to create a physical barrier against rodents invading your space. We use multiple types of materials to provide superior protection from rodent invaders.
Attic cleaning service
Attics rank high among rodents’ preferred spots in your home. If your attic is dusty and secluded, rodents can settle in, have litters, and invite more rodents for weeks or months on end before you notice the first sign of a rodent infestation. Rodents also enjoy clawing and burrowing into attic insulation. Some rodents gnaw on certain varieties of insulation as a food source.
We offer an attic cleaning service to remove all smells, scent paths, and biological contaminants rodents leave behind when they flee. Our technicians are also qualified to repair or replace damaged attic insulation. As an added bonus, you will likely see a welcomed decrease in your cooling bill.
Crawl space cleaning
Similar to attics, rats also love crawl spaces. You may have noticed a lingering unpleasant odor you can’t quite get rid of despite thoroughly cleaning your home. The culprit may be a rodent infestation in your home’s crawl space. We can also clean your home’s crawl space to remove rodent contaminants. Your home will smell better, and rats will not return to the area.
Contact 360 Rodent Control to learn more about our services. We provide holistic rodent control solutions in Canoga Park and surrounding areas.
Can I just use rat traps and over-the-counter rat poison?
DIY pest control products are not one-size-fits-all. If you have a rodent infestation, you will likely require a multifaceted solution to remain rodent-free. Our rodent specialists will help you determine the origin of your rodent infestation and recommend the best strategy to solve your rat problem.
What is the difference between rats and mice
Rats and mice are two different varieties of rodent. The main difference between the two is size. Rats are larger than mice. However, both types of rodent are capable of spreading diseases to humans.
How do rodents spread diseases to humans?
There are several direct and indirect ways in which rodents spread diseases to humans. Infected mice and rats directly spread disease to humans through biting and scratching. Certain insects like fleas and ticks can also infect humans if they bite a human after biting an infected rat.