Prevention as Your Poison: Showing Rodents the Front Door for Good | Guest Post

It is never a good moment when you spot rodents in your house, or find evidence of their presence. You can be pretty sure that if you see just one rat or mouse, that they are not alone and there will be plenty more of their furry friends in residence, which is just what you didn’t want.

You can call on the services of someone like to help you get rid of rodents, and there are also a number of preventative measures that you can deploy in order to keep them at bay.


These pests are resourceful

Mice and rats are extremely resourceful and very adept at finding a way into your home, as they can often squeeze into the tiniest opening or crack. When you consider that a mouse can comfortably fit through a space that is no larger than a nickel, you get a sense of the task you are facing to keep them out of your home, without a bit of extra assistance.

Once these cunning creatures have found their way inside, they can wreak havoc, unless you do something about them quickly. Rodents increase the risk of fire in your home, as they gnaw through wires, and more frequently, they cause a number of potential health issues with the various bacteria that they can carry and leave around as they travel across your surfaces.

Discourage them

There are a number of simple steps that you can take in order to reduce the prospect of a rodent infestation in the first place. Start by screening vents and openings that could allow them in to your home and think about installing door sweeps on exterior doors. Also check for loose mortar and broken or missing weather stripping, which can offer them a way in if the space is exposed.

It makes sense to seal any cracks and holes outside of your home anyway, but especially when you consider what little space mice need to wriggle their way in. Don’t be tempted to leave any piles of rubbish or firewood too close to your property, as this will encourage them to set up camp there and then look inside your home for food. Store your garbage securely and don’t leave anything around to entice them in the first place.

Setting your own trap

More often than not, if you have a rodent infestation, it often requires the service of pest control professional to eradicate the problem. There are some things you can do yourself, such as setting some traps, but home remedies for repellant, don’t often prove that effective.

Mousetraps do tend to work, especially if you have quite a few mice around. A simple spring-loaded trap with a small amount of peanut butter to tempt them in, can often do the trick, but not all of us want the hassle of disposing of the captured mice or having to deal with them personally.

Finding their point of entry is crucial to success in getting rid of pests like mice and rats, which is again a good reason to call in a professional, as they know where to look and what to look for.

Guest post by Robert Kunst – he was inducted into the Pest Control Hall of Fame in 2010, the industry’s highest honour with only 33 living recipients in the world. Robert is president of Fischer Environmental Services which serves several areas and has extensive industry knowledge.

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