No homeowner wants to learn they have a rodent infestation. Just as with any type of pest, the best form of rat control is prevention! To avoid the frustration of dealing with rats and mice on your property, it’s important to implement preventative measures to keep them outside. Besides being gross, rodents can be carriers of a variety of diseases, their droppings can pose serious health hazards, and the property damage they cause is typically costly. For these reasons, it’s essential to know what you can do to lessen the risk of rodents in your home.
Preventing rats and mice
To avoid getting mice and rats in your home, it’s crucial to learn how to keep them from entering in the first place. In the pest control industry, we refer to this as “exclusion”. Some of the best ways to prevent rats and mice from getting indoors include:
- Seal cracks and openings around your home using expanding-foam insulation, copper mesh, quick-drying cement, or caulking.
- Keep a clean home that is free of debris, clutter, food messes, and more.
- Check your yard for signs of rats and mice on a regular basis.
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How do rodents get inside?
You may be shocked to learn that some rodents can fit through holes the size of a dime, which is why they invade properties so easily. For the most part, rats and mice enter through crevices in your foundation. They can also find ways to enter the property where siding has become worn or in openings where pipes or wires are fed into the house. Once inside, they are known to hide in walls, attics, basements, and elsewhere.
Professional rodent exterminators
Treating for rodents varies a lot depending on the building, the areas affected, and the species of rodent. In addition, DIY rodent control simply won’t be effective enough to get rid of an infestation. For these reasons, it’s recommended to get the opinion and help of a professional rodent exterminator.Back to Rodent Exterminators- Rats & Mice Exterminators
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