Household Rodent Control

Prevention methods should be implemented early in order to maintain a rodent-free home. Rodents reproduce rapidly, and small populations become full-blown infestations in very little time.

Keep any possible food sources away from rodents. Small crumbs and garbage are popular sources of infestation, as are dry goods such as grains and cereals. These should be kept in sealed metal or glass containers to prevent contamination. Fruits and vegetables should also be stored properly, and resulting waste should never be left in sinks or on counters. Cardboard objects prove attractive to rodents, as they tend to chew them up for use in their nests.

In the event of an existing infestation, entry points should be located. These should be permanently sealed using materials such as sheet metal or other materials rodents will not chew through. Steel wool and many pot scrubber items are not advisable since they often rust when exposed to moisture. As time passes, they deteriorate and will no longer work.

Traps and baits may prove efficient in capturing individual specimens. Baits prove effective but are also potentially toxic to humans and pets if not applied correctly. The safest and most effective rodent extermination methods are undoubtedly those administered by pest control professionals. Contact your local pest control expert to develop a pest control plan tailored for your home.