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What Are the Prep Steps for Rodent Control Service?

Does your home or business have a rodent problem?

The best way to get a rodent problem under control, safely and effectively, is to let rodent control specialists handle it.

Remember, many DIY rodent control methods simply do not work.

After you have made a call to Rodents Stop, there are a few prep-steps you can take before our technicians arrive. These preparatory steps not only help save time but also increase the effectiveness of the rodent control service.

Listed below are the most important prep-steps for rodent control service:

1. Reveal Hidden Areas

Rodents can hide and thrive in hidden corners of your house.

To give ease of access to rodent control technicians, be sure to remove large furniture items and appliances away from the corners in all rooms.

This prep-step will enable rodent control professionals to quickly investigate all potential rodent travel and escape routes inside your house.

Removing appliances and furniture items away from the corners also ensures they remain safe from any spills or chemical sprays when the visiting technicians undertake cleaning and decontamination.

Revealing hidden areas is also helpful when a building is inspected for the presence of rats or mice.

2. Clothes and Furniture

Remove all mattresses, area rugs, bedsheets, pillows, cushions, covers, etc. and store them away in a clean cabinet.

Pack away your clothes, make-up accessories, children’s toys, etc. Use plastic wrapping if you run out of storage space.

Use plastic wrapping to cover tables, chairs, and upholstery. Do not use cloth sheets for the purpose; chemicals used for cleaning and decontaminating a space can penetrate them.

3. Kitchen and Dining Area

Chances are that rodent control service will involve the treatment of kitchen cabinets and the dining area.

Therefore, it is a good idea to clear out all kitchen countertops, top of the refrigerator, and the sink. Remove all utensils, cutlery, mugs, plates, spoons, etc. and store them away before rodent control technicians arrive.

If there are any appliances in the kitchen, unplug and place them in a separate area. If moving appliances is not an option, cover them with plastic wrapping.

If there are any items obstructing access to areas such as under the sink, into the plumbing vent, under the cabinet, etc. be sure to remove them.

When you have confirmed signs of rodent infestation, be sure to discard any food items stored in the attic, basement, or kitchen shelves and cabinets that have gnaw-marks on them.

Rats or mice may have contaminated any food item that was stored in open or in containers made from cardboard or thin plastic.

4. Remove Clutter

Eliminate all clutter and unnecessary storage such as clothing, paper, cardboard boxes, tin cans, etc. as rodents and other pests will look for alternative shelters when rodent exterminators get to work.

Declutter your attic, basement, and garage as well. These are the areas where rats and mice tend to build nests or burrow escape routes to access different areas of a building.

5. Make A List of Required Repairs

Rats and mice can squeeze through tiny holes.  

If you have been able to locate any holes or burrows in the wall, baseboards, siding, windows, door frames, etc., make a list of all such potential rodent entryways. 

Rodent control service will typically involve rodent-proofing your dwelling.

However, it is a good idea to carry out a preliminary  investigation on your own before rodent exterminators arrive.  

You can also make notes of areas where you have recently spotted a rat or mouse.  

6. Paintings and Flower Pots

If there are any paintings and photographs hung on the walls, it is a good idea to remove and place them in a separate area.

Flower pots, decorative vegetation, etc. are best left in the open. Consider an area such as a balcony or roof, that won’t be treated.

Final Words

In case you come across rodent droppings, urine, nesting material, etc. while preparing your home for rodent control service a few days later, do put on gloves and wear a face mask to avoid accidental ingestion of contaminated dust or air.

In case you have used rat poison to get rid of rodents in the past, do tell rodent control professionals about it.

Rodent control professionals deploy a variety of techniques to solve a rodent problem at hand. The technicians will discuss the issue with you before they start with cleanup, proofing, or treatment of different areas in your house.

Call (818) 583-7287 to know more about the prep-steps for rodent control service in the Los Angeles area. 

100's of Client Reviews!!

  • Paul K.Los Angeles, CA


    October 7, 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


    October 7, 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


    October 7, 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


    October 7, 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


    October 7, 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


    October 7, 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


    October 7, 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


    October 7, 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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