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La Mesa, CA

Critter Control

Critter Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving La Mesa CA and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the California Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For La Mesa pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 619-483-2980 - yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
  • Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
  • Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
  • Digging Lawn or Under House?
  • We Can Solve It!
Many of California's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably, these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving California's wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.

We do not handle dog or cat problems. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local San Diego county animal services for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free La Mesa animal control for wildlife issues.

San Diego County Animal Services or Humane Society: (619) 469-6111

La Mesa Wildlife Removal Tip: How to keep rats out of my garden

Rats are among the most versatile of animalsí in the world. Their ability to survive and adapt to even the toughest of conditions is considered phenomenal. Rats however have constantly shifted from habituating the wild to colonizing areas where human population is large. In these areas, the gardens often portend among the best places for a rat to build nests and forage for food. Gardeners will at least once a time realize that rats have infested their gardens. While this will always aggravate them because they do so much to keep their gardens in top conditions, the rats can easily be removed in easy steps.


Gardens will almost always be attacked primarily by the brown rat species also known as the Norwegian rat. The rats will often burrow into the fresh garden soil to make their own nests. A single burrow can be from one to six feet deep. This hole will typically be housing a family of between 7 and 14 rats depending on the number of babies per litter.


Learn rats` basic survival needs- to eliminate the rat, it is important that you try as much to make your garden inhospitable for them.

1. Compost heaps for instance should at no one time be placed near the garden. A compost heap even with only garden scraps is often enough to sustain a rat colony. The heat produced from the decomposition of compost is also very attractive to the rats especially during the cold seasons.
2. Bags of trash should not be placed near the garden especially if they are open. Rats are highly attracted to any smell. Trash will often provide easily available food for the rat colony in your garden.
3. If at all you have pets like pigeons and dogs, their food should also be kept away from the garden. Rats can thrive on anything. They are even known to feed on animal waste such as dog feces.
4. Bushes that are close to the ground should highly be avoided. Rats seek out areas of shelter where they feel protected from external aggressors. In most occasions, the vegetation should be cut at least 18 inches from the ground to keep away the rats.
5. Spraying on vinegar on visible rat paths might help to disorient the rat while seeking food in your garden.


Rats will always portend a nightmare for gardeners all over the world. The only final solution is trying as much as possible to keep them out of your garden. The most workable solution however, lies in the use of hardware cloth along the fences of your garden, dug between 8 and 12 inches into the ground to lock out the rats.

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