No one wants to deal with rodents in their home. Despite their unwelcome status, they make their way indoors every year to look for warm, comfortable hiding places and food when the weather starts to cool down. Not only are rodents a nuisance, they’re also a health hazard. The urine and feces of rats and mice can contain bacteria that cause illnesses like leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, and Hantavirus. If you see signs of a rodent infestation in your home, it’s critical that you act quickly to eradicate them.
How Rodents Get In the Home
Rodents can enter your home in a variety of ways. This includes cracks in the foundation of your home, holes around your windows, crawl spaces, missing vents, holes around pipes, ventilation holes in the attic, and other small openings that expose your home to the outdoors.
Signs of a Rodent Infestation
There are many ways to tell if you have a rodent infestation in your home. One of the most noticeable signs of a rat or mouse infestation is droppings in areas where rodents gather to eat or sleep. Droppings may be present in cabinets or drawers, in dark corners of your home, in the attic, or even in areas where there is food, such as a pantry. Urine trails may also be visible. Another sign of a rodent infestation is nesting material, like shredded papers or clothing, in areas where mice or rats might be sleeping.
DIY Rodent Control
There are a wide variety of do-it-yourself rodent control products on the market today. However, many of them leave a lot to be desired. Rat or mouse traps are generally available in three different varieties — live traps, snap traps, and bait stations. These tools require an understanding of rodent behavior in order to be placed and used successfully. Additionally, all three can pose a danger to pets and people if not managed with extreme caution. An alternative to traps would be electronic modules that emit a frequency designed to keep rats and mice at bay. Unfortunately, these products can be pricey and have not been proven effective.
Professional Rodent Control
One of the most effective ways to handle a rodent infestation quickly and effectively is to contact a professional pest control company. These companies are highly experienced in eradicating rodent infestations and offer rodent control services that are not only designed to eliminate rodents from the home as soon as possible, but also prevent the home from being reinfested. Professional pest control technicians can safely and effectively place traps and bait to get rid of mice and rats fast, without posing a health hazard to your family and pets. The average homeowner is unaware of the many entry points rodents can use to get into the home. A pest control professional however, can easily identify and seal these entry points to keep your home free from unwanted guests.
Do you have a rodent control issue?
Don’t wait for a rodent infestation to get out of hand before you take steps to eliminate rodents from your home. At the first sign of rodents, contact Golden Hills Pest Control. Our pest control technicians can identify the type of rodents you are dealing with and recommend the best treatment plan to eradicate the infestation once and for all.