Rodents in South Orange County?

Reading the blog below in the Mission Viejo Patch it has come to our attention there is some question as to whether rodents would nest in palm trees. The question relates to shaggy, unkempt trees and if those are more likely to have rats. Roof rats are fond of palm trees in general, whether kempt or unkempt. Their nests in those trees provide them access to water and protection from natural predators. Some palms even produce fruit the rodents can use for food. In our professional opinion, yes these palms can be hosts for rodents and it won’t really matter much if the city trims them or not. Rodents are a fact of life in cities as rats are commensal animals and thrive in environments with people and landscaping. The only way for residents of Mission Viejo, or any other Orange County city, to have true peace of mind about the sounds in their attics is to have a rodent inspection performed. Most likely those sounds are what homeowners fear, rats. If they are then PacWest Exterminators can set up a rodent control service to help keep them out of your home.
 
Article:
http://missionviejo.patch.com/articles/do-rats-infest-mission-viejo-s-shaggy-palms-85779237