Best Ways to Stop Your Rodent Problem

Stop Your Rodent Problem

For many, just the word “rodent” is enough to send them running for shelter somewhere high away from those creepy critters.  If you have a rodent problem, then you know how disruptive (and downright disturbing) it can be for everyone who lives in your home.  Fortunately, rodent issues can be cured if you take proper measures.  Want to know how?  Here are the best ways to stop your rodent problem:

Identify the rodent problem

Rodent problems are not only limited to rats and mice.  In order to treat your problem, you must first determine what you are dealing with.  Common pest rodents (besides those previously mentioned) include squirrels, bats, and even raccoons!

Sanitation

This is perhaps the most important thing you can do to keep rodents at bay.  A clean house ensures that there are no food sources to tempt rodents in and support their growth and reproduction.  All of those dark areas under your kitchen appliances (stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, etc.) are common food collection areas, and are therefore ideal rodent hangouts.  Clean these spaces regularly.  Also, be careful not to leave food or drinks out on tables and countertops overnight, and keep your pet’s food sealed in an airtight container.  When it comes to the outdoors, clear your property of dead brush, where rodents like to hide, and keep any lumber piles elevated off the ground.

Seal off rodent entry points

Inspect your home for areas where rodents may gain entry.  Look for cracks under doorways where weather stripping can be applied, gaps in tile roofs (rodents can actually chew through your roof and gain entry into your home through your attic), cracks in the foundation, and pipes and vents that lead from the outside in.

Rodent traps

For large rodents, you may set up a box trap.  Basically, you just set up a pet carrier with a trap door that falls when a lever, inside the box, is tripped by the rodent.  For smaller rodents like mice, you can set up mouse traps throughout the home.

Baits for rodents

If your home is host to more than just a few rodents, you may need to bait the rodent population to get rid of them on a large scale.  Purchase rodent bait from any chain retailer, hardware, or home improvement store, and then follow the manufacturer’s directions for usage.

If you are not comfortable handling rodent problems on your own, you can choose to put your rodent control into the hands of professionals like us.

Contact us at Double G Pest Control by phone, at 217-440-2847, or email: ggpest1@gmail.com.

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