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We have recently discovered that there are rats living in
our unfinished basement. They were nesting in the water
heater blanket and have left tons of droppings. I saw good
advice for how to seal up the cracks/vents with screens.
However, the droppings being quite disease laden (probably)
does anyone know of a professional company who handles this
kind of clean up with worker safety in mind? Need response
asap, please! grossed out by Mickey's cousins
Suggest you call Burge Pest Control at 1-888-292-7378. It is
a family-run business and can take care of your rodent
issues. Good people. Roger
We have 7 week old twins and a mouse (or probably mice). We
know all the things that supposedly deter and get rid of
them (the mice) but we just don't have the time to inspect
the whole house and block every hole. Traps have not worked
at all. I just want to hire someone to take care of it- not
an exterminator so much as someone with the know how to find
where they're getting in and block the holes. Never had
critters before and this is not good timing for dealing with
it. Any recommendations?
We had the exact same problem several years ago and hired
Rat Patrol to take care of the job. They were FANTASTIC.
It cost a lot of money, but the guy came out, set some
traps, did a thorough search for holes, filled them in and
then came back a few days later (or maybe a week?) to 'clean
out' the traps and set new ones. He kept doing that until
the traps came back clean (and stayed clean). Once we
called him, we never thought about the problem again. It
was worth every cent.
The guy's name is Garland. You can find him here:
http://www.ratpatrolinc.com/ (Bad website. Good service.)
I know you said ' not an exterminator so much as someone
with the know how to find where they're getting in and block
the holes' but an exterminator might be your best bet.
Poisons are not their only tool. If you call several local
exterminators with your list of questions, you can get a
good idea of their techniques.
At my workplace, I worked
with Western Exterminator to deal with mice. The guy knew
tons about mouse behavior, went through many spaces looking
for mouse poop and possible points of entry. He set out
traps at the correct locations using peanut butter as bait,
and caught the mice. He said he doesn't use poison for mice
anyway, because after they eat the poison, they might die in
your walls or be eaten by other animals that could then be
poisoned. Although he didn't actually block the points of
entry (though you may find an exterminator that will do this
work), he showed me the entry points and offered
suggestions. We ended up installing brush strips at the
bottom of several doors where you could see light through
the crack at the bottom of the door, and blocked a few other
holes, and it was not that difficult.
Rats have found a way into the space under our bath tub and
maybe nearby walls. Gross!! Can anyone recommend a good
We've used a good exterminator that got rid of our mouse
infestation in our house. They set bait that made the mice
thirsty when they ate it, and usually by the time the mice
got to the water source, they'd die.
Burge Pest Control: 510-523-6100
They're also in Yelp.
We used Dan the Bug Man and were pleased. After surveying
our house and setting traps he also advised us to a
contractor to seal our holes. 1 week later, we were rat
free and the rat that had earlier set up residence in our
walls was 'laid to rest.' It's been a month and we are
still rat free. http://www.danthebugman.net/
(caveat: sealing your holes will not be cheap, but will be
worth it) Cathy
I am seeking up-to-date recommendations for exterminators
for a rodent infestation in our yard and under our (rented)
house. This is a major problem and we need a swift and
effective remedy, even if it means toxic baits, etc. So
please--no judgment about our desired means, just
recommendations for those who can do the job.
freaked & grossed out
Dan the Bug Man (we also call him Dan the Mouse Man) is
great! He helped us with rats, mice and ants. (415)
608-1355 http://www.danthebugman.net Satisfied Customer
We had a fantastic experience with Rat Patrol. Garland took
care of the problem and it was worth every penny.
http://www.ratpatrolinc.com Rodent Free and Happier
I highly recommend Alex Rodriguez with Clark Pest Control
(925)462-4052. Initially we were with Terminix but their
only solution was to set out & clean up traps weekly. This
went on for almost a year with them catching 2-3 mice per
week! At my wits end, I started reaching out to everyone for
suggestions. My neighbors explained how they had the same
issue and that Alex closed all access points & cleared up
their problem. I'm happy to say we've been mice free for 3
months now! Alex was very diligent about fixing the problem,
and he was always prompt for our appointments. Yeah, no
We've used The Hitmen Termite & Pest control
(http://www.hitmenpest.com/) for a host of pest problems at
our rental home (termites, mice, rats -- the last came with
some serious tunneling under the foundation that became a
mouse superhighway when the rats moved on). The service
technicians have all been great ~ they take their time
examining the problem and making recommendations, responding
quickly when we needed some indoor traps taken care of.
