San Fransisco Rodent Proofing
Deny Rodents with SFRC Exclusion
Simple Four-Step Process
Due to their size, mice and other rodents can sneak into your home through the smallest entry points. Rats can fit through holes as small as a quarte; mice, the size of a dime! Proofing, also known as exclusion, is the best method to ensure your home is protected from these vulnerabilities. We go through every area and seal up any hole the size of as dime or larger so the pests stay out!
Proofing the Right Way
Without neutralizing the rodents’ scent of direction, proofing will not be truly effective. This is why SFRC addresses the problem from all perspectives.
Some companies will only focus on trapping and poison, which may work initially, but without proper attention to implementing exclusion techniques, rodents soon return!
However, we have optimized an effective way to rid your home of rodents without the use of poison or dangerous toxic chemicals.
Most importantly, our solution is permanent!
Rodents Damage Your Home
When a homeowner eventually realizes that they have a rodent problem, it is typically never just one rodent—and many more remain unseen. Not only do rodents spread disease, but they can also cause a great deal of damage to the structure of your home, as well as eating and contaminating your and your pet’s food.
Why Should You Hire Us?
At San Francisco Rodent Control, we offer a selection of services to homeowners who are dealing with pests like rats and mice. We handle all infestations with a simple, four-step process:
- Inspect the property
- Remove the pests
- Proof the home and protect against rodents returning
- Verify that rodents have stayed out
When we’re hired, we start with an in-depth assessment. The assessment includes:
- Locating the rodents’ points of entry and seeing where a home could be vulnerable.
- Determining how many mice or rats are in the home, as well as the severity of any damage that has been done.
- Forming a plan for eliminating the pests and restoring the condition of the home.
- Offering a free estimate to homeowners, so they know how much removing pests and repairing the damage could cost.
We don’t use toxic chemicals or poisons to remove pests, so homeowners don’t have to worry about toxins or poisons that they or their pets could come into contact with.
We use a HEPA vacuum to eliminate droppings and nests, carcasses and other debris. The next step is to sanitize the area and replace infested materials, so there is no more concern about pests being present. We also eliminate pheromone trails and scents, because doing so helps keep pests from coming back.
Once we have removed all the pests, we put up grates and guards, caulking and other materials to prevent the mice or rats from returning. Then, we’ll follow up to make sure they’ve stayed out.
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Crawl Space Cleaning
Rodents are always seeking shelter. When they choose your home, they immediately begin looking for means to build a suitable nest and multiply. Wood found in your walls, and even furniture, become a great place to chew and sharpen their teeth. Ruining soft items such as insulation or bedding is only the beginning of their destructive tendencies.
When you have an infestation, electrical wires in walls and appliances become favorite menu items for rodents to chew. This type of damage can be extremely costly, but it can also be very dangerous, causing a hazardous risk of fire. The situation will only continue to get worse the longer time goes on without remediation of these pests.
Rodents carry disease. When they are living in your home, your family is at risk. As they chew through your structure and other items in your home, they are constantly defecating and urinating. The droppings, urine, and fur they leave behind in their wake has been known to cause illness and respiratory issues, making your family venerable.
There are a few ways to get rid of mice and rats, like using bait stations and traps. Bait stations are enclosed boxes, normally made of plastic, that catch the pests inside. Some bait is poisoned, but not all is. We don’t use toxic chemicals or poisons during our rodent infestation removals.
Homeowners can help get rid of mice and rats by sealing up all food and cabinetry, cleaning up any garbage that may be left out and sealing entryways. When mice and rats run out of food, they normally leave the property in search of a more pleasant environment. However, remember that they only need a small amount of food each day, so all food must be sealed up tightly.
Mice and rats carry a number of serious diseases that have to be monitored for when an infestation occurs. Some of the most common diseases they carry include:
- Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)
Any of these illnesses could make people or their pets ill, which is why it’s important to remove the rodents from the home as soon as possible.
Rats and mice may also carry ticks and tick-borne illnesses. The same is true of flea-borne illnesses, like the bubonic plague. To be safe, it’s essential to get the animals removed and to have any symptoms seen to by a medical professional.
By hiring a professional, it’s possible to get the infestation eliminated within one to three months. The length of time it will take to end the infestation will depend on factors such as:
- How many mice or rats are in the home
- Where the mice or rats have nested
- How open the home is, and if there are entry points that were not sealed off
- The cleanliness of the environment
- How far the rodents are being transported from the property (if removed humanely)
Mice have gestation periods of just 19 to 21 days, and rats have a gestation period of around 21 to 23 days. Both can have multiple litters very quickly, so it may take several months to get rid of all the mice in the home. It requires time to remove all food sources and pups, especially as those pups age and get ready to have litters of their own.
Since rats reach sexual maturity within four to five weeks and mice reach it within four to seven weeks, homeowners must act quickly to prevent their numbers from climbing exponentially. The larger the population gets, the harder it will be to have them all removed from the home. Additionally, the cleanup may take longer, and the damage may be more severe.