Four Tips For Controlling Rats and Mice This Summer
There are few things more frustrating than trying to deal with a mouse infestation – unless it’s trying to deal with a rat infestation! The feelings that accompany a mouse infestation range from anger to helplessness to out-and-out fear. And if you’re dealing with a rat infestation, well, then there’s likely a fair amount of revulsion to accompany those other feelings.
There are many tell-tale signs that you have a mouse infestation, and if you notice any of them, it may be time to call in the pest control professionals.
- Burrows dug into the ground, especially around concrete slabs, fences, or materials you have stored out-of-doors. Burrows will generally have hard-packed dirt around the opening.
- Gnawed wood is a common sign of a mouse infestation. Their incisor teeth grow continuously, and they must therefore gnaw on wood to wear them down.
- Shredded material such as paper can be a sign that mice are making nests on your property.
So, what exactly can you do to control rats and mice this summer? Here are a few suggestions:
- Don’t lay out the welcome mat. If you don’t want rats and mice living in your home, then make sure it doesn’t feel too “homey” to them. Get rid of materials that might encourage nesting, such as building materials stored outside and brush and weeds crowding your foundation. Store firewood up off of the ground, as well.
- There’s no such thing as a free lunch. You are far more likely to experience a rat infestation if there are food sources available to them. Make sure all of your rubbish is stored with a tight lid on top. Likewise, keep the food in your cupboards stored in air-tight containers to discourage rats and mice from scavenging.
- If you are unable to avoid a mouse infestation or rat infestation, then it’s time to take more drastic measures. One option is to set snap traps or glue traps near areas that the mice and rats frequent. These need to be laid right across the rodent’s normal path so that it is likely to run directly across the trap. You can also use poisons to kill the unwanted pests. If you are planning to use any of these methods, however, you need to use the utmost care to keep children and pets safe.
- Hire a pest control professional to get rid of your mouse infestation. This is probably going to be your most effective method for dealing with a persistent mouse or rat infestation that has proved difficult to solve in-house. There are a variety of methods that a professional pest control company can use to eradicate rodents.Hiring a pest control company to deal with a mouse infestation or rat infestation has several advantages. First of all, it saves you a lot of time and frustration that would be spent tracking down and trying to kill these pests. Secondly, a reputable pest control company will be well-trained in safe methods for killing, repelling and removing mice and rats. Finally, a good pest control company will be able to offer you a guarantee on their services.
Pink Pest Services can offer all of the above benefits when eradicating your mouse infestation or rat infestation. We’ll even give you a firm quote on the price of our services before we begin the work! Read more about our rodent control services here.