They have also been really great at dealing with both my
rodent phobia and my inquisitive child. They set traps for
the current problem and also focus on exclusion work to
prevent re-entry. I was skeptical about the trapping, but
we had much better results than the first exterminator we
hired who used poison. The exclusion work has a year
warranty. They also do trapping of outdoor rodents.
Also...the home owner should be paying for the work...you
have a right to live in a rodent-free home! Susan
Rat infestation, used 3 different exterminators
We have been dealing with rats for two years now. We have
used three different exterminators with varying success. So
far we have had to replace out heating system and our sewer
system. We have done the standard removal of vegetation,
water supply, bird feeders and we have had people cement
tunnels and holes. Has anyone had success with an
exterminator that is actually effective? Frazzled
Your county vector control may come out and do a free
inspection of your property for rat activity. Contra Costa
County Vector Control offers this service, you might check
where you live. You have to stop rats from getting into the
house first. Vector control focuses on figuring out how the
rats are getting in your house ('exclusion') and gives you
ideas for how to fix those areas so rats stop coming in.
Then they also give tips for trapping rats that are in your
house, attic & crawl space. We had some activity and they
found 2 areas outside where the rats were likely coming in.
Simple recommended fix was shoving some hardware cloth (a
small-grid metal mesh) into the holes to prevent the rats
from entering. Maybe they will notice something your
exterminators didn't...also they don't have any economic
interest in long-term monitoring of traps, etc.
I'm so sorry to hear that you have a rat infestation. I had
one too back when I was living on the East Coast. It was
horrible. I paid a lot of money for an exterminator and all
they did was lay out sticky rat traps, which I could have
bought myself at the hardware store. Apologies if you've
already tried these methods, but for what it's worth, here's
what finally got rid of the rats for me:
1) I stopped up all the holes leading into my house with
aluminum siding (wood is not strong enough). You can easily
find these holes because rats leave a dark smear on the wall
where they frequently travel
2) I located their food source--a city trash bin. I called
the city and they baited their bins with rat poison
3) I found rat paths by looking for well worn grooves in the
ground. Small animals like to travel along the same paths
all the time, so I set out to frustrate them by putting
large rocks, cat poop, and sticky traps right in the middle
of the paths. Eventually they stopped using those paths that
cut through my property.
4) I got a cat, took its poo, and liberally spread it around
All in all, the rats got the message and left my property
alone. I did see them in my neighbor's yard, but not mine,
so I just diverted them, but did not get rid of them. Again,
my condolences. Rats are absolutely nasty. Hope you can get
it resolved soon! --Hate rats too
Yes - And both are inexpensive.
First way is to get a cat or if you are allergic just get
cat poop and urine. Cat poop/pee has a pheromone that
drives rats away. Unless the rat has been infected with a
microorganism in which case the rat will be attracted to the
The other way is to use rat traps. They are very effective.
Go to HomeDepot and buy 10 or so of the Victor rat traps.
Bait with peanut butter spread on small piece for French
bread or bagel. Push the crust into the trap so the rat has
to tug to get the bread while eating the peanut butter.
Place the traps next to the wall in areas where the rats
have been. Check the traps every day or so. The peanut
butter will last for month if not a year.
I helped a neighbor with a rat infestation. The rats had
eaten the electrical wires creating a fire hazard and we
found them living one bathroom under the shower pan and in
another under the tub.
