Rodents and other wildlife inside your home is never a good idea? Do you hear scratching inside your walls as you are attempting to fall asleep at night? Have you found tiny, or maybe not so tiny, droppings in the back of your silverware drawer or inside your cabinets? Do you sometimes hear thumps and bumps coming from your attic or wall voids? If you answered any of these questions with a, "Yes," there is a very good chance rodents have taken up residence inside your Missouri home--and there are some very important facts you should be aware of.
As if being kept up at night and freaked out by mouse droppings in your kitchen drawers isn't enough, rodents have the inclination to chew on wires and cause extensive damage to insulation inside wall voids, which can present a fire hazard for your home. They also pose the danger of transmitting diseases such as tularemia, salmonellosis, rat-bite fever, plague, omsk hemorrhagic fever, meningitis, lassa fever, and others.
Rodents are often coming from places like dumpsters, trashcans and other filthy areas, which means they can bring in harmful bacteria. If a mouse scrounges in a dumpster, gets nasty bacteria all over its little feet, then comes into your home and scurries across your counter, you may be picking up that bacteria when you plop your piece of toast down on that spot in the morning.
What can I do to keep rodents out?
Keeping things clean is one of the best ways to deter rodents from wanting to use your home as their home. Here are a few other things you can try:
Mouse traps. They are about $1.00 each, and you will catch mice if you place them strategically near baseboards or in places where you have seen droppings. Use peanut butter for bait and squish it into the trap so it can't be easily removed. Get good and used to this procedure. It can be an ongoing and extensive process because these little buggers reproduce quickly and efficiently.
Once all rodents are out of your house, you can seal up all entry points using a caulking gun. But if you are not sure, you may be sealing those creatures in, which could lead to more damage.
Keep food in sealed plastic containers to keep rodents out and those tasty smells in.
Make sure indoor and outdoor trash is kept in cans that are well sealed.
Keep your yard clutter free and your grass clipped. This will deter rodents from coming into your yard, and ultimately, into your home.
What if the do it yourself methods are not enough?
Do it yourself methods can help to exclude rodents from your home, but remember, these are resourceful pests with teeth that are built to chew. Effective rodent control requires the help of an experienced and educated professional. At Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, we have over 50 years of experience protecting homes and business from rodents and other wildlife. We would love an opportunity to protect yours. Call now for your free inspection.