Getting rid of rats and mice is different from getting rid of insect pests. Using poison isn't always a good idea because you don't want dead rodents stinking up your home. Using glue or snap traps may not appeal to you either if you have a fondness for animals and don't want to see an animal, even a potentially dangerous rodent, killed in an inhumane way. Not taking action on a rodent problem can have serious consequences, so you'll need to implement some form of rodent control. Here are things that can help.
Work With An Experienced Professional
If you're seeing rodents frequently, then you need quick help. Rats and mice spread diseases through their droppings, urine, and bites. Plus, they eat through wood which could cause a roof leak, and they gnaw insulation around electrical wiring which can put your home at risk of fire. A rodent control company can help in several ways. They can apply the right rodent treatment, which might include poison if they determine that using poison is the right approach for your circumstances. However, it's likely they will set traps instead.
Poison is effective on rodents, but it puts other wildlife in danger, so it isn't always the first choice when getting rid of rats and mice. Instead, the exterminator can place multiple rat or mouse traps around your property and inside your home to eliminate the rodents as fast as possible in a way that doesn't endanger your kids, pets, or other wildlife. A good thing about letting a pest control professional handle the traps is you won't have to deal with the unpleasant prospect of killing the creatures if the idea bothers you.
Keep Rats From Getting Inside
You may never totally eliminate rats outdoors, but you can keep them out of your house. The rodent control company may help you with this if they offer exclusion services. This involves examining your house for points where rodents can squeeze inside. These holes are then plugged with materials that rats can't chew through.
Keep Clutter To A Minimum
While a pest control professional may do most of the work in killing off the rats or mice, there are still things you can do on your own to get rid of the rodents or prevent a rodent infestation. The main thing is to reduce clutter. Clutter is a paradise for rodents. It provides shelter and hiding places. Plus, it provides all kinds of things for rodents to gnaw around on. Cleaning up clutter in your yard helps decrease the number of rodents on your property and decreasing clutter inside eliminates a haven for rodents who stumble across it and decide to move in.
Another important aspect to keep in mind is that you want to take quick action when you spot a mouse or rat in your house. Call a rodent treatment company right away or set traps yourself before the rodents start multiplying and you have a situation that's difficult to handle and that results in damage to your home.