The rats around here are terrible and quite destructive and
are prolific breeders. ANON
helmut from 'bay area pest elimination' (510-717-3506) just
came to deal with a small termite invasion. i don't know if
you've tried him, and i have no evidence of his success or
lack of it as this was just done this week. but he was very
easy to deal with, thorough, and reasonably priced.
Quick note about rat infestations: Please please don't use
sticky traps or rat poison! As a volunteer wildlife
rehabber, I've seen a ton of birds brought in that were
inadvertently caught in sticky traps, and if they survive,
the recovery process is long because they have to regrow
their feathers. Even worse, I've seen hawks and owls die
from massive internal hemorrhaging after eating poisoned
rodents. Hawks/owls keep rodent population down, so the
last thing you'd want to do is poison them. Cats/dogs can
also get poisoned, not just from the bait itself, but by
ingesting animals that ate the bait. Rodenticide poisoning
is not a pretty sight . Snap traps are the most humane
way of killing rats.
Add'l info: http://www.wildlife-
ALSO, I've heard that Slim Jims beef jerky works even better
than peanut butter to attract rats, so you might want to
give that a try!
Try Rat Patrol.
Not cheap ($500) but they'll shut down your infestation and
guarantee it for two years.
Removal of Rat Poop and Rats
I'm looking for recommendations for someone who will remove
not only the rats from my attic, but also the decades-deep
evidence of their thriving colony. An electrician who went
into our cramped and crawl-space-like attic discovered
chewed wires, but we can't get any electrician to agree to
do the job since it is so disgusting up there. desperately
seeking clean attic
I have heard nothing but great feedback about Helmut Tutass
for pest problems. I haven't had to hire him myself, but a
few of my friends have and rave about him. He's prompt,
knowledgeable and thorough. He also responds to emergencies
on weekends, etc. Here's his number: 510.717.3506
Good luck! May your attic be clean and rat-free for years to
Exterminaor for Rodents?
Ugh, I think we have rodents in our house. We've never seen
any out in the open, but a wire and some luggage in the
crawl space has been chewed, and I can hear them running in
the walls at night. Any recommendations for an exterminator,
or other advice? Frankly, I'm not too worried about being
humane. We already have a cat, who is apparently
uninterested in the situation.
Don't like uninvited guests
If there is one, and only one, benefit to my emotionally
scarring rodents experience, it will be to share my
knowledge. There are a couple of things you can do. The
exterminator that I have used over the years is Burge Pest
Control. They are a great, local business and always
available. Ph: 888-292-7378. You can also contact your local
county vector control department and ask to have an
inspector come do a FREE inspection to help you
rodent-proof your house.Also check out their Websites -
Contra Costa and Alameda Vector Control Depts. have a wealth
of resources. A Contra Costa Vector Control inspector just
came to my house - he was really nice and helpful (in
addition to the exterminator). overtaken by rodents
We recommend Rat Patrol (510-628-0958) in Oakland as
strongly as possible. They did a great job of
systematically sealing off every place a rat could enter the
house (from the roof, foundation, etc.), and also set traps
to catch any that were still inside. The office staff is
great, they guarantee their work, and when they came out to
our house, they were terrific--always on time and very
thorough. If you want the problem solved quickly and
professionally, these are the people to do it. Relieved to
be Rat-free in Rockridge
Renting in LaMOrinda. Rats seem to be very common.
Landlord has done everything to this 40 year old house ''on the
cheap'' so actually 'proofing' the house would be WAY too
expensive, but as it is getting cooler, I need to start thinking
Do NOT want them in the house with me and the little ones, but
do not (with a completely clear conscience) support the whole
Is there any repellent or humane way to just keep them away from
the inside of the house?
I already have a dog.
