The critical importance of rodent control. Facts you need to know and why you need to keep wild rodents out of your house!
Rats carry many diseases – Hantavirus, leptospirosis, typhus and meningitis to name a few. Rats transfer diseases through saliva and if they bite you (even when you sleep), they can transfer disease including rat-bite fever which causes fever, vomiting and joint pain and can be fatal if left untreated.
Rats are hardy creatures and thrive in water and wet areas. It is not wise to flush rats down toilets as they are excellent swimmers and can survive, treading water, for 3 days, and often will make their way back up the pipes to your home.
Rats can be voracious chewers. Rats have razor sharp teeth and can chew through wood, dry wall, electrical wires and even cinder block and lead pipes.
Rats love to get it on. A female rat can mate with many partners during a six-hour period of “heat,” or sexual receptivity, which occurs about 15 times per year. That adds up to as many as 2,000 offspring in one year!
Don’t take a rat infestation sitting down. There is a reason rodent control is so important. Protect your home. Protect your health. Protect your loved ones. You’ll be much happier if you implement an effective rodent control strategy and keep these little beasties out of your home.
The 3-step method for a complete rodent control, removal, and prevention strategy.
If you already have a rat infestation, barring any DIY efforts you take, it is critical to call a professional, so the rats can be controlled quickly. The sooner you regain control of your home and property, the sooner you can move on to the next steps to a well protected home or property.
Refer to this article, Rodent Prevention: Your first and best defense, for more information on how you can work with rodents traps around your property.
Seal up holes inside and outside the home to prevent entry by rodents
Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel, and rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar! Prevent rodents from entering the home by checking inside and outside the house for gaps or holes.
If you find small holes around your home, garages, and outbuildings, according to the CDC, here are some effective techniques to filling or blocking those possible entry points:
- Fill small holes with steel wool. Put caulk around the steel wool to keep it in place.
- Use lath screen or lath metal, cement, hardware cloth, or metal sheeting to fix large holes. These materials can be found at your local hardware store.
- Fix gaps in trailer skirtings and use flashing around the base of the house.
If you do not remember to seal up entry holes in your home, rodents will continue to get inside.
Don’t underestimate the importance of proper rodent removal. As the trapped rodents die, their bodies will quickly decompose, leaving a strong stench emanating from their carcass – the stench of death. Even disposing of the rats in your trash bins could prove to be a mistake as the stench can overpower any other smells quickly.
Disposal of rodents and rats takes some small amount of care. You should always wear disposable gloves to protect yourself against possible disease. Also, make sure to dispose of the vermin in a way to keep the spread of the decomposing odors away from your home. Sealing up the carcass in an air tight bag is a great way to do that.
Once you have implemented an effective rodent control and removal strategy, you’ll want to set up a rodent prevention system to help keep your home rat-free. Setting up traps at critical areas on your property can help prevent any repopulations. Blocking any and all possible entry points is important too. Even proper property maintenance can go along way to discourage rodent repopulations.
Clean up rodent food sources and nesting sites
Keep food in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids.
Prevent contact with rodents by cleaning up your home or workplace.
Eliminate possible rodent food sources.
One of the most common mistakes is to leave your pet’s food out at night. Rats and rodents love to devour pet food.
Another surprising food source for rodents can be your pets feces in the yard. Keeping your yard clear of pet feces will help discourage rodents from exploring your land.
Call wildlife removal professionals.
While we‘ve include a good amount of advice and tips so you can start protecting your home from rodent invasions, for some, the best course of action is to call the professionals. Professional service providers already have all the materials needed and the experience to protect your home in an effective manner.
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