Rats and other rodents live closer to us than you might suspect; rat control is important. They can carry and transmit organisms causing disease, destroy buildings and electronic equipment, and leave their waste products throughout living areas.
Deeper than Extermination
It is not only important to fix a rodent infestation, but the opportunities for them to enter your house must be addressed: Rodent-proof your residence and remove the current population at the same time. A rat/mouse control expert will find structural openings as small as a quarter of an inch and patch them. This way, small creatures will not be able to enter in the future. If there is a crawl space under the home it should also be properly screened off.
Rodent Nesting Areas
Eliminating rodent nests is necessary to rid your home of rodents for good. The landscaping around your house should be thinned out as much as possible. Trees that come in contact with the roof or siding should be trimmed. If you keep lumber and firewood outside, elevate it by 18 inches to remove temptation for the rodents to nest there and work their way into your home.
Removing Any Food Source
Sanitation is an important part of the process as well. Cut off any rodent food source. Garbage needs to be kept in a rodent-proof can. Keep pet food off the floor at night. Clear your yard of nuts and fruits that may have fallen from trees. Bird feeders can leave seed on the ground and serve as another food source for rodents.
Signs of Rodent Infestations
If you suspect you have a rat or mouse problem check for a few different signs. You can often hear the gnawing of rodents or the critters crawling in the walls. Droppings will be found in any area that has a rodent problem. If you smell the urine of unwanted guests, you definitely have an issue. If you find wiring has been chewed, there is a good possibility a rodent is to blame.
If you see mice or rats, you can try using traps or glue boards to catch them. Peanut butter is a great bait since rodents cannot remove it without springing the trap. For a couple of days, place traps where you see the most activity. Don’t set the traps until the rodents get familiar with them. Then, they won’t be prepared for what the future may hold.
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