Home Rodent Control Tips From The Pros
Even just one rodent can send you straight to the store to purchase traps. The problem is that where there’s one, there’s a family or several families hanging out in your attic and walls, and they are difficult to get rid of.
Rodent control involves more than setting a few traps and hoping they work. In the old days, mouse traps were one of the only solutions to catching and killing rodents. The traps would be set up all over the attic floor and baited with cheese or peanut butter. While they worked at times, most of the time the bait would just sit there getting old.
Today, there are other options that homeowners can try for rodent control in North Georgia. We’ll talk about these and about professional rodent control service in North Georgia but first, let’s look at why you should do something when you see a dirty rat in your house.
Rats & Squirrels Spread Fleas
Whether you have house pets or not, a flea infestation can be caused by rodents like rats and squirrels. Can you imagine the number of fleas that are reproducing on these animals? Even more will be infesting their habitats.
Fleas are extremely difficult to control on your own. It takes consistent effort, a lot of work, and the right combination of methods to control fleas. If you see a flea in your house, you’ll want a professional pest control service.
Rat Nests Stink & Spread Airborne Germs
One homeowner had moved into a country home and was pleasantly ignorant of a rodent problem in the home. One day when they were repairing the bottom board in the bathroom vanity after a leak, they removed the board and were assaulted by an incredible odor. Looking down into that dark hole, they saw feces and nesting materials that reeked beyond description.
The homeowner thinking how disgusting this was, wondered where else in the home they had been nesting. Searching for chewed holes and other signs, they came to find out that the rodents were everywhere including behind the dishwasher and in the clothes closet walls.
Squirrels In The Attic?
The worst thing about a squirrel family making the attic their home is the chewing they love to do. Squirrels will even get up in your automobile and chew through the electrical wiring, probably just for fun. The holes they make in your home leave easy access openings for all kinds of other critters like scorpions and bats.
Keeping The Yard Debris Cleared
If you have a fence line that has bushes, vines, and tree saplings growing along it, it’s likely that there’s a lot of leaves and yard debris piling up along the fence. This is the perfect place for rats and other rodents to hide and thrive.
Anytime you have debris near or next to your house, you’re asking for trouble. Keep your lawn maintenance up, at a minimum, to remove the debris every couple of weeks or however often needed. Don’t give them a place to hide because the next thing you know, they’re chewing their way into your home!
Rodent Control Products
Out of all the rodent control products you should not use, poison is the biggest problem. Poison can be transmitted to your pets or children if they come into contact with a dead rodent that died from the poison. With rat bait, you will probably find that the rodent dies somewhere in the walls. The smell will be nauseatingly awful as the rodent decomposes.
If you use a mouse trap, be sure you wear gloves when baiting the traps because your scent will keep the rats away. This is the biggest reason why they don’t work. They are more attracted to peanut butter than cheese. Use a small amount. Also they are interested in things like cotton balls or small scraps of fabric for nesting. There are plenty of humane mouse traps on the market that won’t kill the animal.
Professional Rodent Control Services in Northern Georgia
Pest control professionals can help you get rid of rodents of all types. Mice and rats are the most common types of wildlife that infiltrate our homes. They will offer you humane methods to rid your home of the rodent problem. If you live in North Georgia, call PCS Pest Control Solutions.