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Issues With Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Rodent Control In Redding


Issues With Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Rodent Control In Redding

Now that we all have YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and the web in general, we’ve all become experts in any number of specialties. Need to fix your sliding glass door? Covered. Is your computer freezing? Covered. Need to make the perfect lasagna? The internet has got that covered as well. However, no matter how much you think you can learn on the internet, there are a few things you shouldn’t try to DIY or “do-it-yourself.” Pest control in Redding is one of those things, especially when it comes to rodents

a rat drinking water

Common Rodents In Redding California

We have some common rodents that cause us problems here in Redding:

  • Norway Rats
  • Roof Rats
  • Mice
  • Moles
  • Voles
  • Ground Squirrels

Any one of these can become a problem. But the following rodents are the most common to deal with.

Norway rats, also known as brown rats or subway rats, are found wherever there are people and live-in burrows lined with paper, cloth, or other fibrous material. You’ll know it if you see a Norway rat due to its large size. They also have greyish brown fur, scaly pink tails, small ears, and a blunt muzzle.

Roof rats, otherwise known as black rats, are smaller than Norway rats. These guys are incredibly agile at climbing and usually live in trees, shrubs, or other dense vegetation. Roof rats have dark grey fur, grey to white bellies, pointed muzzles, large ears, and scaly tails. 

Mice are much smaller than the rats we described earlier. They are about 7 ½ inches in length, including their tale, and they are the most common rodent besides the Norway and roof rat.

There are four species of squirrels in California; Western grey squirrels, Eastern fox squirrels, Douglas squirrels, and Eastern grey squirrels. These species are active during the day when they forage for food, eating seeds, acorns, nuts, fungi, insects, eggs, and young birds. 

How Rodents Get Inside Our Homes

These little critters need nothing more significant than a quarter-sized hole to get inside your home. There is good news if you happen to see a rat and think you might have a rat infestation. You will never find mice and rats settling in the same location. Why? The reason is simple; rats tend to be mice killers. If a mouse enters an area where rats are already living, they will smell their pheromones, turn tail and run.

Getting Rid Of A Rodent Infestation

There are numerous DIY solutions to try and get rid of a rodent infestation. However, these alternatives to professional rodent control services just might be doing more harm than good. These creatures are notorious for being sneaky and hard to control. Attempting to DIY your way through a rodent infestation could lead to many dangers and complications.

Some of the most popular tips for handling a rodent infestation online are also inhumane: sticky traps and poison bait. Sticky traps leave rodents to die in agony, and poison bait could cause rodents to die in inaccessible areas of your home, or small children and pets might ingest the poison. While these and other tips like spring and live traps can be practical, they are more than likely not going to get rid of an entire rat infestation. So you want to call a professional.

The most effective way to deal with a rodent infestation is with Redding Spray Service professional assistance. So, call them right away to provide all your residential pest control needs. We also offer professional commercial pest control in Redding, CA, ask us how we can help your business be pest free!

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