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Rodent Exclusion Tips If You Live In Southern California

When most people think of Southern California, they think of palm trees, beaches, and celebrities. Southern California does have all those things, but we also have to contend with not-so great things too. Here in wonderful Southern California, we also have to deal with rodents. In fact, about ten years ago, rats and mice seemed to be overrunning Los Angeles.

As a resident living anywhere in SoCal, it’s important to understand how to avoid rodents, and how to keep them from invading your home. Luckily, with a little due diligence, rodent exclusion in Southern California is not as hard as it sounds.

Clean often. While a messy home doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get rodents, it definitely helps. In the kitchen, wipe up spills as they happen. Keep all food sealed in air-tight containers.

Sweep and mop. We know it’s not the most fun thing in the world, but sweeping daily also goes a long way toward rodent exclusion. Mopping will also need to be done often.

Empty the trash. Trash cans as well as recycling and compost bins should be emptied often. Your outside trash cans should also be emptied often, and it helps to keep outside trash in the containers supplied by your city.

Don’t forget pet food. If you have pets, be sure their food is kept in metal containers with lids. Clean up any spilled food as soon as possible.

Outside the kitchen needs attention too. The rest of the house should be kept clutter-free and as clean as possible. Vacuum often and don’t let people eat in their bedrooms.

Check for leaks. Rodents need water, and they’ll be attracted to a leaky faucet or sink. Look for leaks under the sinks inside your home, but also check for leaky pipes outside of your home. If you see any problems, try to fix them as soon as possible.

Eliminate entry points. Mice and rats will enter your home through small vent holes near your dryer, in ripped window screens, even under doors. Check around the outside of your home, and look for holes that can be potential entryways. If you see any, seal them up with caulk or steel wool. Rats can chew through just about everything else. Rodent Exclusion Tips If You Live in Southern California

Unfortunately, there is no perfect way to ensure rodent exclusion, but the above tips will help. If you find yourself with a full-on infestation, why not call a professional pest control company. Rodents are notoriously hard to get rid of, but a pest control service has the know-how and the means to get the job done right. If you’re in Southern California and are in need of pest control services, contact Primate Pest for more information.