Having to control rodents in your house is not a fun experience. However, hiring a company to help you take care of this problem can be a quick and efficient way to get life back to normal. No matter what kind of rodent you’re dealing with a pest control professional is the best way to solve your problems.
Rodents reproduce rapidly and are difficult to contain without professional treatment. Many people don’t understand just how bad a rodent problem can be. They don’t just cause damage to your home they can be harmful or even deadly to humans.
One of the main problems with having rodents in your house, besides the scare factor, is disease. All rodents are notoriously dirty and carry a variety of diseases that can be passed on to humans. This makes them an especially dangerous pest to have in your home. Rodents pass diseases on to humans through several different ways. Food contamination is the most common way that rodents pass diseases along. However, many of these diseases can be passed along by simply breathing in contaminated air. This means that you might even might not even be aware of a pest problem and still contract a deadly disease.
If you notice any signs of rodent activity such as bags of food being chewed through, droppings, or heaven forbid seeing an actual rodent, it’s best to immediately seek treatment. Pest control professionals will work with you in a few ways to help control rodents around your home or business.
Seal Entry Points
First, they will spend some time looking in and around your home for any potential entry points that these rodents have found. All rodents are able to enter your home through very small openings, sometimes even through holes less than 1/4 inch in diameter. There are several areas that are known to be potential entry points for these pests.
- Behind kitchen cabinets
- Behind kitchen appliances
- Gaps around doors
- Dryer or HVAC vents
- From the attic or crawlspace
- Gaps around drain lines
Professionals will know all these favored entry points and more. Once they identify them, they will then begin sealing up any holes. This will prevent any additional pests from entering the home in the future.
Once these access points have been sealed to control rodents, they will work on removing any current rodents still living inside your house. This is typically a two-step approach and involves the use of both traps and poison. The combination of these two methods tends to be more effective at truly eliminating a rodent problem. A pest control professional will know the best rodenticides to use based on what type of rodent you’re dealing with and your family’s needs. All of these traps and poisons will be put in locations that keep you, your children, and any animals from coming into contact with it.
Once the problem has been removed it’s time to make sure that any affected food items have been removed. This involves going through every bag and box of food you have stored in your pantry. You may want to consider tossing any food that has been opened. It can be hard to tell if any rodents have made their way into your food without you knowing. Check all unopened boxes and bags for any signs that rodents have made their way into them. Once you have cleared out the contaminated food you should clean all cabinets thoroughly.
After going through this ordeal, we’re sure that you don’t want to have the same problem again. This peace of mind is something that only a professional can provide. After we have eliminated your current problem and sealed up any access points you can feel confident that your home will be free of rodents for years to come.