Posted on: 18 February 2016
If you have noticed the signs of rodents in your home, such as mouse droppings, chewed wood or wires, or the oily, dark rub marks of where their bodies have come into contact with the walls, you already have a problem. If you are actually seeing the pests during the day or evening, you have a serious infestation. Mice and rats can do physical damage to your home and belongings. They can also carry diseases, such as the hantavirus, that can spread to humans. Here are the steps to getting rid of the unwelcome house guests.
The first thing you need to do is to take away their source of food, water, and place to live. This means going through your house and looking for small holes where the rodents can get inside. Use a rodent-resistant material to fill the holes, such as stainless steel mesh, and then cover the area with wood or steel. Once you have the cover in place, use a silicon sealant to seal it all together.
Once you have all the holes sealed, go through the house again and remove any small bits of trash, food particles, and fix any water leaks. Be sure to wipe up spills as they happen. Do not leave food out, and wash all dishes before going to bed.
Now that you have stopped any more rodents from getting into your home, you need to get rid of the ones there. The best and safest way to do this is with traps. Place traps in an area where no children or pets can get to them, like far under appliances or in the very back of cabinets. Old-fashioned snap traps are easy to use and do the job well. Be sure to check the traps regularly and dispose of the creatures in a double bag, outside. It is more humane to use the snap traps than to use the glue pads, and in some places it is illegal to set free rodents that have been trapped with a live trap.
After you have gotten rid of all the rodents in the house, and have cleaned up the mess, it is time to consider having a few natural predators outside to keep them from even trying to get back inside. Keep a cat as a pet, but make sure the cat spends a lot of time outside. You can also build some owl nests to encourage a family to come stay.
Once you have eliminated the rodents in your home, you need to make sure to avoid drawing them back. Don't give them a reason to try to get in the house, and make sure you inspect regularly for new possible entries. Keeping the place rodent-free is easier than getting rid of them.
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