Rats in Los Angeles are becoming an Epidemic
The City of Angeles is the new ‘City of Rats.’ According to some news reports, Los Angeles has been ranked the 2nd most ‘rattiest city’ in the United States, surpassing New York, Washington DC, and Oakland (San Francisco) with only Chicago ahead of it.
Should it worry homeowners and businesses in Los Angeles? It should if they have not undertaken rodent-proofing of their buildings.
Substantial Increase in Rodent Control Requests in California
According to a report released by a political action committee in July 2019, dense urban areas in California such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego are experiencing rodent infestations on a scale that have not been witnessed in a very long time.
The team that prepared this report spoke with 23 pest control companies operating in California and found that rat service requests had spiked quite a lot in a year.
Apparently, requests from homeowners and businesses in California for controlling or handling Norway rat (also called brown or sewer rat) and roof rat (also called black rat) infestations had nearly doubled in a period of 10 years.
Niamh Quinn, Human-Wildlife Interactions Advisor with the University of California in 2019 remarked, “I’ve never seen this many droppings, ever.”
No Formal Program in Place to Control Rat Population
In June 2019, an NBC4 report said that despite the steps to remove huge heaps of uncollected garbage, the city’s rodent population is “exploding.” A month earlier, the news broadcaster had reported how huge piles of rotting garbage left uncollected in Los Angeles attracted rats and raised the concerns of an epidemic.
While major U.S. cities such as New York and Washington DC have dedicated teams exploring options and implementing various rat control plans aggressively, Los Angeles is yet to have a formal program in place to control the growing rat population that not only threatens to burn holes in the pockets of the public but also poses a serious public health risk.
The Threat to Public Health Duet to Growing Rat Population is real
In October 2018, an outbreak of endemic typhus (flea-borne) – an infectious disease – was identified in downtown LA. The disease spreads to humans from bacteria found in infected rodents; infection generally happens when infected rodents’ feces are rubbed into the cuts in the skin or the eyes. 124 people in Los Angeles City were diagnosed with typhus, more than double the previous year’s figure. During 2013-2017, 60 cases per year were reported on average in the county.
Typhus is just one of the many serious health risks posed by a growing population of rodents, including rats and mice. An out-of-control rat population in a crowded city like Los Angeles can even lead to the spread of deadly strains of bubonic plague and salmonella. In fact, doctors have already warned that rat infestation sweeping across Los Angeles may lead to the re-emergence of the plague.
Put simply, if you are a homeowner in Los Angeles, you can no longer blissfully ignore the possibility of rats, mice, and other such rodents invading your home.
No one living in one of the rattiest cities in the U.S. can. Besides posing health dangers, rats are also notorious for damaging the walls, foundations, attics, plumbing, electrical cables, ventilation systems, etc.
The damages can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars.
Therefore, both rat control is a necessity if you are living in Los Angeles.
What Can a Homeowner in LA do to prevent a Rat Infestation?
The least you can do is to protect your own dwelling from an otherwise imminent and costly rat infestation in the near future. Do not let yourself believe that it won’t happen to you.
Identify and seal all potential rat or mouse entry points into your home. Rodent-proofing is a must if you want to keep these hungry critters out of your property.
When you think you need help with rodent control in Los Angeles, just ask for it. Do not wait for a rat infestation to grow in severity. Do not make the mistake of relying on DIY rodent control methods. They don’t work.
You can call us at (818) 583-7287 and speak with a state-licensed rodent control expert right away.
We are here to answer any questions that you may have or provide you with a free estimate.
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Paul K.Los Angeles, CA
May 3, 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
May 3, 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.
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May 3, 2020
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Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA
May 3, 2020
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Molly H. Los Angeles, CA
May 3, 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
May 3, 2020
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Rachael S. Bellflower, CA
May 3, 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
May 3, 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!