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Squirrels, Rats, Mice & More

Ground squirrels can be very destructive and damage many ornamental plants and fruit trees.  Ground squirrels will enter gardens and devour vegetables and may damage young shrubs and trees by gnawing bark, eating twigs and leaves, and burrowing around roots. Ground squirrels will gnaw on plastic sprinkler heads and irrigation lines, causing costly repairs.

Their open burrows can be destructive. Their burrows and mounds make it difficult to mow, and they present hazards to machinery, adults, children, and pets.  Their burrows can divert and carry off irrigation water and lead to soil erosion and embankments can collapse from winter rains.  Burrows around trees and shrubs can damage the roots, and sometimes topple trees. Burrows beneath buildings and other structures oftentimes requires repair.

Ground squirrels can transmit diseases harmful to humans, particularly when there is a large squirrel population.  A major concern is bubonic plague transmitted to humans by fleas carried on the squirrels. Do not handle dead squirrels under these circumstances.



There are several factors in the control of ground squirrels.  The safety of children, adults, and pets is paramount.  The squirrel population is considered in the method of control.  Where is the squirrel infestation located?  What are the surrounding geographical conditions?  What season is it?   Once a control procedure is evaluated, we will determine which control method will be most effective.  Control may consist of multiple feed baits, subsoil fumigants, and/or bait boxes.  If you are in an area with a heavy squirrel population from an adjacent area, bait boxes may be your best solution.  We do offer maintenance programs using squirrel bait boxes.  This has proven very successful in controlling large populations. Contact us at 619-668-4801 one of our helpful staff member happily assist you.

Bait Stations

 PROTECTA LP is a triangular shaped, rat-size bait station that fits in corners and flush along walls where rodents travel. Its "Low Profile" makes it ideal to use indoors under pallets and in other tight baiting locations. It measures 3 3/8" tall by 9" deep (approx. 76mm x 228mm).

Patented interior baffles lead rodents directly to the feeding receptacle in PROTECTA LP which can hold the bait securely in the station.

This tamper-resistant bait station locks automatically when closed and unlocks with a special 2-prong key that also opens other Bell bait stations, and is anchored down to help ensure child and pet safety.