Rats and mice are not only a nuisance, but they can cause property damage and even transmit diseases. You will know if you have rodents in your home. You will see rodent droppings near food sources or shredded paper or fabric. If you notice that you have rodents in your home there are steps that you can take to remove them.
Simply removing the rodents with poison or traps will not keep more rodents from entering your home. You will need to prevent access into the home by sealing off as many entry points as possible.
Common things that rodents are drawn to are:
- Food that that is an unsealed container
- Pet food and water that is left on the floor overnight
- Fruits or vegetables that are placed in open bowls on the counter
- Leaky pipes or faucets
- Open trash containers
The most common places that rodents enter your home are:
- Missing screens in vents
- Missing screens in crawl spaces
- Holes around windows
- Holes around doors
- Cracked foundations
- Unscreened ventilation holes in the attic
- Holes around sinks
- Holes around appliance pipes
- Holes near cabinets
Once you have taken care of all of the possible points where the rodents are entering the home. You will need to eliminate any food and water sources. You will also need to take care of the remaining rodents.
Using a trap instead of poison will allow you to know how effective the rodent removal is. If you trap them, you are able to dispose of them quickly. If you have put out poison, there is a chance that the rodents will die in places you will not able to get to them and they can start to smell.
The most common type of trap is the snap trap. This trap uses a spring-loaded bar to kill the rodent. You can either dispose of the trap and the rodent or choose to release the rodent and reuse the trap. There is also a battery-powered trap that delivers and electric shock that kills the rodent quickly. This is a new type of trap and is available for both mice and rats.
When using traps be sure to read and follow the instructions and make sure to place them in a location where children and pets will not be able to reach them.
If you wish, you can hire a company such as Pest Logic to come out to your home and place traps for you. They will monitor the traps closely and remove any rodents that have been caught. Once there are no more rodents being trapped, the traps will be removed from the area. They can also place bait stations outside the home. Each month the bait will be checked and re-baited. Their technicians can also seal any areas that the rodents may be entering the home.