Pinnacle Pest Control provides service to all of Elk Grove for the safe control and removal of rodents. Here is how to spot a rodent infestation:

If you find yourself experiencing an infestation, use caution and contact a pest control professional. However a little bit of knowledge on this subject could be helpful to help you to identify a rodent infestation.

Elk Grove, like any other city has its share of pest control challenges.  Rats can be some of the most damage causing rodents to a community if not properly controlled. They are responsible for the transmission of many diseases and their feeding habits and nesting behaviors are destructive and can compromise the structure of infested buildings. However, they are hard to detect by humans when populations are low.

Here are a few things to consider if you suspect a rodent problem. Begin by looking for these signs.

  1. Visual Sightings- Look in cabinets and along stairways, joists and rafters. Most rodents are active at night time, so if you have seen rodents during the day time chances are you have a rodent infestation. Mice tend to have a very limited range of living space and may only be living with a 10 foot diameter. Rats on the other hand are much more active with a range over 150 feet and may be moving in and out of your home. The most common rodents are identified here.
  2. Noises- The sounds you may hear are most likely scratching, gnawing or clawing (in your walls, rafters, or cabinets). You may even hear squeaking and rodent fighting in these spots.
  3. Droppings- Mice droppings are quite small (about ⅛ inch long), but rat droppings can be over ½ inch in diameter and length These droppings are most commonly found in cabinets, pantries, and in corners and edges where the walls meet the floors. A fresh dropping is softer in texture than an older dropping of three days or more. They will also be darker in color than older droppings. The more droppings you have, the larger the rodent population.
  4. Runways– Rats follow odor trails and use the same runways between their food and water sources and burrows.. They use the walls (look for their runways along walls) for guidance and are often found behind appliances or stored boxes and furniture. Look for their grease or smudge marks along walls, pipes, and beams. Footprints and tail drags of rats can be seen in dusty areas. Tracks can also be seen in wet or moist soil.
  5. Rub & Grease Marks– If you suspect a rodent runway look for rub marks. Rats tend to have a layer of grease and dirt on their fur, because they like to keep surface contact with their runways, rats often times leave a slightly greasy path along their runway. Fresh rub-marks can be smeared if you rub them with a cloth. Older runways that are no longer in use tend to gather dust and the grease then dries and flakes away. Look for grease markings around rafters, beams, pipes, vertical surfaces, and active runways that do not have dust or cobwebs.
  6. Urine Stains– Rodents are notorious for having weak bladders, and they will leave urine trails. Once you have identified the possible living space or runway, the best thing to do is look for rodent urine by using a fluorescent or black light which will illuminate dried urine (just be aware that some cleaners such as bleach can also be illuminated with UV light)
  7. Gnaw Holes- Mice make clean-cut holes and rats make holes with rough and torn edges. A mouse hole is about 1-1/2 inch in diameter. The rat hole is 2 inches or more. It is common for rats to gnaw on wooden structural objects such as door corners, joists of flooring and ceilings, and wall studs.
  8. Burrows- Roof Rats will more than likely be found off ground in such places as wood piles, bushes, vines or trees. Mice will burrow, but most mice burrows are beneath slabs inside a building. The entry points to these burrows will be at cracks in the slabs, beneath expansion joints, or near support pillar footings.

Rats (Norway rat) may burrow along foundations and walls, beneath shrubbery or debris. The burrow entrance of a rat looks smooth and compacted. There may be fresh soil piled and pushed out around the hole showing recent activity.

Pinnacle Pest Control services Elk Grove on a daily basis and many of our technicians live in the area. We are active in the community and know quite a bit about the local geography and history.  With a diverse population of about 160,000, Elk Grove is the second largest city in the Sacramento Region. This city has a variety of outstanding restaurants, a historical district, first-rate parks, and diversity of business with vineyards, dairy and cattle and row crops; but, now, there is also high technology, professional service, and commercial and retail enterprises

In 1850, Elk Grove was established as a hotel and a stop for the stage coach over decades it grew into a farming community with moderate grow until the 1980’s at which time, suburban development projects began to spring up around the community. This was meant to serve Sacramento as well as San Francisco commuters looking for a community relatively near the San Francisco Bay Area which they could settle in and still commute from. This set off a period of rapid suburban growth which hit its peak in the years 2004 and 2005 when Elk Grove was declared the fastest growing city in the US.