A Guide To Rodent Prevention & Removal
Have you had the sinking feeling of seeing a rodent in your house? It doesn’t feel good. You see it out of the corner of your eye and feel an instant shock. Alternatively, you might never see them at all. They could start eating your food, leaving droppings around, or chewing up cords and wires. Rodents cause a whole host of problems, so you’ll want to do your best to keep them away. Below, we’ll give you tips for prevention, followed by guidelines for rodent removal.
Preventing rodents comes down to two ideas. First, you want to remove everything that is attractive to rodents from your home. The result will be less attention from them. Next, you want to plug up the holes in your home so even if they find you, they can’t get in.
So what makes your home attractive to rodents? Food smells and a hospitable environment. Food smells include both garbage and regular food. To avoid these smells be sure to properly dispose of your trash and keep all of your food in airtight containers. The next issue is making your home less hospitable to rodents. Rodents like two things: Thick bushes and moisture sites. To make your home inhospitable, trim your plants and fix any leaky pipes.
Plugging up holes is another effective prevention strategy. Rodents can get in through even the smallest openings in your home, so go over it with a fine-toothed comb and plug all of those openings up. The most common problem areas are broken screens, underneath doors, and through cracks in the exterior of your home.
When it comes to rodent removal, you have a variety of options. The first is doing it yourself. You can find guides online, take a trip to your nearest home improvement store, and give it your best shot. Unfortunately, people often have issues with this strategy.
Rodent removal is messy and often challenging. Consumers generally find that they buy traps, set them up, and then come up dry. They go back to the store for more expensive traps, and the same thing happens! Even if you are somewhat successful, you might only catch a few rodents, and the others will still run free. In this situation, you’ve helped your problem, but you haven’t solved it. Trying again and again often ends up being more expensive than simply getting professional rodent removal services.
Let’s say you successfully trap all of the rodents in your home. Now what? If you’re using traps that kill, you have a bunch of gross, dead rodents around your home. If you’re catching a larger rodent, you won’t know what to do with it. All in all, while you can conduct rodent removal yourself, it is generally a better idea to hire a professional.
No matter how responsible you are, rodents may still get in your home. When they do, don’t panic. Give Wildlife Troopers a call, and we will conduct rodent removal services quickly and effectively. Once we fix your issue, you can tighten up on prevention to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
If you find yourself in a rodent crisis, you shouldn’t feel overwhelmed or alone. Contact us and we’ll set up your free rodent removal consultation.