Have you recently discovered that you have rats or mice living in your home? Do you need to get rid of them as soon as possible before their population gets out of control? As with many other pests, seeing one rat or one mouse almost certainly means that there are already many others nearby. Fortunately, the sooner you deal with this invasion of your home, the better things will be. Since rats and mice can bring a variety of diseases into your home, some things that you need to do as soon as possible to eliminate them include the following.
Rats and mice have sharp teeth that can gnaw through just about anything. This means that most of the containers in your pantry and/or cupboards right now are just waiting to be chewed through. One of the first steps in your rodent control plan should be to repackage everything so that the rats and/or mice can't get to it. Large plastic totes or buckets that have tightly-fitting lids can be used to store items that can't be put into smaller containers. Things like flour, sugar, and oatmeal should ideally be kept in metal, glass, or ceramic containers that have tightly fitting lids.
Hire a professional
Professionals are going to know how best to get rid of the rodents in your home. Different species of rats or mice have slightly different habits and diets, something that can frustrate an unknowing amateur. For instance, traps meant for mice may not be big enough to trap rats and mice may not be big enough to trigger traps that are meant for rats. This is why it is essential for your rodent control efforts to know exactly what you're dealing with and exactly how you should be proceeding.
Rats and mice are remarkable creatures in that they can fit through tiny holes that you might not expect that they could fit through. As a result, finding and sealing up as many holes as possible is essential to your rodent control efforts. Small rats and mice are able to fit through holes that are as wide as a pencil. Larger rats may need to gnaw such an opening to make it a little larger, but not by what most people would consider being a significant amount. Have your pest control professional check around the exterior of your home and point out any areas that they think would allow rats and mice to enter.
For more information, contact a rodent control service today.