Have Kids? How to Rodent Proof Your House Safely

Have Kids? How to Rodent Proof Your House Safely

When the threat of mice and rats is real, you need to a rodent control solution ASAP. Before you purchase the pesticides in your Amazon shopping cart, remember that if they’re harmful to rodents they’re harmful to children too. Follow this guide and learn how to eliminate rodent infestation safely!

family smiling after having exterminators rodent proof their home
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Rodent Dangers

Rodents are the last surprise visitors you want in your house. Not only are they creepy and dirty, but they also pose very real health risks to your family. The CDC offers these details on diseases that are directly transmitted by rats and mice in the United States:

  • Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome: virus spreads by breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings, or direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings.
  • Leptospirosis: bacteria is spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with urine from infected animals, or contact through the skin or mucous membranes (such as inside the nose) with water or soil that is contaminated with the urine from infected animals.
  • Lymphocytic Chorio-meningitis (LCM): virus spreads by breathing in dust that is contaminated with rodent urine or droppings, or direct contact with rodents or their urine and droppings.
  • Plague: bacteria is spread by the bite of an infected flea or direct contact with an infected rodent.
  • Rat-Bite Fever:  bacteria is spread by receiving a bite or scratch wound from an infected rodent, or contact with a dead rodent. Also by eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated by rat feces.
  • Salmonellosis: bacteria are spread by eating or drinking food or water that is contaminated by rat feces.
  • Tularemia: bacteria spread in several ways- handling infected animal carcasses, being bitten by an infected tick, deerfly or other insects, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, and breathing in the bacteria, F. tularensis.

As a parent, you’ve probably taken many steps to child-proof your home and make it safe like securely storing strong cleaning supplies, placing covers on electrical outlets, etc. But it might not have crossed your mind to rodent proof your home for your children’s protection. The first step is proactive rodent prevention.

Kid Safe Rodent Proofing

One of the safest and most effective ways to rodent proof your home is to eliminate all potential entry points. Taking this proactive approach will stop a rodent problem before it ever has a chance to begin!

the key elements for rodent proofing a residence
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Finding and Sealing Possible Entry Points

Carefully evaluate the exterior of your home. Rodents will enter attics through small, weather-worn holes or openings such as vents and chimney pipes. Bear in mind that rats can enter through a hole that is only a ½ inch in diameter!

To effectively keep rodents out, begin by walking the perimeter of your home. Inspect carefully, and find and seal any spots in your home’s outer walls that could be an entry point. Mice and rats are crafty, intelligent, and determined creatures. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. They will take advantage of any weakness on your property. 

Not quite sure what you’re looking for? Contact the experts at  Green Rat Control to do a thorough inspection. They will find and tightly seal all possible entry points with steel and a polyurethane sealant!

setting up mechanisms for rodent proofing
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Take precautions and guard your home by looking for any holes in your roofing. To do this, lift up damaged shingles and pry out the nails underneath. The damaged shingles will slide out. Underneath you’ll need to repair the hole in the roof, then replace the old shingles with new ones. You can use roof cement to securely reinforce the new nails. 

Other repairs you may need to consider are vent covers and a chimney cap. If you have uncovered vents or chimneys you’re practically inviting rodents inside your house! This is a relatively easy fix, but it is important to use a cover made of wire, not mesh, to keep rodents out. Add a layer of steel wool behind the cover for extra protection!

Eliminate Other Access Opportunites

If you have low hanging tree branches near your home you could be giving rats easy access. Roof rats are very capable climbers and use tree branches to invade the attic. Get into the habit of trimming back trees and nearby foliage so they’re at least 2 ft away from your house. Rats will make a jump for it if they’re too close!

The garage is another popular part of the home that rats and mice are attracted to. Believe it or not, rodents have been known to nest inside of cars! They also love to set up camp in the garage if there’s pet food out, it is one of their favorite snacks. Do you use your garage as a storage area? Cardboard storage boxes will quickly be sought out and shredded by rodents for nesting material. The best safe pest control strategy for this area is to apply a rodent-proof garage door seal. A relatively inexpensive fix, the seal will secure the tiny gap that rodents squeeze through to enter your home. 

Protect Your Attic

Kid safe pest management in the attic starts on the outside by securing your roof and continues on the inside by keeping a clean space and properly maintaining attic insulation. Rodents crave the isolation, dust, and cozy insulation your attic provides. Make your attic space less inviting by keeping it clean and tidy. 

Attic insulation plays such a big part in regulating the energy efficiency of your home that it’s well worth investing in rodent-proof insulation. Rodent droppings, urine, and shredding compromise the insulation, making it completely ineffective. Black foam and similar insulation products can effectively repel rodents! Contact Green Rat Control to learn more about how installing rodent proof insulation in your home can keep your kids and family safe.

Other Pest Control Methods

If you suspect that rodents have already made their way into your home there are several steps you need to take to keep your kids safe:

  • First, identify and locate the rodent. Look for rodent runways or tracks, keep an eye out for droppings, urine and grease stains. These will all be close to the rat or mouse nest. Once you determine the possible location, keep kids away from this area of the house.
  • Next, you need to safely remove hazards such as rodent droppings or urine. They can carry highly infectious diseases. Never sweep or vacuum them up! That can cause bacteria to become airborne. Wearing protective gloves and a mask, carefully pick up debris by hand and seal them in a ziplock bag. Put it out with the trash immediately.
  • Finally, you need to perform rodent removal. Whether alive or dead, that rodent has got to go! Consider only green pest control options that are safe to use around children. 

Rodent Removal

Pesticides are not an option for homes where children are present. They are deadly to rodents and incredibly dangerous to children and pets.

Mouse traps and rat traps have long been a go-to rodent control product in the United States. The old snap trap is classic but when you have kids or a dog or cat living in the house, you need to be very careful about how you go about removing rodents. Many popular rat and mouse traps use sticky tape or glue that curious pets will get stuck or hurt on. Other traps use bait that is also attractive to pets. The problem with setting these types of traps is that if you leave them unattended, you are risking the health of others in your home.

The best approach to rodent removal is calling in the experts at Green Rat Control. The highly trained team is certified in safe rodent removal practices. They can locate and extract your rodent in a very short time. For health and safety of your kids, get the job done right!

Contact GRC for your free consultation today!