Trying to keep them OUT
I recommend you call Contra Costa County Vector Control. They
will come out to your house at no charge and evaluate the rodent
situation. Rats are extremely destructive. They made a nest in
my brand-new car and did $6,000 worth of damage. Additionally,
the public health hazards are serious. Vector control will
explain how to best deal with them and perhaps they could advise
you about your landlord's liability in this.
as i wrote to the person with the mice problem above, the only way to keep rats out of
the house without poison is to block the holes they use to get in the house.
your landlord has an obligation to take care of this and hire a professional
but that might lead to the use of poison. you might be better off just finding these
holes your self and blocking them with sheet metal the rats can't chew thru.
i'm not a professional terminator but i've dealt with rats in a few past homes.
rat in a hat
We have a rodent problem due to our compost bin in the yard.
There is a huge rat warren living near to it. I stopped
composting kitchen waste over a year ago but the rats still
remain. I do not want to use poisons (during parts of the year we
have an owl living in a nearby tree).
Does anyone know of a source to get a native
California snake, such as a King or Gopher snake, to release into
my yard? We would love for a snake to take up permanent residence
in our garden.
The Vivarium will not sell snakes to people if they are going
to release them and not keep them as a pet.
Any information or thoughts would be appreciated.
Too Many Rats!
Dear Snake-Seeker, It sounds like you have no problem with
killing rats. I don't either; I really don't like them at
all. However, you are going about it in the wrong way. I
don't think any snake will be garanteed to stay in your garden
long enough to eat your rats. I don't believe that a
snake's ''territory'' is limited in that fashion. You either
need to get one or two outdoor cats, which are highly
territorial animals and will treat your garden as their domain
after they have been trained to their territory (takes one to
two months) or buy some simple wood and metal-spring traps (one
for each rat at least) and bait them with peanut butter (highly
sticky and irresistable to rats). I had a LARGE rat living in
my garden and his neck was snapped within 25 minutes, in the
middle of the afternoon, of my setting out two traps baited
with PB along the wall that I saw him scurrying across twice in
the previous days. Good luck rat-hunting.
Detest rats too
We seem to have rats getting into a wall/crawl space. I'm looking
for someone to help get rid of them and find their access point
and keep them out. Has anyone ever worked with a reputable
exterminator? Any advice?
We just went through the rat situation ourselves (a mom rat and a
nest full of babies! Fun!). We ended up using Rat Patrol in
Oakland (got the info off of BPN, actually). They guarantee
their work for years and they did a great job of sealing off all
We have rats living in the walls and cleanings (upstairs
neighbors floors). There are also signs of them in our kitchen
sink cabinet - we have tried a trap there but they seem to know
to stay away from it. The traps we have are the snapping kind
(we looked for no-kill ones but only found them for mice). My
landlord is talking about trying poison but I am worried that
our cats catching and eating a poisoned rat!
Anyone have successful strategies?
Sorry to hear about your rats! First, call your county ''Vector
Control'' office. Rats are a ''vector'' for disease. The county will
provide a free inspection of your home, with tips on how to beat
your rat infestation. Find their phone number in your phone
book's government pages at the county level. It might be under
''Vector'' or under ''Health Dept'', I've forgotten, but search the
listings for ''vector''.
Next, get rat bait traps to put around the property, available at
some hardware stores. These use poison ''bait'' in big cubes with a
hole in the middle, so it can be placed on a metal rod within the
bait station, preventing animals from running off with the
poison. The opening into the station, and the path to the bait
within, is small and circuitous, designed to keep out other
animals, like squirrels or cats. The station ''locks'' with a
plastic key or a phone-wire tie, and is screwed down to a fence
or other wood structure on your property, to keep out children.
The vector people will also show you how to place the
spring-traps, screwed down, perpendicular to the rats' accustomed
paths, inside the house, and advise you to set them at night and
check them in the morning, regularly, using peanut butter,
tied-on nuts, or granola bars as bait.
Rats can squeeze through a 1/2'' hole, so you must inspect your
property and close up any spaces where they can get in, using metal
sheeting, heavy hardware cloth (metal mesh), or some
plastic spray-in goopy insulation stuff. Check out drier exhaust
vents, chimneys, basement vents with bent lattice, etc. Rats
climb. Trim vegetation away from the roof.
