Rodent Control – Prevent Rodents From Getting Into Your House This Spring
Rats and mice are infamous for escaping the winter cold by hiding inside houses, where they nibble and poop in your food, gnaw your belongings and electric wiring, leave trails of droppings across the floor, and possibly infect you with dangerous diseases.
As spring begins to thaw western Pennsylvania, you might be letting out a sigh of relief, thinking the warm weather will lure the pests out of your house. Unfortunately, that probably won’t be the case, especially if your home is a source of easy food or convenient hiding places.
Rodents can be a problem all year round. Norway rats, the most common rat species in Butler County and Beaver County Pennsylvania, can have a new litter of eight or more babies every 23 days, while deer mice and house mice produce three or more pups per litter and reproduce multiple times each year.
Needless to say, once a rodent family has gotten started in your home, it can grow quickly and be hard to get rid of.
Because of this, while do-it-yourself rodent removal methods for rodent control can help get rid of minor infestations, it’s better to prevent the problem before it starts.
Rodent control for your house this spring:
- Remove the temptation.
Rodents are good and gnawing and burrowing, and they can be difficult to keep out of a structure they want to get into. So your first step is to remove their reasons for wanting to enter your house in the first place.
Don’t leave food out where rodents can get to it, in your house or your yard. The more they can find food in your yard, the more incentive rodents have to hang around, and the more likely it is that they’ll decide to try exploring your house.
Keep your garbage in tightly sealed containers, and do the same for your food – especially food made from grains.
Plastic, glass and metal containers are more rodent-resistant than cardboard, so transferring your cardboard-packaged groceries into such containers will help protect them from rodents and other pantry pests.
Make a point of wiping your tables and counters promptly after meals, whether indoors or outdoors, so you don’t leave an appetizer of tasty crumbs that tempts pests to explore the area in search of the main course.
- Don’t make access easy.
While rodents are capable of making their own holes, they’re more likely to invade a house that has convenient preexisting entries just waiting to be scurried through.
Seal any cracks in your walls and foundation, repair holes in your screens, block vents with screen or steel wool, and apply weather stripping around your doors and windows wherever there are gaps.
Not only will this help to deter rodents, some of which can get through a hole that’s less than 7/10ths of an inch wide, but it will reduce your energy bill when you turn on the air conditioning this summer.
- Set traps strategically.
Setting a scattering of traps in random places is unlikely to solve your rodent problem.
You need to set the traps where the creatures travel – which is usually along walls where you see trails of droppings, smudges and footprints – and lay them in pairs about an inch apart, to catch rodents that try to jump over them.
To prevent rodents from entering your home, it’s best to set the traps outside and check them regularly. This helps to prevent your pets from being exposed to the traps, and your squeamish family members from being exposed to dead animals.
Unfortunately, it also means you need to figure out where the best trapping spots are, research which types of bait and traps are best, buy them, and check the traps frequently – even if you’re busy or the weather turns to crap.
Chances are, that idea doesn’t exactly thrill you. In our 10+ years of protecting homes from a wide variety of pests, we’ve found that most people have better things to do with their lives than reinvent the pest control wheel, babysit rodent traps, and dispose of tiny corpses.
Fortunately, there’s a much easier, more efficient and less unpleasant way to protect your home from mice and rats.
Here’s how to make rodent control easy:
If you’d rather spend time with your family, build your career, enjoy some leisure time, or do pretty much ANYTHING other than deal with dead and dying rodents, we’re here to do it for you.
Our effective and affordable rodent control services will save you hours of work, and can also save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage – especially if your furry guests like to chew on electric wiring that’s surrounded by flammable materials.
To protect your family and belongings from fire, disease-bearing droppings, and costly and unsightly property damage, call us today at (724) 601-3223, or email us here to arrange a time for us to give you a free inspection and quote.