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What is Rodent Exclusion?

Serving North Bay and East Bay Areas

What is exclusion? Rodent control services in the North Bay and East Bay CA areas by Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen To keep mice and rats out of your home, rodent exclusion is the process of inspecting your home for possible entry points. Rodents enter and leave properties on a daily basis to forage for food and water. A full inspection of the structure is needed to ascertain where rodents are moving,  so we can determine where to best place traps and seal entry points. Along with this inspection, our team creates an “Exclusion Plan” that will detail recommended exclusion repairs and a trapping schedule. As experts in rodent exclusion, we encourage you to have us do the repairs, however, you may do them yourselves or hire another contractor to perform the repairs. Once the repairs are completed, the trapping process eliminates the rest of the population.

How long will the rodent exclusion and trapping process take?

Without doing the proposed exclusion work, the trapping process could continue indefinitely. When the exclusion process is completed, you can reasonably expect the trapping process to take around a month to be effective. The process is as follows:

  1. Rodents are neophobic, meaning that they are skeptical of new objects in their living environment (your home) and reluctant to move near any new object(s) until they get used to their presence.
  2. Once familiar with the item being in their area, they are willing to explore the possibility of the object(s) being a potential food source. This is where the proper placement of our traps combined with the exclusion process is at its greatest advantage.
  3. Once sealed in, the rodents will be forced to use our traps as a primary food source and thus become trapped.
  4. We will repeat this process until the traps have been clear for a couple of weeks.


Rodent Exclusion and Prevention Methods

The servicing technician will make these suggestions to you when he/she is done with the initial Exclusion Plan. At the bottom of the graph, there are four boxes that will indicate what the property owner can do to help reduce the overall presence of rodents around the structure. These suggestions range from trimming overhanging tree branches from the roofline to removal of woodpiles and general debris or plants from the foundation line of the structure. By not allowing shelter for the rodents, you discourage the animal from further exploring or damaging the structure. Beyond that, we strongly discourage the property owner to use any baits or OTC rodenticides that may interfere with the processor that may result in unforeseen consequences like an unretrievable, rotting carcass.

Rat Exclusion Guarantee

Upon completion of the exclusion plan and repairs, we guarantee all parts of the repairs done by our company for one full year from the date of the completion.

  • If a rodent breaks or damages the repair within that year, allowing re-entry to the structure through that repair, we will return and fix the area in question for no charge.
  • Although this is rare, they may find another area on the structure to chew through or otherwise damage and re-enter, thus more exclusion work may need to be done.
  • If additional exclusion work is needed, the servicing technician will complete a separate exclusion plan and estimate. For these reasons, we cannot guarantee that we will completely solve your rodent issue the first time.

Rodent Infestations Post-Treatment

Scientifically, it has been proven that pheromones found in the urine of rodents attract them short distances. Also, the fecal matter of rodents signals them that a food source or shelter is close. These scents, pheromones, and fecal pellets can stick around for quite a while even after trapping and exclusion. Excessive rodent waste materials should be cleaned up as part of an exclusion plan preferably by professionals with the proper equipment. It’s important to remember that rodent fecal material is considered a hazardous material due to diseases it may contain. Failure to clean up may encourage rodents to damage a structure attempting to re-enter it for whatever food they may find.

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What is Rodent Exclusion? in the North Bay and East Bay CA Area

Alamo | American Canyon | Benicia | Berkeley | Blackhawk | Calistoga | Castro Valley | Clayton | Concord | Danville | Dublin | Fairfield | Hayward | Hercules | Lafayette | Livermore | Mill Valley | Moraga | Napa | Middletown | Harbin Springs

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Hitmen and Western Exterminator have joined forces and will be operating as Western moving forward.
Rest assured that you will still have a highly-skilled, local specialist, committed to keeping your property protected from pests.