What Sacramento Property Owners Ought To Know About Do-It-Yourself Rodent Control


At Pro Active Pest Control, we offer residential and commercial pest control, bed bug control, rodent control, and more. We have specialized rodent programs because Sacramento residents can’t stand them. Some folks are quite afraid of them, and it’s understandable. These critters are several times bigger than any gross bug, they have sharp fangs, and they are very hard to catch. They’re good at hiding and can outrun you. Not to mention, it’s intimidating to approach them when you know they could bite.
These factors are why many home and business owners resort to “do it yourself” methods to try and kill rodents. The problem with that is the majority of independent tactics are faulty. Learn about area rodents, why solo tricks won’t work, and why Pro Active Pest Control is your best bet.

What Rodents Are Common In Sacramento? What Are The Risks?

House mice and roof rats are pretty present in these parts. The maximum size of a house mouse is around seven inches. They’ll be gray, black, or brown colored, with a lighter stomach. Short fur will cover their body, but only a slight amount will be near the ears and tail. Looking for shelter and food, these creatures will come inside your property. Spaces that are dark, warm, and damp are favorable for them.

Roof rats can grow to be 15 inches long or more, with scaly tails extending even further. Their hair is brown or black. As their name reveals, these animals prefer to be on roofs and in high places. They’ll run across tree branches and power lines, and nest in garages, rafters, attics, and roof insulation.

  • Entry points for rodents are often cracks in foundations and roof lines. Primary signs of infestation include:
  • Finding small droppings and footprints
  • Hearing squeaking and scratching noises in the walls or ceiling
  • Having rub and grease marks on walls
  • Discovering burrows in your yard
  • Seeing rodents during the day; they’re usually active at night and daytime sightings indicate an advanced infestation

The major risks of rodents are property damage and illness. These pests will gnaw on walls and wires to file their teeth. Of course, this could mean structural wreckage, power outages, or even an electrical fire. Since they crawl about with parasites in their fur, they easily taint food and contaminate surfaces. The germs on their bodies multiply as they sift through trash and filth and let out waste. This exposes us to harmful bacteria that leads to diseases like leptospirosis, hantavirus, salmonella, and tularemia.

What Are The Issues With “Do It Yourself” Rodent Control?

You don’t want to spend your money on a retail pesticide or trap for the following reasons:

  • Rodents dwell in hard to reach spots and are nocturnal. This makes it challenging to set a trap in a successful location.
  • Most rodents will avoid traps because of the human scent on them.
  • The average commercial product will have a short-term effect and will leave you open to ongoing infestations.
  • Item instructions are often too complex, which can result in misapplication. The consequences of this can be dangerous.
  • Handling a rodent or their waste is hazardous.

What Can Pro Active Pest Control Do About Rodents?

A Pro Active Pest Control rodent expert will come to your property to identify entrance and nesting areas, and the extent of the infestation. We then develop a custom treatment plan. This plan incorporates preventive, monitoring, and exclusion measures to ensure a recurrence doesn’t happen. All efforts will be futile if vulnerable zones aren’t properly addressed and repaired. We also perform sanitation processes to keep you and others safe. Stay healthy! Contact us today! We’re proudly endorsed by the National Pest Management Association.