Rodent Control Strategies for Property Managers

Wheeler’s Pest Control Serving Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego County and Los Angeles

Select a rodent control service based on qualifications as well as cost. Qualifications to consider include:

A Branch Two structural pest control license to work CaliforniaNumber of years in the rodent control business
Number of commercial accounts and experience with commercial rodent control
Experience and training in the rodent control service
Memberships in pest control associations
Rodent Control Technicians certified and registered in The State of California work to be performed
Contracts that Clearly Define the Work
A contract should include:
A service log that documents in/out times of technicians, materials and quantities used, inspection results, and recommendations
Mapping to show the locations of Rodent Control activity and treatments
Control and monitoring practices for rodent control based on regular inspections
Monitoring of key locations for rodent activity such as basements and food and refuse storage areas
Outside control for rodents in perimeter and landscaped areas
Service frequency and emergency response time
A meeting schedule for review of performance and recommendations
Diverse control practices, ranging from monitoring baits, rodenticides baits and traps to sanitation inspections and rodent-proofing of buildings
Proper use of rodenticide or traps to avoid exposure to children or pets
Clearly define an intensive rodent control service program and a monthly maintenance fee that includes rates for inspection, monitoring, and treatment. Multiple visits during a month may be required depending upon rodent control needs and practices. Emergency calls should be incorporated as part of the monthly rate or priced separately. "Bargain" prices may not ensure adequate service, and could actually result in future rodent problems and additional costs.
Sanitation and Rodent-Proofing Service
The most important aspects of a rodent control service are sanitation and structural maintenance.
Schedule refuses disposal and pickup so that garbage is not exposed (inside or outside) at night.
Make sure that your refuse disposal contract is written with a time frame for pickup and a cancellation clause.
Use rodent-proof dumpsters, compactors, and trash cans and inspect them regularly for breakage or gaps.
Use a central refuse storage area that is cleaned and washed daily.
Design and maintain landscaping to limit dense ground covers and shrubs that can provide harborage, and exposed soil that may be used for burrowing. Use heavyweight gravel or landscape fabric to discourage burrowing.
Seal utility ducts and similar openings in buildings, especially in basements or crawlspaces.
Eliminate gaps under outside, garage, and loading-dock doors.
Make sure that:
All bait stations and traps are checked on each service call and are effectively distributed and secured
Records of pest control activities are maintained
Surveys and inspections are conducted thoroughly, especially in the early spring and fall
Food and refuse storage areas are clean, secure, and inspected frequently
Door sweeps and entranceways are rodent-proof, and outside doors are kept closed
Outside and basement walls are checked seasonally, and any cracks or openings are repaired
Materials received are inspected for rodent signs, such as droppings
Landscaped areas are kept free of weeds and trash, and shrubs are spaced apart and kept trimmed
Monitoring efforts are concentrated near potential access points, such as doorways and receiving and utility areas
Tenant and maintenance personnel responsibilities are clear
Effective Strategy
An active approach to rodent control is the most effective strategy. Don't wait until you have a crisis. Good sanitation, rodent-proofing, and monitoring are the best ways to prevent rodent problems.

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