Rodents are pests that can cause serious issues for homeowners. If rodents get into your home they can damage your property and impact the health of your family. In order to protect your home and family you need to get rid of these pests as quickly as possible. Catching up on home maintenance, tidying up, and bringing in professional help will all work together to rid your home of a rodent infestation.
Catch up on home maintenance tasks
Catching up on home maintenance tasks is an essential part of protecting your house from rodents. Rodents can squeeze into your home through relatively small openings. In order to stop more rodents from moving in you need to close up areas that provide them with access. Take a walk around the perimeter of your home and check for breaches. Examine the eaves of your home, the attic, and the crawl space for signs of openings big enough for rodents. Seal up any breaches immediately. The other element of home maintenance you need to look at is the availability of water for the rodents. Rodents need water to survive and leaking pipes can provide them with the water they need. Check the water sources inside and around your house for any signs of a problem. Dealing with home maintenance tasks like these will help you in your efforts to get rid of a rodent infestation by taking away their access to shelter and water.
Tidy up your home
Tidying up your home can help you get rid of a rodent infestation for a couple of reasons. Rodents prefer to stay hidden and can do that in houses that are cluttered. If your home is packed full of things or stays in a state of disarray you may be providing rodents with ideal conditions. Lots of stuff lying around means plenty of places for rodents to hide. Messy spaces are also more likely to provide rodents with easy access to food. Forgotten crumbs, unwashed dishes, and overflowing trash cans are elements of a messy space that can give rodents plenty to eat. Eliminating the mess and decluttering your home are important steps toward getting rid of a rodent infestation.
Get professional treatment
The quickest and most effective way to get rid of a rodent infestation is to bring in professional help. A pest control professional will be able to use their training, experience, and tools to eradicate your rodent problem. Options for rodent control include traps and poison and will be tailored to the needs of your situation. Oftentimes a combination of traps and poison is used to effectively get rid of rodents.
Once you have eradicated rodents from your home you need to start thinking about how you will keep them away in the future. Staying on top of your home maintenance and cleaning duties will minimize your risk for future rodent infestations. You can also set your home up on regularly scheduled pest control services. Having a pest control professional treat your home for pests on a regular basis can help prevent a new infestation from occurring.
Rodents can cause significant distress to homeowners in Cincinnati. One reason for this is because they are a lot bigger than typical household pests. It can be downright frightening to see a rodent scurry through your house. But, their size is not the main reason that these types of pest should strike fear in your heart. The real threats that rodents pose are to your home and to your family. Rodents can cause serious damage to your property and spread disease to your family. The seriousness of these threats makes effective rodent control treatment very important.
Damage to your home
One of the biggest reasons proper rodent control is essential is because they can do serious damage to your home. Rodents are willing to chew on just about anything. They’re known to chew through wires inside walls and those connected to electronics and appliances. This type of damage can create potential fire hazards in your property. Rodents will also damage items inside your house by chewing through cardboard and paper to get materials to build their nests. Even seemingly strong building materials like sheetrock can be chewed through by rodents. In order to protect your home from damage you need to have a rodent control treatment plan that works.
Spread disease to your family
Effective rodent control can protect your family from the threat of diseases that can be spread by rodents. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists eleven diseases that can be transmitted directly to humans from rodents and fifteen diseases that are indirectly transmitted by rodents. These lists contain some serious diseases that you do not want anyone in your family exposed to. Rodents can transmit disease directly by contaminating your food supply. When they chew into the food packages in your pantry they can leave behind urine and feces that spread disease. In addition, direct contact with rodent urine or droppings and breathing in dust contaminated with them can transmit disease. Keeping your home rodent-free will go a long way toward protecting the health of your family.
Rodent control treatment options
There are two basic options for rodent control treatment: traps and poison. Traps are designed to catch rodents and either kill them or contain them until you (or your pest control professional) can remove them from the property. One benefit of using traps is the fact that you know where the rodents are. You do not have to worry about them crawling into some hidden space to die and causing your home to smell bad. You can remove any rodent that gets caught in the trap’s snare and set it up to catch the next one. Poison is the second broad category for rodent control. There is a wide range of options for killing off rodents with poison. If you choose to work with a pest control professional they will have a recommendation for the poison you should use based on your situation and their expertise. A benefit of using poison is that you can get to more rodents than you can with traps. Once a trap is full it cannot catch another rodent until you remove the old one and re-set the trap. You can easily set out enough poison to kill off several rodents at a time.
In Cincinnati you can get help with all of your rodent control treatment needs from the experts at Sure Thing Pest Control. We have the training, expertise, and tools necessary to protect your home and your family from the threat of a rodent infestation.