Rodents are by far one of the most irritating types of pests. Not only do rodents spread diseases, destroy property and cause unpleasant odors, but they can cause untold amounts of psychological harm to anyone forced to have them as houseguests. Fortunately, you don’t need to let these harmful pests have their way. Here is a quick battle plan that should send any rats or mice packing.
Eliminate Entry Points
First things first, you’re going to want to seal off any openings in your house that rodents can use to come inside. If you don’t lock them out, it won’t matter how many you kill; they’ll just keep coming back. Preventing them from entering your home may be challenging, considering that mice are able to squeeze through openings the size of a dime; however, with caulking and steel wool, it can be done. Look around your house’s foundations–especially where utility pipes and vents connect to it and block any points of entry. Close window gaps with weather stripping, and finally, when you close the garage door, make sure the bottom is completely level with the ground.
Lay Out Traps
Traps are a classic way of dealing with rodents and for good reason. It’s simple, inexpensive and effective. However, some methods of trapping are superior to others. For example, sticky traps can be useful, but they are not always reliable, as rodents may be able to escape from them, and some larger rats have even been known to walk off with the trap itself stuck to their backs. Similarly, poisons are not always ideal. Not only are they unsafe to use around children and pets, but also you don’t know where a poisoned rodent is going to wander off to before it dies and begins to rot. Clamp traps are good for mice, but you should invest in a CO2-powered automatic striker trap for rats, which encourages them to stick their heads in a machine before a steel piston kills them instantaneously, and then self-resets for continuous use.
Get a Cat
Finally, to round up the last of your rodent intruders, consider getting a furry night guard to hunt them down. Keep in mind that cats are far from an end-all solution to rodent infestations. However, once you’ve completed the steps above, a cat or two can be just the thing to keep the few remaining rats and mice on their toes. It’s up to you.
If rodents are giving you stress, fight back and take control of your house. For more information, or to receive quality pest control services, contact us at Lethal Pest Solutions today.