Rat and Mouse Control
Mice and rats are some of the most common pests that intrude homes all over the United States year after year. These rodents seek indoor shelter once the temperature starts to drop and can intrude homes through the smallest entry points. Mice and rats can cause many problems inside a home that include chewing electrical wires, contaminating food supplies, and spreading disease. They also reproduce very quickly and can turn a small infestation into a major infestation in a matter of days. Preventative action is the best method of rat and mouse control but if your home still becomes infested with rats or mice, call us at Green T Pest Control to have the problem eliminated.
Rats, mice, and other rodents typically establish residence within walls and ceilings once inside a home or building. From there they can cause significant damage by chewing on drywall, molding, and electrical wires which can be a fire hazard. They can also transmit over 30 different diseases through their bite or their droppings. Prevention is the best method of rat and mice control and following these tips should help discourage them from entering your home:
- Check for holes in window and door screens and put sweeps on exterior doors
- Seal off vents and chimney openings with screens
- Locate and seal any cracks or holes found along the outside of your home
- Keep all food secured and take out the trash regularly
- Keep attics, crawlspaces, and basements dry and well ventilated
- Check for and repair loose mortar and weather stripping around the foundation and basement windows
- Eliminate potential breeding sites by removing moisture buildup in areas such as pipes and drains
- Check boxes, grocery bags, luggage, and other packages for rodents before entering the house
- Trim bushes and shrubs to keep them away from the house
While taking these preventative actions decreases the likelihood of a mice or rat infestation, it is still possible for an infestation to occur. If this should happen, the best method of mouse control to employ before calling a pest professional is trapping. Live traps and the traditional snap traps can be quite effective if properly used. Traps should be baited with peanut butter, candy, or dried fruit and they should be placed close to walls, in dark corners, or behind objects where there is evidence of their presence. It is also beneficial to place them close to where the activity has been identified since mice do not travel far from their shelter or food supply.
When prevention and the use of these traps become inadequate for controlling a mouse or rat infestation, call Green T Pest Control. Our professional technicians will eliminate a rodent infestation and take preventative measures to keep them from coming back.