Domestic rodents, also known as commensal rodents, live closely with human beings. Rats and mice are nocturnal and mainly invade homes in search of food. The two animals have almost similar characteristics but rats are larger than mice. Rodents are destructive, scary and can also transmit diseases to human beings. They gnaw on anything soft thus causing a lot of damage to your property. House fires also occur as a result of frayed electrical wiring caused by rodents. Luckily, there are several ways to get rid of rodents. Consulting professional rodent control service providers is recommended for a long term solution to rodent problems.
Signs of rodent infestation
To get rid of rodents, you must first identify rodent activity. This will help you to know the severity of the infestation and the areas that have been affected.
- Pellet-like droppings around food sources, sinks, and cabinets.
- Chew marks on pantry bags and grain bags.
- Squeaking sounds at night.
- Holes in walls.
- Partially eaten foods.
- Greasy marks on walls and surfaces.
How to get rid of rodents
Eliminate food and water sources
Rodents will stay in your house as long as they can access food and water. To get rid of them, you must make it impossible for them to access these items. Always cover foods in your kitchen, keep pet dishes clean and also cover bins tightly. Additionally, repair leaking pipes and remove any water that is standing openly. Clean up after your pet as their feces are also favorite meals for rodents.
Rodents are usually scared of human beings. As such, they will build their nests in places that people access rarely. Eliminating their shelter is a sure way to get rid of rodents. Some of the places they live in include vents, openings on walls, in cluttered household items, bushes, and vegetation. Destroy their shelter by covering large openings, trimming bushes and decluttering your home.
Kill the rodents
The best way to get rid of rodents is to kill them. If they escape, they will hang around your house and then find their way back to your home. You can kill rodents using baits or traps. Baits usually make the rats and mice die in a different location from where the bait station was placed. Traps usually catch the rodents and they remain alive so that you can kill them.
Place the traps close to the areas where they have built their nests. High levels of safety must be observed because traps can harm children and pets.
When using poison baits ensure that the rodents are removed immediately they die to avoid bad odor. Most importantly, the dead rodents must be disposed of properly. They should be placed in tightly sealed bags and the affected areas should be cleaned and disinfected.
Sealing up openings leading to your house or in walls is also another effective way to get rid of rodents. Mice and rats can get into your home through very small openings. As such, inspect your house to look for holes and gaps. Some of the areas that you should inspect include kitchen cabinets, inside closets, around doors and windows, pipes under the sink, the attic, basement, holes for cable, gas and electrical lines and in the garage.
You can use Sparko Silicone Sealant to seal up these gaps. If you leave any gap unsealed, rodents will continue to be a bother.
As is with many pest treatment strategies, cleaning up must be done to get rid of rodents. Keep all areas of your house clean. Do not leave dishes undone for long, clean after pets and disinfect dustbins. The trash outside the house should be kept in metal bins and the yard should be kept tidy. Additionally, once the rodents are killed, clean up the areas that had been infested.
Contact a rodent control expert
If you have a severe rodent infestation problem, it would be best to consult a rodent control expert. They will inspect your home, identify the nesting areas and apply the best treatment methods to keep your home rodent-free.
Are you finding it hard to get rid of rodents out of your property? Get in touch with Imagine Care. Once you call us, we will inspect your home and/or give you a quote. Our technicians will use environmentally friendly and risk-free techniques to eliminate rodents. What’s more? We follow up to ensure that rodents are completely gone and also offer you expert advice on pest problems. Call us on +254737898884, +254759292158, +254789231328, +254742448334, or drop an email to .