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What to Do if Rodents Invade Your Home

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The rodents portrayed on T.V. and in movies seem so cute and cuddly, and when they are portrayed as poor, little creatures that don’t have enough food to last the winter, most of us feel sorry for them. However, once you have experienced a rodent invasion in your own home, you may feel very differently. Rodents can cause stress, damage, and health concerns in real life by chewing and depositing their urine and feces throughout your home.

First, you need to confirm that rodents have invaded your home. This can be difficult because they are quite clever at sneaking inside and then making themselves scarce. You may have to look around a little and listen for them. They will usually nest in attics, garages, basements, wall voids, and ceilings.

It is warm and cozy in these places, plus they provide them with the food, water, and shelter they need to raise their families. Rodents, especially mice, can squeeze through tiny cracks, crevices, and holes. Some mice can even get in through a hole as small as a nickel.

One of the most common and obvious signs of a rodent infestation is their droppings. They are small, black, and rice shaped. You may find that food packaging in your kitchen or pantry has been tampered with, showing rips or tears, or contain feces. Oftentimes, you can also hear rodents scratching and scampering about, inside walls, at night.

If you have confirmed that you have an infestation of rodents, a good place to start is to assure that other rodents are unable to enter your home.

This means you need to block off all potential entry points in your home’s foundation and exterior walls, including window and door frames. Make sure screens are secure and vents are not damaged. Plug holes in the gaps around utility wires, cables, and plumbing that come into the house. For the average person, this may be a daunting task, and many entry points could be missed.
Then you will need to set up traps and bait for the rodents. There are plenty of them to choose from including spring-loaded, sticky, and others. The problem is that these methods can be costly, dangerous to put together, and messy to deal with (especially sticky boards.)

You will need to make your home less attractive to the rodents as well by cleaning up food and drink messes right away, storing food in airtight containers, and taking out the trash on a regular basis.

DIY methods can fall short of correcting a rodent problem. That is why professional pest control is the best option for complete eradication and prevention.

At the first sign of an infestation, call on the knowledgeable professionals at Aiken Pest Control in CSRA and Midlands of South Carolina. That way you don’t have to wait to see how much damage the rodents will cause, or experience any contamination of your home and food that can make you sick. Our professionals are ready to help you avoid rodents and all the problems they can cause, give us a call today. 

 

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