Don't touch any rat droppings or vacuum or sweep rat debris, it
could carry airborne disease. Use disposable plastic gloves and a
moist paper towel to wipe it up, double bag in plastic and
discard all, outside the house.
If the rats die within your walls, it will smell awful for a
while and there will be flies. We sealed off our hearth (in which
a rat died) with plastic sheeting & tape, and ran a cheap, used
vacuum cleaner from the exterior ash-debris box, to make this
manageable. The poison makes the rats thirsty, so most go outside
to find water, but we had a nest, with babies.
I'm sure I've forgotten something, so get the vector people to
come out, and take notes on what they say! No rats now!
Rats are resourceful and smart (you knew that already). Putting out
snap traps yourself might help, but it it's important to find the
places where they are entering and exiting your home and to plug these
holes. It's also vital to locate their pathways and then to place the
traps strategically to have the best chance to catch them. When we had
this problem some years ago we hired The Rat Patrol, a firm that
specializes in rodent control. You pay a set fee which covers their
services for a few years. If rats return within this time frame they
will come out again to combat the problem. I agree with you that the
rat poison strategy is distasteful and is to be avoided, if possible.
I had this problem, though your sounds a bit more severe. I would
recommend against poison because you don't want rats dying in your
walls. First you/your landlord have to find, and then close up, any
holes where they may be getting from inside the walls to inside your
house, like under your sink. You have to use wire mesh and/or steel
wool; they'll chew through anything else. Then you have to find and
close off all access from outside the house into your walls. I had to
close up a big (interior) gap around our dryer vent tube and another
around a piece of sheetrock cut to access to bathtub plumbing, in a
cabinet -- the rats chewed the sheetrock to enlarge the opening! The
next year we had mice -- even worse, b/c they can get into openings as
small as 1/4''. Couldn't access the holes to close them up. Finally
used snap traps to get rid of a family of 4 or 5. It was awful, but it
Been there, done with that, I hope
We have had alot of trouble with rodents in our home for the
past 3 1/2 weeks. Since I have young children (2 1/2 and 5
months) my husband and I are trying to find a safe solution but
nothing is working. We've bought Victor glue traps, the snap
traps, the box traps, and some black lure disks; we've put the
traps everywhere we've seen them, alternating locations, but
every morning I still find droppings everywhere, mostly in the
kitchen, but now moving into the kids play area and living
area. I've even hired an exterminator but so far they've only
caught one and I know there must be a bunch breeding somewhere
in our home. Some of the traps are even missing or sprung and
yet they still get away. Several people have recommended the
poison, but I don't want them dying somewhere in our house
where we can't see them. And I'd rather not keep shelling out
money for exterminators that don't do anything. Help!
What about a cat?
The first thing to do is to find out how the rodents are getting
into the house and keep them from getting back in. We had rats in
our previous home that were coming in through the cat door. It
took me a while to figure that out, but once I did, I intalled a
magnetic cat door and killed all of the rats with spring traps
(against the wall with peanut butter bait). I found the first rat
living above the dishwasher in the insulating material (the rat
destroyed the hoses under the dishwasher) and then more living in
our sofa! Several months after the first invasion, I discovered
that they were once again getting into the house, this time
through a gap in the dryer vent. Good luck.
We have had success with two services:
1. Alameda County Vector Control, David James, 567-6816
2. PESTEC, 925-757-2945
Get the Rat Zapper. You'll be amazed.
An electronic pest control device will do the trick! It's a
little device that emits ultrasonic noise - humans can't hear it,
but rodents can and it drives them away. You can find them at any
hardware store, or do a Google search on ''electronic pest control.''
Try the Mosquito and Vector Control department in your county. I
called the one in Contra Costa (actually left an e-mail) and an
expert came out within a couple of days. She spent a whole hour
with me, inspected the inside and outside of the house, and made
recommendations. We are to set traps in strategic locations,
repair all the tiny holes rodents can come through, clean up all
possible food sources, etc. Keep some of the droppings so that
she can tell what kind of rodents you have. This was free, too,
by the way, though she did no trap set-up herself. I was very happy.
