Discovering you’ve got rodents in your attic, basement, or garage is distressing. It’s unsettling to think that these disease-ridden critters are sneaking around in the space you’ve worked so hard for. Not only do rodents carry disease, but they also leave behind dangerous feces, and they can damage property. Following these rodent control tips will help rid your property of furry menaces.
Keys to Successful Rodent Removal
As much as we don’t like rodents in our homes, many of us don’t want them to be hurt. Thankfully, you’ve got options. If you’re not comfortable with the traditional snap traps or poison, some options allow you to trap rodents alive so you can relocate them. Keep in mind, though: if you intend to be as humane as possible, you’ll need to check the traps regularly. A live animal will need water and food. If you can’t check the traps daily, a mouse or rat could die of starvation or dehydration before you realize it. Both are much slower than traditional snap traps. Secondly, if you intend to release them, you’ll need to drive several miles at least. Believe it or not, mice actually have excellent memories. However, relocating a mouse is time-consuming and may not actually be the most humane way. If a mouse has lived its whole life in the shelter of your garage and suddenly finds itself in the middle of a field, it may not do well surviving.
Dispose Of Dead Animals
Once you’ve trapped the rodents, you’ll want to dispose of dead animals quickly. Snap traps can be thrown right into the garbage along with the dead animal. Because of all the diseases rodents carry, this step is really best left to professionals who have access to all the necessary safety gear. Though sometimes, this may not be feasible, particularly if you live in a more rural area. Use gloves, wear a mask and have a plastic shopping bag ready. If possible, use a shovel or rake to scoop the dead rodent into the plastic bag and only use your gloved hands if you have no other options. Tie this bag up, place it into a trash bag, tie it up tightly, and then place it in the garbage. You don’t want to trade your rodent problem for a scavenger problem when animals smell the dead carcass.
Clean Up The Mess
As the old saying goes, where there’s one, there’s more. Even if you’ve only trapped or seen one mouse, there are likely more nearby. Therefore, you should take steps to prevent them from poking around. The first and best thing to do is clean. Use a strong cleaning solution – bleach is best. Make sure to wear latex gloves and wear a mask. This next step is crucial: DO NOT vacuum or sweep the area. This could cause mouse urine, feces, or nesting material to get into the air. Breathing in these materials can be extremely harmful to humans. You must follow specific clean up procedures for rodents. Mix bleach with water in a spray bottle and spray down any area where there is known rodent activity. Let the area soak for five minutes, then spray paper towels until damp and wipe up the area, disposing of used paper towels directly into the garbage. Next, mop floors, countertops, and any other area you suspect may have had rodent activity and use a strong cleaning solution like bleach. If the affected area is a small or tight space like an attic crawlspace or a low-ceiling basement, it’s better to contact professional rodent control. You may have caught the rodents, but you don’t want to catch their diseases as well. Being in a confined space increases the chance of exposure to their urine, feces, or nesting materials. It’s not just the rodents themselves. They can carry fleas and ticks, which in turn carry their own slew of diseases.
Use Rodent Repellents
Once you’ve dispatched existing mice or rats and cleaned up their mess, you can use repellent to make your property less desirable for future critters. There are two kinds of rodent repellents: ultrasonic or smell repellents. Ultrasonic repellents emit a frequency that humans can’t detect – so don’t worry about any noise. These types of repellents can be a single device or even a series of stakes, depending on how big of an area you’ll need to cover. Some ultrasonic even help prevent other pests like cockroaches! Other repellents rely on using odors. They come in both pellet or spray form, but they may need to be replaced frequently and may not work for everyone. And sometimes, rodents can develop immunity to the odor. You might have to test out both methods and see which ones work for you.
Prevent Future Infestations
Cleaning regularly and employing repellents are great steps to keeping rodents out. The last thing you can do is look around for any entry points. Cracks or small openings in basement foundations, porches, or gaps in doors are common ways rodents find their way in. Keeping your yard free of debris like piles of branches and twigs will discourage them from nesting. Be sure always to keep trash covered, and, if possible, only empty the trash the night before pick up. This way, food scraps will only be sitting outside for a short time, and therefore won’t give rodents as much of a chance to notice them.
The number one thing you can do to protect your property, however, is call a professional. They will handle all the trapping, cleaning, and preventative measures for you. Plus, they’ll be able to repair any structural damage caused by the rodents.
Get Professional Rodent Control From Bama Pest Control
When you discover mice or rats on your property, don’t despair! The experts at Bama Pest Control are here to help! Our multi-step rodent control services include trapping, removing, cleaning up, and repairing any existing damage. Call (251) 478-7015 or contact us online here. Be sure to check out our monthly blog for more tips and ideas on pest prevention.