Like other pests, mice and rats enter your home in search of shelter and food. It can be difficult to keep these rodents out of your house because they can squeeze through very small openings. Generally, any hole large enough for their heads will provide sufficient space for their bodies to slip inside your house. It is essential to seal openings around windows, foundations, entryways and garage doors as well as utility lines entering the home. Rodents are excellent climbers that can invade your house through openings near soffit and gable end vents. You should clear away any landscaping or trees that provide access to the roof and other possible entry points.
Once inside these pests contaminate food with their saliva and droppings. They can cause significant damage by gnawing on wood and electrical wiring. Mice and rats carry a wide range of diseases that threaten the health of your family. These include rat bite fever, rabies and Hantavirus. Once they establish a nest, these rodents can multiply rapidly. It takes an effective program to eliminate an infestation.
Removing Rats & Mice in Virginia
In addition to sealing openings and pest-proofing stored food, you will need to bait and trap the rodents already inside your house. Most do-it-yourself bait and trap programs fail because people do not set out enough of the right type of lures or traps. Although cheese is the favored bait in cartoons, it is usually ineffective. It takes a different type of trap to catch a rat versus a mouse. You should contact a professional exterminator at the first sign of trouble. We can develop and implement an effective solution to your unique situation. Contact our office for a free no-obligation quote.
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