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4 Steps To Get Rid Of A Rodent Problem

Did you know that about 40% of all mammals are rodents? Rodents aren’t just mice or rats. Squirrels and beavers are rodents. So are hamsters and guinea pigs. Some rodents are ridiculously cute, but some rodents you just don’t want in your home.

Many rodents carry a plethora of diseases that cause serious health issues, and sometimes death. If you spot some unwanted rats, mice, or squirrels in your home, you’re going to want to get rid of them. Keep reading for some quick and simple steps that will help you eliminate your rodent problem.

1. Keep a clean kitchen

Food and beverage spills are like an invitation for rodents to come in and help themselves. To keep this from happening, make sure you clean up spills as they happen. You’ll also want to keep all foodstuffs in sealed containers, and make sure if you spill food in a cupboard, to clean it up.

If you have pets, you’ll also want to be sure that their food bowls are empty once they’re done eating, and if any of your pet’s food spills, that it gets cleaned up immediately. Keep pet food stored in metal containers with a tight-sealing lid.

2. Eliminate all holes and entry ways

Rodents can enter your home in all manners. Through small vent holes near your dryer, in ripped window screens, even under doors. The best way to keep you from getting rats, mice, or other undesirable houseguests is to seal up any small holes or cracks in your home.

Be sure to make regular inspections of your home, looking for holes that can be potential entryways.

3. Set a few traps

Placing a few traps strategically around areas where you’ve seen rodents will help you to control the ones inside your home. Look for signs of rodents by searching for their droppings, footprints in dust, or a strong, musty odor. Be sure always to follow the directions when setting traps. Also, mice and rats like more than just cheese. Peanut butter and apples also work well as rodent bait.

4. Call a professional

If you have a rodent problem, sometimes the best thing you can do, is to call in a professional. Rodents can cause serious damage within a short amount of time, which can cost you money and heartache. Seriously, have you ever had a rat’s nest appear in a box of keepsakes? It’s not pretty.

To avoid all this, and to save yourself some time and money, call in a professional pest company. A pro pest control service will be able to pinpoint the issue, determine how and why the rodents are invading your home, where they nest, and they will know how to get rid of them. They also understand that you won’t want another rodent problem, so they’ll be able to help you prevent rats and mice in the future.