Gato Rodent Control

Rodents are among the most unwelcome visitors to a home. In addition to their destructive nature, they’re known for contaminating homes and transmitting potentially-deadly illnesses. Rodent populations can spread quickly, but their secretive nature often leaves them unidentified until damage has been done. Gato Guard's team of rodent control professionals can help with your prevention and elimination needs to make sure that your home or office is healthy and rodent-free.

Rodent Control Services

The best form of rodent control is preventative to ensure that infestation never becomes an issue. However, there are effective elimination techniques for homes and buildings that currently face rodent issues. Gato Guard will provide a thorough inspection to determine the best form of rodent prevention or rodent control. We’ll work to rodent-proof your home while setting up any necessary baiting and trapping to eliminate current infestations. When this is complete, we can provide ongoing monitoring and maintenance to ensure that these unwelcome visitors stay out for good.

Common Types of Rodents

There are a number of different types of rodents that home and building owners may face. Among the most common are pack rats, roof rats, and house mice. Outdoor rodents like gophers, squirrels, and raccoons may also be a nuisance.

Pack Rats
Also called a wood rat, these rats can be roughly six to eight inches in size. They typically have fur-covered tails with white underbellies and white feet, which helps with identification. Their storage areas and communal areas are often lined with feces and urine, creating a hazard for inhabitants of homes and buildings.

Roof Rats
As suggested by the name, roof rats typically make their home in the upper areas of homes and buildings, such as ceilings and attics. In nature, roof rats can be found nesting in debris, trees, dense vegetation, and wood piles. They may be referred to as black rats due to their dark brown or black color. A characteristic trait of the roof rat, their tails typically measure longer than their entire body.

House Mice
House mice are smaller in size than rats, with a gray-colored coat and off-white underbellies. When present in the home, they depend on humans for their food and shelter. While they eat roughly a tenth of an ounce of food each day, they may leave up to 50 droppings daily. This creates a significant health hazard for inhabitants.

Dangers of Rodents

In addition to being unsightly, rodents can present a threat to the health and wellbeing of the inhabitants of homes and buildings. They’re known for causing damage to structures, as they may gnaw on wood, walls, electrical wiring, and other important materials of the home. Due to their less-than-sanitary living conditions, they can contaminate food as well the home in general. Rodents can also transmit a range of dangerous – and even life-threatening – diseases.

Rodents may cause severe illnesses such as:

  • Typhus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Dysentery
  • Salmonellosis
  • Plague
  • Lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)
  • Rat-bite fever
  • Acute food poisoning

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