The word ‘rodent’ literally translates into ‘to gnaw’. Rodents are not only a nuisance; they are also carriers of deadly diseases and can pose a serious health hazard. Their ability to gnaw through tough objects could also cause significant damage to your house. You can identify their presence in your house if you see rodent droppings near a food source, a piece of fabric or paper. Once you’ve identified the presence of rodents, you will need to consider measures to curb and eventually eliminate this menace. An effective rodent control strategy focuses on three important things:
Blocking access to your home: As a first step of the 3-pronged rodent control strategy, you will need to conduct a thorough inspection of your home to block any access routes rodent might use to enter your home. Any gaps, holes, cracks and crevices must be thoroughly sealed with an exterior-grade sealant.
Prevent exterior access: If your house has a garden, ensure there are no overgrown weeds and trees are well trimmed to remove any branches that are touching the exterior of your home. Winter firewood stocked in your backyard is an invitation for rodents as are fallen tree branches. Removing deadwood and storing winter firewood above the ground will discourage the entry of rodents.
Remove inside attractors: Sanitation is key to ensuring a rodent free home. Rodents need food to survive and thrive. Remember never to leave food uncovered or in a manner that gives rodents an easy access. All food items must be stored in air-tight containers and be kept either in a refrigerator or a kitchen cabinet.
Rodents also need a safe place to inhabit and their most preferred place of finding shelter is in paper and cardboard products. So, an effective rodent control strategy must focus on eliminating or controlling harborage, food and water supply. If rodents get conducive conditions, they can multiply rapidly and become a full-blown infestation. After eliminating and controlling their food and water supply, the next step is to get rid of existing rodents by using baits and traps. The key is to clear an entire area of rodents before they can migrate to other areas of your house.
If you still find rodents in your home, or tell-tale signs of their existence, despite having these rodent control strategies in place, you know that your rodent control strategies need to be improved. If you want to improve rodent control strategies to eliminate these pesky little inhabitants of your home, Contact Accurate Pest Control for the most effective rodent control measures.