Rodents are small, creepy creatures such as rats, squirrels, mice, hamsters, and porcupines. These animals are invasive and are more of a nuisance than advantageous. They transmit diseases, destroy property, and taint food. Most common culprits that are in constant conflict with homes are the rats and mice. Rodent invasion at homes is embarrassing and unsafe for your loved ones and are generally annoying as they can even give you sleepless nights.
To restore sanity at homes and create conducive work environment at your business premises, there is a need for effective local rodent control practices. Rodents multiply at an alarming rate when their living conditions (water, shelter, and food) are optimum. Sometimes, you may need the help of a reliable pest exterminator to control and prevent pest infestation in your home or premises.
Rodents can penetrate in spaces or cracks that don’t seem penetrable at all and gaining access into your homes and business premises. They gnaw on wood, food, electrical wires and even through walls. This makes them destructive and a significant threat to your business and homes. Here are four effective techniques controlling and preventing pests infestation in your home.
1. Residence inspection
Facility and residence inspection for rodents and other pests is critical before carrying out any control measures. This is most suitable during the peak of their activities specifically dusk hours. By use of a flashlight, rodent presence can be detected by sightings of their fecal droppings, the presence of burrows, gnaw marks and sightings of live or dead bodies. Other giveaways are rodent smells, sounds, and change in the behavior of pets at homes.
2. Exclusion of rodents
Once an inspection confirms rodent invasion, you need to seal all entry points the rodents use to enter your home to prevent further intrusion. This includes caulking, sealing of holes in the walls and plumbing repairs of drainage systems and filling of gaps which could be used by rodents to enter your homes or business. All entry and reentry points of rodents should be sealed to prevent any more breaches.
Since most of the rodents living conditions are despicable to the human environment, it is very important to practice proper sanitation to ensure rodents don’t have the right living conditions to inhabit your residence. Food and garbage storage and disposal should be done in sealed glass or metallic containers to prevent rodent access. Dirty utensils should not be left on sinks or counters as this tends to attract rodents. Consumables should also be stored in closed containers to avoid contamination by rodents.
4. Use the right pest control methods
Using the right pest control methods can help you eliminate the rodents in your household or business premise. These methods include the use of traps, chemicals, and baits. Knowledge of the similarities and differences in the behavior and size rodents greatly influences the choice of method to use.
The use of baits and traps will majorly depend on the size, shapes, and weights of the pests. For instance, you cannot use mice traps on rats as they are too small and vice versa. It is of great importance to know what you are dealing with and know beforehand about the rodents to determine the type of baits and traps to use.