More Tips for Dealing With a Rodent Issue
Prevention is the best cure. A rat infestation is no exception. That means determining where the problem begins. The smartest thing you can do is to find the openings that rats use to enter your home and seal them. Look around the entire perimeter of your house. Do the same inspection in the rooms where you’ve seen any sign.
You may find it helpful to sweep the floors regularly in the areas when you’ve detected them to see if they’re still active. Droppings are often the first clue that they are in your home. The next step is to prevent a recurrence.
Bear in mind that any hole larger than one-half inch is enough for them to squeeze through to get inside. Seal them with chalk or a screen over the opening. Also, keep the area around the foundation clear of vegetation and debris so that it doesn’t provide cover for them. Remember that rats are reluctant to move in plain sight.
Another effective means is to eliminate the food sources. Keep areas around food preparation and garbage sites clean. That applies to pet bowls too. Take them up after your dog or cat has finished eating. Rats are opportunistic and will choose the places where it’s easiest to find something to eat. Make sure that your home isn’t one of them.
Finally, using rat traps is a necessary approach if you have an infestation. They will stay in your house unless you take proactive measures. The health of you and your family is at risk as long as they reside there. And the sooner you act, the better your chances of pest control.