Rodents are among the list of most invasive pests you can find in Florida. They can be particularly challenging to control and can pose as a serious menace in any home.
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To be able to come up with an effective plan to eliminate these pests, there are a couple of things you need to know about them first.
Rats vs. Mice
Rats are known to be instinctive as they were wary around their environment which includes traps and baits that you have set up. This type of pest usually colonizes in burrows, attics, under porches, and other hard-to-reach areas. Mice are on the smaller side and invade your home in search of food and warmth.
They harbor and can transmit diseases and also carry parasites like ticks and fleas. Because rodents reproduce very rapidly, a rodent situation in your home could go from bad to worse if you don’t control it soon enough.
Because rodents are rapid breeders, prevention methods should be implemented as soon as you suspect that your home is susceptible to infestation.
Prevention – This is an early step to prevent rodents from taking over your home. Sanitation and rodent proofing your home are keys to reducing or even completely eliminating rodents. Keep in mind that rats only need small openings to be able to enter your home, so make sure that there are no holes or gaps where they can gain access. Also, make sure that you have proper storage of food and eliminate clutter where these pests may reside.
Rat traps – This is an effective and non-toxic way for rodent control. There are three common types of rat traps, and this includes, glue traps, electronic traps, and snap traps. When using this method, make sure that you place your mouse traps in an area where there is high rodent activity. Studies show that there more rodents that end up getting trapped on the first night compared to following nights, so it is advisable to use as many traps initially.
Repellent – You can choose between natural or chemical based repellents which all vary in effectiveness. For example, eucalyptus and mint have scents that are unattractive to rodents, but they are ineffective in repelling them. Meanwhile, the sound repellent is also another option. The high-pitched sound waves will prevent rodents from infesting the area where the sound is. However, because the sound does not travel through walls, you may need to place sound repellent in every room.
Rodenticides – It is important to know that you should be careful when using this bait to kill rodents, especially when you have other animals roaming around your home. It can pose as a high-risk to non-target animals, so it is safer to use this when you don’t have pets in the house.
These are effective methods that you can do if you suspect that there are rodents in your home. To effectively keep rodents out, you need a combination of methods like prevention, elimination, and maintenance. However, if the infestation in your home is out of control, it is always better to call a rodent control service to solve this problem.