For a lot of people, hearing the word rodent means mouse or rat. However, mice and rats aren’t the only creatures that belong to this classification. Squirrels, beavers, porcupines, and gophers, are also known as rodents. So, why do rats and mice get top billing? Well, it’s simple. When was the last time you saw a porcupine raid your pantry or get into the voids of your walls? When you see rats and mice at home, you can implement rodent control methods on your own or you can hire a professional who can do it for you.
Mice and rats are likely to invade your cabinets. They are the ones that you will find crawling around your home while you are sleeping. This will move dangerous bacteria from your trash to your food, silverware, prep surfaces, and plate cabinet, as well as shelves where you store your food. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with these two kinds of rodents, or the diseases they bring into your house. Here are a few pest control tips to help you keep them at bay.
Rodent Control Tips
Get Rid of Attractants
There are several conditions that could attract rats and mice onto your property. Fewer attractants mean fewer visits from rodents. If you find rodents in your yard, then be sure they don’t have access to trash, harbourage, water, and overgrown vegetation. In case your home has been invaded by rats, don’t hesitate to call a pest control company
Monitor For Activity
It is also crucial for you to conduct regular inspections for indications of rodents in your yard. Check for droppings left near the walls or on horizontal spaces, damage from chewing, the smell of rat urine, holes in the ground, as well as grease marks on your walls.
Seal The Exterior Walls
If mice and rats explore your walls, it is important that they don’t find any entryway or any areas that they could exploit. If water will soften the wood, or bugs will chew on tiny holes, rodents are going to be happy in benefiting from all these. Check the exterior walls of your home for insect damage and wood rotting and be sure to fix them right away.
In case you see gaps surrounding the electrical conduit or the pipes, you have to fill these holes. Mice could easily fit through a hole that has a size of a dime and several rats could fit through a hole that has the size of a quarter. In case the hole is too small, they could easily make it bigger using their strong and sharp teeth.
Starve Them Out
Rats and mice are less likely to stay inside your home if they don’t have access to your food. Mice could find food in many places and thanks to their teeth they could easily cut through some metals and even concrete. Make sure that all of your interior trash is kept in a sealed container. Cardboard packaged foods should also be placed in hard plastic containers. There is one foolproof way when it comes to rodent control in Myrtle Beach and that is by hiring a professional exterminator.
Call Zap Pest Control Inc. if you need the services of professionals to get rid of rodents from your home.
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