1131 Harbor Bay Parkway, STE 166 Alameda, CA 94502 Tel: 510-567-6800 E-mail Us
In Alameda County Norway rats, Roof rats and House mice are the three common domestic rodents that cause problems in residential, commercial and business properties. They eat and contaminate stored food, damage garden produce and fruit trees, cause structural damage, and can transmit diseases to humans and pets as well as biting mites. In most cases, sanitation (habitat reduction) and environmental and structural modifications (rodent-proof structures) are key methods to prevent and exclude rodents.
In 1987, the residents of Oakland approved a special assessment for the District to monitor and control Norway rat populations in the sanitary sewers in Oakland. Our staff conducts weekly inspections of underground sanitary sewers for signs of rodent activity. Where signs of activity exist, anticoagulant poison bait blocks are suspended in the sewer. Our staff also conducts smoke and dye tests to determine potential sewer line breaks as well as neighborhood surveys. We work closely with Oakland Public Works and other municipalities to facilitate repair of broken sewer lines and laterals.
Our District provides services to all vector related requests from the public. The Vector Control staff will conduct on-site inspections to determine the cause; evaluate the problems; and provide recommendations with an emphasis on integrated pest management (IPM) strategies to help solve the rodent problem and exclude rodent entry.