Keep Your Home Safe & Business From Rodents In El Cajon, CA
At HomeShield Pest Control, our top priority is keeping your El Cajon home and/or business free from pest infestations. One of the ways we do this is through rodent control, which consists of rodent extermination, rodent removal, and attic cleaning (which generally means replacing insulation and removing all rodent remains, feces, and smells).
In the El Cajon area, rodents are common. More rural areas often deal with underground rodents (such as gophers, moles, and voles) and all areas must watch for mice and rats. The best way to keep these critters out of your home or business is to ensure the location has been prepared with rodent and rat exclusion techniques that keep these pests out.
Eliminate Rodent Invasion Through Rodent Exclusion & Proofing Services
If you are concerned that rodents are or could invade your home, you should consider eliminating the threat of invasion through a rodent exclusion service, also called “rodent proofing”. Through rodent proofing, you are identifying potential entry points for rodents and eliminating their access to your home or business.
Rodent Proofing: How It Works
There are a few steps in the rodent exclusion process. If performing these steps on your own, make sure you are meticulous in how you approach each step. Rodents find ways to get through weak protective measures. If hiring a company to perform rodent proofing on your behalf, make sure you work with someone you can trust to identify and seal off all potential entry points.
Steps In The Rodent-Proofing Process
At HomeShield Pest Control, each rodent exclusion service includes the following steps:
The first part of rat and rodent-proofing any home or portion of a home is to inspect the area. During this process, we keep our eyes out for the telltale signs that rodents have invaded your space, or could invade your space. These signs include droppings, signs of chewing, nesting materials, or any holes or openings that rats and rodents could fit through. You may also be hearing sounds in your attic or walls.
Through the inspection process, we identify weaknesses in your home’s protective barriers—entryways where rodents can make their way into and out of your home. These can be large or small and can be hard to spot to the untrained eye. Rats, mice, and other rodents are wily, dexterous creatures that can fit through very small openings and even scale walls. It often takes a professional eye—someone with years of experience—to identify all entry points rodents could be using.
Once weaknesses have been identified, we work to shore up those weaknesses and seal off entry points, closing off rodents’ abilities to make their way into your home. We do this by closing up holes and/or reinforcing weak barriers. Often insulation and drywall are hiding rodent entry points. The sealing process could require insulation replacement and repair to ensure your home is 100% rodent-proof.
4. Clean Up*
We always recommend an attic cleanup for homeowners that have dealt with a rodent infestation. An attic cleanup ensures any hazardous rodent droppings are removed and that the space is fully decontaminated. This process keeps your family safe and healthy and also eliminates odors that could attract new rodents.
*This step is optional, but recommended!
Since rodents are pesky pests that find and create ways to burrow into your home, we recommend ongoing monitoring—especially if you have had rodent problems before. When you work with HomeShield, this monitoring comes included in our standard pest control service.
El Cajon, CA Attic Cleaning – Ensure Rodents Never Return
If you have already performed rodent exclusion and “rodent proofed” your home or business, then you likely have only one more step required to ensure rodents never come back (though ongoing monitoring is always a good idea as well). This step is commonly referred to as an “attic cleanup” or “attic cleaning”. It includes decontaminating your attic (or infested space) – removing all traces of rodent feces, urine, and other materials.
Why Is This Important?
Other than cleaning up the space and eliminating potential health risks and hazards, eliminating the odors left behind by a rat or rodent infestation can limit how attractive the space is to future rodents.
If you haven’t studied rodents, particularly rats, you may not realize that their brains are hardwired to recognize and be attracted to the scent created by feces and urine. Their sense of smell is so strong that they can actually understand the dimensions of your attic and even mark entries and exits with their urine. If rodent droppings and residues are not fully removed, new rodents, with their intensely acute olfactory abilities, could smell the odors left behind and try to create new openings into your home.
A good attic cleanup will remove all signs of rodent feces, urine, blood, hair, and oils, as well as the odors they leave behind, turning off the homing beacon those smells can create.
Infested Insulation Removal & Replacement
As part of any attic cleanup, it is very common to inspect, remove, and replace sections of insulation. Rats often find their way into insulation, leaving behind droppings and other materials that can cause health issues or act as beacons to draw in new rodents.
As part of the insulation removal and replacement process, our technicians ensure no additional areas in your home or business are contaminated. The safety of your family and office staff as well as our technicians is always a priority. We work with the best decontamination materials to remove all traces of rodents and ensure your home is free of potential health hazards.
Specialty Services We Provide In El Cajon, CA
At HomeShield Pest Control, we provide a variety of specialty pest control services, including the following options:
The Local Neighborhoods & Zip Codes We Service
We service the following zip codes in El Cajon: 92019, 92020, 92021, 92022, 92119.
We also service all of the neighborhoods and areas in El Cajon, including the areas near and around: Avocado Avenue, Bradley Avenue, Broadway, Cajon Heights, Cuyamaca Business Park, El Cajon Boulevard, El Cajon City Park, Fletcher Parkway, Granite Hills, Harry Griffen Park, Jamacha Road, Magnolia Avenue, Marshall Avenue, Mollison Avenue, and Washington Avenue.
We also provide pest control in San Diego County.
Ready To Get Started?
If you’re ready to rodent proof your home, or are looking for more information about rat and rodent exclusion services, give us a call. One of our technicians can walk you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and help you get started.