Ontario Property Owners' Complete Guide To Effective Rodent Control

November 15, 2021

Property owners all over the country often encounter rodents in or around buildings - a common nuisance. Rodents will find their way into almost any nook or cranny, drawn to the warmth of buildings where they nest and enjoying easy access to food and other resources. These clever pests live rent-free.

While methodically destroying your home or business, they contaminate water and food and carry the risk of serious disease. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, salmonellosis, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and tularemia are just a few of the serious illnesses that rodents can spread through direct contact, rodent droppings, and dried feces particles in the air.

a mouse eating zucchini on a kitchen countertop

Rodents have a long history of being dependent on their human counterparts, thriving in the comfortable environments we create. They are often social animals who breed quickly and bring friends. Rodents can chew through almost anything, causing extensive structural damage as well as fire risk when they attack electrical wiring. Along with these risks, rodents can get trapped in walls and die, leaving property owners with an unpleasant puzzle to solve.

Common Types Of Rodents In Ontario

In the Ontario, California, and Inland Empire region, Norway rats, roof rats, field mice, house mice, and squirrels top the list for problematic rodents in the area.

  • Norway rats are commonly known as street or sewer rats with a tendency to gnaw through different elements of your property. They are brown with scattered black hairs and are colorblind with poor vision.  

  • Roof rats, also known as black rats, are smaller rats prevalent in coastal areas like California. They like to hang out in the attic and the upper regions of buildings, as well as tall trees. They are usually brown with black spots, with light underbellies. 

  • Field mice refer to a few species of mice, most often, the deer mouse. Deer mice grow up to 4 inches long. They are brown or tan with light-colored underbellies.

  • House mice reach between 2 or 3 inches, have rounded bodies, gray or brown fur, and white bellies. 

  • Like other rodents, squirrels destroy home materials and steal things to build their nests. If threatened, they will scratch and bite people. Western gray squirrels, eastern gray squirrels, fox squirrels, and ground squirrels are common visitors around California.

Tips To Keep Rodents Out Of Your Ontario Home

The best way to avoid a rodent infestation is to prevent it from ever happening. Follow these simple rodent prevention tips from EarlyBird Extermination Inc.:

  • Seal up all cracks, holes, and spaces in your home, inside and out. A mouse can squeeze into an opening one-fourth of an inch or larger, and a rat can get in through a hole that is just the size of a quarter, so fill even the smallest gaps.

  • Keep trash cans covered, pick up litter and food scraps that might be outside, keep outdoor picnic and cooking areas clean.

  • Store pet food and birdseed in sealed airtight containers, and, if possible, keep it inside.

  • Keep interiors clear of food waste, crumbs and scraps cleaned up inside, keep food packaging closed.

  • Make sure doors and windows are closed or screened fully, cover vents, cap chimneys, and other openings to the outside.

  • Trim vegetation that rodents can use as a way to get onto your roof and into your home.

EarlyBird Extermination Inc. Is Your Ontario Area Rodent Control Expert

Once they get inside, rodents can be very hard to trap. Furthermore, they will cause extensive damage and contaminate your food and home. Rodents are intelligent, resourceful, and extremely fast runners. They often develop a resistance to common pest control chemicals and reproduce very quickly! If you have a rodent infestation, it may be tempting to try DIY methods; however, the safest, most effective way to handle a rodent problem is to call a professional.

At EarlyBird Extermination Inc., our team is well-versed in common rodents' habits and hiding places, with specialized training to deal with even the most stubborn of furry houseguests. We are happy to offer a variety of solutions to help in your specific rodent situation - commercial or residential. Serving the needs of Ontario and the Inland Empire region since 1995, EarlyBird Extermination Inc. is your Ontario area rodent control expert; contact us now to see how we can help.

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