(Unfortunately, in our case, we have not done all the many things
required yet, so I can't tell you if the suggestions have worked
We just learned that the nasty itchy bites my family has been
getting for weeks are due to roof rat mites. our house has been
sprayed and now we are working to get rid of the rats in our
attic. we've had to move out of the house and it's all been a
terrible inconvenience. The pest company wants to dust the
house and attic with a pesticide called Drione, but I've read
it's safety is questionable. I'm trying to walk a fine line
between wanting to aggressively deal with this horrific problem
while not hurting my family (and especially our 1-year old) with
toxic chemicals. Does anyone have any experience or advice????
I would check out ''the bug man'' a columnist in the SF Chronicle
on Wednesdays in the home section, I think. He has a website and
gives very level-headed recommendations about pesticide
management. He usually recommends the least toxic method for
pest control and also recommends getting more than one opinion.
I emailed him once about a non-toxic bug repellant and he
responded to me in a pretty short time.
i didn't see the original post, but --in my opinion, Rat Patrol does the best job.
They completely seal off the house, set and collect traps, and make sure the house
is rat free. They have a two year guarantee. We had another pest control company
in before and they just set traps and poo-pooed our theory that the bites all over
my and my son's body were mites.
No longer bitten
Ensure Pest Control (415-731-5288) solved our Montclair rat problem 3-1/2 years ago. Like you, we couldn't see
our rats, but we could certainly hear them. We haven't seen or heard any rats since.
Most people don't like to hear this, but the only way I finally got rid of
the mice in my house (big field running the length of the block behind the
houses) was to put poison under the house where they were coming in. Had to
do the same thing to get rid of the gophers (put poison in their holes). The
good news is I've been mouse free for over a year and gopher free for over
two years. I now have two cats (in the house) that find any moving piece of
dust a toy so I am not anticipating any return any time soon of the mice. At
least in the house.
And I am also guilty of using those sticky traps as well. It was the only
way to catch the babies that were already in the house. This was pre-cat so
I won't have to go to that extreme again.
I have a couple of neighbors who refused to be so inhumane and still have
mice problems. They are continuing to try all the humane methods available
and continuing to find things chewed up and droppings all over their
formally nice clean counters. I really feel for them, but I consider
invading mice (especially deermice and roofrats) to be disease spreading
rodents and not nice sweet house pets that you keep in a cage, so my
conscience is clear on this one.
We have a mice problem in the duplex I live in. I called one of
the exterminators recommended some time ago and was quoted a price
of $125.00 to come out and set out bait in traps and then come
back five days later to check on it. They give a three month
guarantee. I'm curious if anyone has used anyone's services
recently and if this price sounds about right. I have no idea what
one pays for this service.
Not looking forward to this.
I full heartedly recommend ''Employ Exterminators.''
Richard has come to my home three times already
regarding a mice problem and has also consulted with
me about ants and spiders. He is very knowledgeable
and honest. You can't do better. Good luck.
We have a newborn baby at home and unfortunately, we seem to have a
family of cute but unhygienic mice as well. Any advice on how to get rid of
the mice without using poison or inhumane traps?
Don't worry about being ''humane''. You and your family's health are more
important than a trying to be nice to a few mice. The mouse problem can
very quickly go out hand and they carry tons of disease. It is just not
worth trying to be gentle with them.
For persistent problems with mice/rats getting into the house, the permanent
solution is blocking the access that the mice/rats have. In addition to
using trapping and poisons, there are exterminators who can help you
identify the little cracks and spaces the critters squeeze through to get
inside and help you block them. Over time you can gradually close up those
holes and hopefully they won't find other ways in. Poison alone will
eliminate the vermin that are there now but not the ones sniffing their way
down established trails toward your house in the future. I recall a
homeowner who was telling me about her experience with this. She contacted
someone at UC Berkeley who made a house visit and consultation. Does anyone
know the name of the person with ties to UC? It may be a professor.
