LONG BEACH RAT CONTROL, RODENT CONTROL, PEST CONTROL
A LONG BEACH PEST CONTROL PROBLEM
Long Beach, California is home to many different pests. Hot summers and moderate winters in the Long Beach area make for ideal conditions for many pests. With the older buildings, landscaping and other infrastructure, making the survival and population growth of fleas, rats, mice, wild cats and other rodents easy. In 2009 the City of Long Beach Department Health began alerting the public about fleaborne typhus being reported in Long Beach. Before 2006 no reports of this disease had been reported in Long Beach. Flea borne typhus is spread by fleas living on rats, mice cats’, possums and other flea bearing animals that leave these carriers and infest yards, homes and other buildings then bit the humans occupying those areas. Even though this disease is rarely fatal, people can become sick enough to be hospitalized. Symptoms of fleaborne typhus are high fevers, severe headaches, body rashes and body aches.
SPOTTING A RAT INFESTATION IN LONG BEACH
Rats invade your Long Beach landscaping, unless your house is truly rodent proof, it is only a matter of time before you find evidence like droppings indoors. Experience has shown it is less time consuming to control rodents before their numbers get too high. Check your yard and home thoroughly. If you can answer yes to any of the following question you may have a brewing rodent or pest control problem:
Do you find any rodent droppings on the concrete around your home or business?
Do you hear noises coming from the attic or walls just after dusk?
Have you found remnants of nests behind appliances, draws or behind boxes?
Does your dog or cat bring home dead rats?
Do you a flea or mite problem but have no pets?
Is your dog or cat losing its hair in large patches?
Is there evidence of rats or some rodent feeding on the fruit on your trees?
Do you see rat burrows among plants or near garbage cans?
Do you see rats traveling along utility lines, fence tops or in trees after dusk?
Are there grease smudge marks caused by the rats rubbing their fur against beams, rafters, pipes, and walls?
Have you removed dead rats or mice from your swimming pool or hot tub?
Do you see droppings on the insulation in your attic?
Is the door sweeps on the garage door damaged or looked chewed on?
RAT & MOUSE TRAPPING AND BAITING
To control rats & mice in a Long Beach building is the safest and most effective method for rodent pest control in homes and businesses. Baiting inside homes to control rats is not recommended because the dead rats or mice may end up in the wall, attic or other hard to reach place. While trapping is generally recommended for rodent pest control indoors, when the number of rats and mice around a building is high, you will need to use either baits to exterminate large number and gain adequate control, especially if there is a continuous re-infestation from surrounding areas. Enclosed bait stations, are place around the Long Beach building. They are checked and refilled every two months to maintain a steady supply of bait for the rodents
“Building rats out” is the most successful and long lasting form of control in Long Beach buildings. Seal cracks and openings in building foundations, and any openings for water pipes, electric wires, sewer pipes, drain spouts, and vents. Use sheet metal, stainless steel mesh to cover possible entry points. No hole larger than 1/4 inch should be left unsealed to exclude both rats and house mice. Make sure door sweeps, windows, and screens fit tightly. Because rats and house mice are excellent climbers, openings above ground level must be plugged. Rat proofing against roof rats usually requires more time to find entry points than for Norway rats because of their climbing ability. Roof rats often enter buildings at the roof line area so be sure that all access points in the roof are sealed. If roof rats are travelling on overhead utility wires, Contact the Long Beach utility company for information and assistance with measures that can be taken to prevent this.
RAT PROOFING IN LONG BEACH CHECK LIST:
- Repair or replace damaged ventilation screen around the foundation and under eaves.
- Provide a tight fitting cover for the crawl space.
- Seal all openings around pipes, cables, and wires that enter through walls or the foundation.
- Be sure all windows that can be opened are screened and that the screens are in good condition.
- Cover all chimneys with a spark arrester.
- Make sure internal screens on roof and attic air vents are in good repair.
- Cover rooftop plumbing vent pipes in excess of 2 inches in diameter with screens over their tops.
- Make sure all exterior doors are tight fitting and weatherproofed at the bottom.
- Seal gaps beneath garage doors with a gasket or weather-stripping.
- Install self-closing exits or screening to clothes dryer vents to the outside.
- Keep side doors to the garage closed, especially at night.
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