When rodents invade your home you want to get them out of there as quickly as possible. Many rodents carry diseases like Hantavirus and rabies. They can also introduce a flea infestation into your home. These tips will help you serve those unwelcome guests with an eviction notice.
Make your home uninhabitable (for rodents, that is)
Before you start getting rid of the rodents, you need to find out how they are getting into your home in the first place. Look around for cracks and holes in walls or near windows and doors. Make sure that your doors are sealed well. A mouse can go through an opening that is just 3/8 inches wide so any opening that is larger than around ¼ inch should be sealed.
Next, you want to clean your home well and put any food into air tight containers. Cereal boxes, bags of rice, and cookie packages are nothing more than open invitations to mice and rats. If it isn’t in the refrigerator, then it needs to be in an airtight container, preferable glass or plastic.
Types of extermination
There are two basic methods for getting rid of rats and mice: trapping and baiting. In severe infestations you may want to combine the two methods, but if you only have a couple then you are probably good with one or the other.
One of the best perks of trapping is that you can dispose of the dead mice and rats before their odor spreads through your home. You bait a trap, lay it out, the rat gets caught, and you dispose of the animal. It is that easy. This is preferable for smaller rodent populations.
Rat and mouse bait is a powerful poison that the animal ingests and then dies. If you have children or pets around you need to put the poison in a tamper resistant bait station so they cannot get to it. This is a good option for populations of just about any size, but when the animal dies it may be in your home – and you may not be able to find it. This means you may have to endure the smell for a few days.
Don’t be afraid to call in a professional.
If you see one mouse or rat it usually means that there are many more nearby. Typically, you would only see evidence of the rodents – feces or chewed food packaging. If you actually see a mouse or rat in your home then your situation may be bigger than you can handle on your own. If you have a large infestation or you can’t seem to get a handle on your rodent problem, your best bet is to call a pest professional and let them help you get your home pest free.