You can also request the city (county?) to put rat bait in the sanitary
sewer (not storm sewer) near your house because the vermin travel through
the sewers and the poison is not accessible to pets or larger animals.
This may be stating the obvious--but have you thought
about getting a cat? When I was in college at UCSC, I
lived in the campus trailer park, where *everybody* had
wood rats (cute silky little native rats, destructive
nonetheless). I (illegally) brought my rescued feral cat
back from my boyfriends house, left all my cabinets
open, and after a few days, I was the only one
rodent-free. He didn't actually catch the rats, but would
park himself in their pathways and generally make their
lives hell; it was easier for them to just move on. As
long as the cat was there, the rats weren't. It worked
much better than poison or traps.
A couple thoughts, if getting a cat is right for you:
o To get a good mouser, you'll want a cat that has lots
of interest in playing. Cat rescue societies are a good
bet (try http://www.feralcatfoundation.org/); cats that
were born feral will have been taught by their mothers
to hunt. There should be a cat up for adoption
somewhere that's proven good with kids.
o Keep your cat indoors. Outdoor cats are a danger to
themselves, and can be devastating to bird
o Obviously, you'll only want a cat if you have the time,
energy, and money to deal with another new addition to
your family. You'll get a new friend, though, which you
won't from traps.
A final note: if you go with traps, humane or otherwise,
I've heard honey-nut peanutbutter is the best bait ever.
Also, those ultrasonic mouse-chaser things don't work
Can anyone recommend an exterminator to get rid of mouse in our rented
house? I am a single mom with a young toddler and a dog and I don't want
anything done which could harm them in terms of whatever is used. I am
also terribly phobic of mice so I won't be setting or picking up traps
myself so I'd appreciate recommendations of local exterminators and info
regarding what this should cost and how much time it takes to get rid of
them. We live in El Cerrito...thanks so much!!!
Try to contact your Animals Control in the City of El Cerrito. They might be
able to help you. They provide free service too. Good luck!!!
"Employ Exterminators" in Berkeley, Richard REALLY knows a
lot about mice, roof rats, and ants! Family business -- we have used
them for two years and are delighted - they respond promptly whenever
a problem pops up (yellow jackets were attacking us. They were there
that afternoon. Ant infestation - ASAP, usually the same day or next
I highly recommend Brinkman Pest Control at 510-530-6133. They are great
people to work with and more importantly effective at exterminating a mouse
(laying down traps & removing them). I called all around when we had a small
problem and they were also one of the most reasonably priced. Good luck.
We had a terrible problem with rodents in a house in the Sierras. Our cat
was useful, but the thing that really did the trick was a device my brother
bought at a local hardware store that emitted a high-pitched noise that is
apparently painful to mice. My recollection is that it had different
levels including some that were inaudible to humans and others that were
not a problem for pets. We turned it on only when we were not in the
house; it worked (continues to, actually) like a charm.
You can call the pest control of your county's health department. I had a
wonderful experience with the Alameda County Pest control, the officer came
with a thorough inspection, and put several cages (traps) on each openings,
he came back to pick up the cages and the mice to the lab for inspection.
Then, he gave our landlord a list of repair works required to do within
certain days. Your landlord is liable for all the pest related work if
there are holds or openings need to be mended.
One of our much-loved pet mice has escaped and may be in our subarea along
some wild mice: I found a new mixture of pet and wild mouse poops just last
night. Does anyone who lives around campus or North Berkeley, or works on
campus, have a humane mouse trap they would be willing to loan me short term?
(I admit to being one of those who set snap-traps when trying to eradicate
The Ecology Center (San Pablo at Dwight; number in the phone book) used to
rent humane mice traps for a nominal fee (only a couple of dollars for a
week's use). They may still have them available for rent.
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