No one wants to deal with a rodent infestation. No one does—and, that bears repeating. So, homeowners, apartment dwellers and anyone who lives in a permanent or even temporary place of residence need to know what to do in order to prevent themselves from experiencing that particular problem.
It’s because having a rodent problem is ultimately unsafe. Many rodents, in fact, are carriers of many types of diseases, including Lyme disease and many types of fever-like conditions. Even having a potentially infected rodent in your home can disturb the well-being of your entire family. So, thanks to the nature of that particular issue, getting rid of rodents in your home should be your top priority.
Can you eliminate your rodent problem?
Far more people experience issues with rodents around the home. Most people are lucky enough to deal with only one or two throughout the entire time they live in their place of residence. Others, however, have a persistent rodent problem that often gains the potential to become worse. When the rodent problem gets that bad, it’s time to find solutions.
So, how can you eliminate your rodent problem? There are solutions out there, but what’s the most effective solution that’s practically guaranteed to get rid of that problem for good?
They say that the best way to prevent rodents from infesting the home is prevention… and that’s probably one of the best ways to prevent rodent problems happening before they start. At least, before you get professional help from a pest control company, anyway! So, let’s take a look at some of the easiest ways that you can get rid of your rodent problem, shall we?
Easy ways to reduce your problem with rodents
Rodents are known to reproduce fast, especially if they invade your home in mismatched pairs that may breed often. Thanks to that particular problem, it’s best to approach removing rodents from the home by preventing them from entering in the first place.
Seal everything in their sights. If there’s a way, a rodent will find their way into it. So, if your home is prone to hosting plenty of small, tight spaces, seal them immediately. Many rodents have the ability to squeeze themselves into holes that tiny—and, that’s probably the main reason why so many homes get infested in the first place.
If you find holes, gaps or spaces in your kitchen area, seal them immediately, too. Rodents are very likely to attempt gaining entry via your kitchen, side doors or even front door. Ensuring that these gaps are sealed pretty much helps keep them well out of your home.
Manage your trash and recyclables. If you don’t think that rodents will hide in your trash or recyclables, think again. Because they will. Some rodents, if they already live around your home, will hide in your trash or recyclables to eventually travel back inside your home. So, if you happened to empty your trash and bring your trash can back inside after a while, turn it over and shake it out… unless you want to bring home an unwanted visitor!
If you have clutter around the home, recycle that clutter. Rodents are also more likely to situate themselves within clutter as a form of shelter. Many rodents, to provide an example, like residing in clutter like paper and straw.
Rodent-proof your home. The best way to prevent rodents from infiltrating your home is ensuring that it’s rodent-proof in the first place.
That starts with ensuring that all of your stored food remains in containers and spaces where they can’t possibly reach. You may have to invest in kitchen wares that resist gnawing from rodents—and, that even includes getting kitchen furniture and appliances that will withstand that particular situation. You should also invest in a rodent-proof container to keep your pet food safe, too.
Of course, you shouldn’t leave out any food in your kitchen or throughout the rest of your home—and that includes pet food. Preventing rodents from entering your home is very much about stopping the possibility of your home becoming a ‘safe harbor’ for rodents to live in. When you accomplish that, you’ll pretty much make your home rodent-free for a long time.
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Pete Kontakos enjoys writing about sports, health and animals. He is a certified wrestling coach through USA Wrestling and has experience managing in the restaurant and retail industry.