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What Can I Do To Eliminate A Rodent Problem?

No one wants a rodent problem. Rats and mice enter our homes, get in our food, gnaw at our belongings, and worse of all, spread disease.

What do you do if you know you have a rodent problem? The first step, is to try not to get too overwhelmed. Many people in Southern California, and all over the world are susceptible to rodents. But, with a little due-diligence, you can eliminate your rodent problem.

Do some housework

A messy kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean you will get rats or mice, but it certainly is a good invitation. Food and beverage spills are like a flashing beacon for rodents to come in and help themselves. You don’t need to keep a spotless home to detract rodents, but you should be diligent in your housekeeping skills.

If you have rodents now, chances are, they’re sticking around because they have food and water, and a comfy place to nest.

To make sure rodents aren’t living off of you, make sure you clean up spills as they happen. You’ll also want to keep all food and beverages in sealed containers and make sure if you drop food inside 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.

The rest of the house should be kept clutter-free and as clean as possible.

Eliminate all holes and entry points

Eliminating entry points won’t stop the problem you have now, but it will help in the future. Mice and rats will enter your home through small vent holes near your dryer, in ripped window screens, even under doors.

You’ll want to make regular inspections of your home, looking for holes that can be potential entryways. If you see any, seal them up with caulk or steel wool.

Set traps

Placing a few traps in 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.

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.

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.