The most common types of wildlife pests that we handle in the Valley are mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons and possums. Rodents are typically most active during the winter months when they try to come indoors for shelter from the cold.
Our exclusion program includes:
- Inspecting your property for rodent infestation and resulting damage
- Inspecting for conditions conducive to rodent infestations
- Sealing and closure of rodent entry and exit points
- Trap installation
- Removal and changing of traps
We also offer a 1-year renewable warranty—ask your knowledgeable Pest Specialist for details!
How does the free inspection work?
When you call ABC to schedule an inspection, we’ll come out to your home, assess the situation, inspect thoroughly, and create a custom control program designed just for your home. Our Inspector will need to access all of your home, including attic space and possibly your roof.
Why should I be concerned about rodent infestation?
Critters can often be difficult to detect. They live in walls, attics or basements and can utilize passageways in walls or behind appliances and furniture, allowing them to get around without homeowners knowing exactly where they are. They’re often quiet during the day and can be very resourceful in finding their way into your home in search of food at night.
The main reason rodents need to be handled quickly and well is because they can cause extensive physical damage to your property. They can gnaw on doors, carpet, baseboards, furniture, wallboard, siding, roof shingles — and even electrical wires, water lines and A/C ducts! As you can imagine, not only is it costly to fix this type of damage, but there are some real safety issues that could arise as a result of rodent damage.
Additionally, another concern to homeowners is the fact that rats, mice and other rodents can be carriers of diseases. These diseases can be transmitted to humans by various means:
- Bite wounds
- Consuming food or water that contaminated with rodent feces
- Coming into contact with water contaminated with rodent urine
- Breathing germs from rodent urine or droppings that have been disturbed, releasing their toxins into the air (a process called “aerosolization”)
- Indirect spread by fleas, ticks or other pests associated with the presence of rodents
Rodents have been known to carry and spread over 35 different diseases, including Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, Hemorrhagic Fever, Rat-Bite-Fever and Salmonellosis.
How can I tell if I might have a rodent problem?
Often, rodent activity in your household can be difficult to detect. But there are some signs you can watch for that may alert you to a potential infestation:
- Gnawing or clawing sounds coming from the walls or roof/attic. This could also be a sign of other types of pests. Be sure to have a professional inspection to help determine exactly what you’re dealing with.
- Teeth marks in furniture, on walls, doors, or on other items in your home.
- Rodent droppings in pantries, cabinets, cupboards, drawers, or anywhere else in your home that could contain food.
- Holes in food packaging – when rodents smell food, they’ll try to get to it, even if it means gnawing through plastic or cardboard.
- A “musty” odor – many rodents have a distinct smell.
Help! I have a rodent infestation! What should I do?
If you notice signs in your home that make you think you have a rodent problem, the best thing to do is call in a pest control professional. Many homeowners are unsuccessful when trying to eliminate rodents from their homes alone. ABC’s experienced Pest Specialists have extensive knowledge of pest habits and effective removal techniques. We will eliminate your rodent issues quickly!
Additionally, accessing many of the places in your homes where rodents may live can be both difficult and dangerous. There have been cases of homeowners falling from a roof or falling through a ceiling while attempting these repairs.
If you see signs of rodents — droppings or urine puddles — it’s advised to NOT clean up the area without taking precautions. Minimize sweeping or vacuuming droppings to avoid the release of harmful particles into the air. When you clean an area, make sure to spray droppings with a bleach solution and use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.