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LA’s Rat Problem Got Worse When Trash Heaps Were Removed

City of Los Angeles, Rat Problem Expanding Due to Trash Being Remoed

After a series of news reports in May and June this year revealed how large, rotting trash piles in Los Angeles were infested with rats and posed the risk of a new pandemic, the city vowed to clean them up. But, the authorities were in for a shock when they learned the rat problem was only getting worse.

It was in May this year when the pictures of huge trash piles on Ceres Avenue near downtown’s Produce District went viral in the U.S. Drone videos shot in May (Published on May 20, 2020) demonstrated how the authorities had failed to keep a check on uncollected garbage. Mayor Eric Garcetti took note of the developments. Nearly a week later, the trash that had been piling up for months was cleared.

On June 10, journalists reported having spotted an army of rats racing across the same spot. The news report consulted rodent experts who warned that the rat problem of Los Angeles is “out of control.”

Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor with UCLA, Niamh Quinn said that she had never spotted so many (rodent) droppings after having investigated the place where the mountain of trash and racing army of rats was found.

Is the Rat Problem Confined to the Downtown LA Area Only?

It is highly likely that the rat problem is not limited to downtown LA.

Rat infestations are not confined to small territories especially when the food source is taken away.

This is exactly what has happened in downtown LA.

After the piles of trash were removed in response to media coverage and public outrage that followed, it is highly likely that rats have moved to nearby areas in search of food.

No wonder, the rat problems are now more visible across the city. The signs have been there for many years now but it’s high time the authorities, as well as the public, take the growing rodent population in the city more seriously.

Clearly, there is no time to lose.

The city of LA needs to act quickly and decisively before we start having rat problems in every neighborhood.

NBCLA reported on June 19, 2020, that rats now pose a greater threat to homes and businesses in LA.

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Can The Rat Problem in LA Potentially Lead to A Pandemic?

While the risk of the outbreak of a medieval disease in LA might seem far-fetched, the reality is that filthy-streets, improper garbage management, and absence of a formal rodent control program can together contribute to a public health crisis in the future.  LA is being referred to as the new ‘city of rats’ for a reason.

In 2019, for instance, a total of 124 cases of typhus – a rodent-borne disease – were confirmed in Los Angeles. The disease is typically carried and spread amongst other species by infected fleas.

Rats are common carriers of this disease. Therefore, anyone coming in contact with infected rats or their feces can get infected. The symptoms of typhus include vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, and rashes.

According to Reform California, the increase in the trash on LA streets is largely due to the growing homeless population which increased by 16% during 2018-19.

Since rats can easily survive and thrive in the garbage-filled areas in the city, experts warn they are becoming ideal breeding grounds for various diseases including typhus and bubonic plague.

Keeping Rats Away – What Should A Homeowner In LA Do?

If you haven’t had any rat problems in the past, do not let yourself believe that rats won’t invade your dwelling or business establishment in the feature.

As discussed above, no one in LA can afford to ignore the growing rodent population. Homeowners should consider rodent-proofing their homes at the earliest.

After all, prevention is better than cure.

Or, you could be in for a huge, unpleasant surprise when you spot rats moving around your kitchen, attic, and basement. 

The money spent on preventing a rat problem is likely to be much lower in value than the damage rats can cause.

In case you notice early signs of a potential rat problem, do not ignore it or expect the authorities to clean up trash in your neighborhood on short notice. They may not do the needful on time and your neighbors may already have a rat problem

You will have to protect your property from a possible rat invasion on your own and the best way to do that is to hire a rodent control specialist in LA.

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  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    August 17, 2020

    I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).

  • Kian A. Encino, CA


    August 17, 2020

    For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.

  • Jay J.Northridge, CA


    August 17, 2020

    If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!

  • Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA


    August 17, 2020

    These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.

  • Molly H. Los Angeles, CA


    August 17, 2020

    Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!

  • Sean M. Los Angeles, CA


    August 17, 2020

    Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.

  • Rachael S. Bellflower, CA


    August 17, 2020

    I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??

  • Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA


    August 17, 2020

    We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!

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