Rodent control can feel like a daunting task. When you are facing the threat pests or rodents in your home, you don’t want to waste any time! Get down to business with these tried and true tips. You’ll quickly be on your way to a safer, healthier, home environment. Above all, coordinate your efforts with your local rodent control professionals for a truly successful plan of action.
1. Laying Traps
If you want to try your hand at rodent control before calling in a professional, traps can be a relatively simple DIY solution. Trapping can be done using a variety of methods, but the standard old snap trap remains one of the most common and effective rat traps on the market. It is widely used in the professional community.
A second option, catch-and-release rat traps are the most humane products you can buy. It’s up to the trap-setter to decide where to release the rodent after it’s been caught. Although they are effective, these traps will be tricky for homeowners to manage if an infestation is present.
2. Know the Warning Signs
Rodent damage happens quietly and slowly over time, but it can wreak as much havoc as a fire or flood! To prevent disaster, you’ve got to be on the lookout for tell-tale signs of rodents in your home.
Mice and rats are nocturnal, so any nighttime gnawing, scratching, and noises should not be ignored! The attic is a favorite rodent nesting spot. Keep an eye on your thermostat. If rodents have invaded the attic it can cause fluctuations in your heating and cooling system, and decrease your energy efficiency. Pay attention to your pet. Family pets can also be a reliable indicator that something is up. When they feel that they’re territory has been invaded they may act restless or defensive.
3. Safety First
Rats and mice are carriers of dangerous parasites and diseases that can be severely damaging to humans. These health risks are mostly presented through food contamination and rodent feces. Hantavirus, a very serious pulmonary disease, is one to be especially wary of if you have rats in the attic. In the kitchen, be wary of salmonella that is spread through food contaminated with rodent feces or urine.
If you are suffering from allergies, it might not be from pollen! The urine and feces that mice and rats leave behind can play a major role in triggering dangerous allergies.
4. Eliminate All Entry Points
Most people focus in on the rodents inside their home. But to truly eliminate a rodent infestation, all possible entry points into your home must be sealed off. You’ll need to seal off all entry-points using rat-proof materials to keep them from returning. Metal mesh with measurements of at least 1/4” x 1/4”. This will make gnawing through impossible (even for rats!) It will also keep small rodents like mice from slipping through the cracks. You can add caulking to the mesh to fill up tight crawl spaces as too. This is a job best left to professionals if you want it done right!
5. Go Green
Rodenticides are meant for rodents, but they are not only poisonous to rodents. Pets too often suffer accidental deaths because they came into contact with rodent poison! Protect your family from the dangers of harmful chemicals being using green methods of rodent removal. A newer solution is the ultrasonic rat deterrent. It emits high-frequency sound waves (ones that only rats can hear!) to create sounds of unbearable distress for rats. Sealing entry points, laying traps, and effectively using rodent deterrents are all great ways to solve your rat or mice problem without using rodenticides.
6. Properly Maintain a Clean Attic
The attic is a neglected part of your home, which is exactly why rodents love to nest there! Be proactive and schedule a deep clean for your attic with professional decontamination services about every three years. This will protect your attic insulation from rodent damage, and keep the cooling and heating of your running smoothly.
Suspect that rodents have already invaded? Where there’s one, there’s more! Contact your local rodent control specialists to implement these key steps: inspect, seal, trap, remove, sanitize. Never try to remove dead rodents on your own, as they may carry highly infectious diseases.
7. Keep the Pantry Tidy
If your food is not properly stored you may be unwittingly providing a stable and accessible food source for your rodent infestation. Don’t give rats and mice an invitation to dine with you! Make your kitchen and pantry less appetizing by eliminating the attractive aromas, and putting food out of their reach.
All rats and mice love to eat any type of grains- cereal, granola, bread. They are also big fans of fresh fruit, seeds, and pet food. When it comes right down to it, they are opportunistic feeders are will eat whatever is available. Rodents will shred right through cardboard boxes and thin plastic baggies. To keep your food safe, store it sturdy plastic airtight containers. Next, keep all food stored above counter-height. Rodents are capable climbers and will easily access cabinets and shelves.
8. Yard Work
It’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on inside your home, but a well-maintained home exterior is crucial to successful rodent control. Holes in the lawn, or gnaw marks on the shed are warnings signs that you have rodents lurking around (plotting their way inside). Here are a few yard work tips for getting things under control outside: If you have tall trees in your yard, you’ll want to trim back the branches from your roof to prevent roof rats or other rodents from climbing into your attic. Also, piles of wood are common areas of shelter, so keeping firewood off the ground and away from your home will lower your chances of attracting rodents. Consider trying a safe spray repellant to get rid of the rodents. These are inexpensive and easy DIY steps to protect your home from rodents on the outside.
9. Avoid Rookie Mistakes
Know what you can handle and know when it’s time to call in the professionals. The biggest mistake you can make is underestimating the skill and resources that successful rodent control requires. Rats and mice aren’t just a nuisance. They carry harmful diseases, and professionals have special protective gear and tools ready to combat those threats. Without the right strategy and protection, you could really hurt yourself in the process of attempting rodent removal. Another common mistake made due to inexperience is the misuse of traps. While traps can be effective, they are also dangerous. They should never be left unattended in places where pets or small children accidentally encounter them. Coordinate your rodent control efforts with your local professionals for a well-thought out and successful plan of action.
10. Homemade Remedies
Around your kitchen, you may have several ingredients that could be helpful in catching or killing a rodent. With a little baking soda, boric acid, plaster of Paris, or other household items, you could whip up homemade rat poison in a matter of minutes. Rats are also strongly attracted to peanut butter, the way mice are to cheese, and both food items can be used to set traps. These common homemade remedies should be used to trap rodents with caution, as they could also attract other animals or pets.
By following these simple tips you can protect your home and keep your family safe from many of the dangers posed by pests and rodents. Take back control of your home and live rodent free today!
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