If you’ve found evidence that your home is experiencing a rodent infestation (or is about to), you need to take action immediately. Maybe you’ve heard the stirrings of small creatures in your attic, or discovered rodent feces in your attic. Regardless of where you have a pest problem, it needs to be addressed.
Some homeowners, when confronted with this situation, will do no more than throw down a few traps and hope for the best. Others might choose to subscribe to the farm cat theory and acquire a cat or two in hopes that they’ll be able to fend off a rodent infestation. However, the truth is there are proven steps for dealing with a rodent infestation in the home.
Getting Rid of Rodents
Aside from the unpleasant odors associated with rodents and their droppings, rodents can aggravate the sufferings of those in the household who deal with asthma and allergies. Even worse, rodents can carry diseases, including rabies. Whether you’re aware of it or not, there are almost always rodents somewhere in close proximity to your home, waiting to gain an entry point to your home and begin to build nests. Once they do gain entry, you’ve got a serious problem on your hands. To help you avoid such a situation and get rid of rats and mice, take the following steps.
1. Seal and Store Food
Rodents set up nests in homes where they have an adequate supply of food. If you are not sealing foods that have been opened or are not refrigerated, you’re handing pests an open invitation to dinner at your place. This especially goes for the food you feed your pets, as pet food is often left in an open bowl readily available for pests to eat whenever no one’s around. So as to not create an environment where pests can eat your pet’s food, only fill pet bowls with an amount they can eat in one feeding, then seal away the rest.
2. Exercise Proper Garbage Control
Sometimes taking out the garbage in the house is just not convenient. However, it’s important you make an effort to do so – if not every day, then every other day. Rodents, like most animals, have a highly developed sense of smell and will quickly gravitate to indoor garbage receptacles as soon as they catch the scent.
3. Address Issues in the Home
There can be quite a few so pay careful attention to this step. If you are not inclined nor able to perform any of these steps, don’t hesitate to call on the services of a qualified professional.
- Keep landscaping near the home neat and orderly. If you have overgrown trees, bushes or shrubs adjacent to your home, you may be unwittingly setting up a staging area for rodents to seek entry into your home. Make sure that you keep this area neat so rodents are not able to conceal themselves.
- Inspect ventilation, doors, windows and exterior walls. You need to make sure that air vents leading into your attic and crawl space are sealed properly so that rodents cannot make entry into the house through them. Make sure there are no gaps in any of your doors or windows that can be used for access by rodents into the home. The same goes for your home’s exterior walls. It doesn’t take much of a crack or hole in a wall for rodents to be able to crawl through.
- Make sure your crawl space and attics are properly sealed. This requires specific knowledge and expertise, and should often be left to a professional. What you’re looking to have done is for the interior walls and ceilings thoroughly sealed from outside air flow. This will cut down on the possibility of excessive moisture build up in your crawl space or attic, moisture which can damage insulation as well as lead to the growth of mildew and mold colonies.
- Carefully inspect the insulation in your crawl space and attic. Pay special attention to this step, as insulation is a prime nesting area for rodents. Your insulation may have been previously damaged by rodents or other pests, from excessive moisture build up, or it may not have been properly installed in the first place. If any of these conditions exist, have it replaced with good, quality insulation by a professional.
4. Utilize Ongoing Rodent Prevention
Once a rodent infestation problem has been addressed, the last thing you want to happen is for it to reappear. This is where contracting with a professional pest control service comes in. Regular, periodic assessments and treatment for pests is the surest way to keep them away.
Keeping Out Rodents Before They Arrive
Stay one step ahead of those nasty pests and begin pest-proofing your house today. Using the above steps for creating a crawl space and attic that says “No!” to rodents, ensure the safety of your home and the health of your family. And, if you need any help with the dirty work, contact Clean Crawls today.