Keep Mice Away With These Tricks From U.S. Pest
Simply stated, the best way to get rid of mice, rats, and any other kind of household rodents is to hire a competent pest control company to get the job done. There are certainly a few things that do-it-yourselfers can do to minimize the problem. However, the likelihood is that any rodent problem in your household will not be totally eliminated.
Rats are extremely cautious about anything new that suddenly appears in their environment. This means that any kind of mouse traps you might set around the home or poisons and repellents are likely to be avoided altogether. You might also entice a victim or two with cheese. You may assume that you are winning the war. But in reality you may only have scratched the surface.
They’re Breeding Like Rats and Mice!
It is extremely hard to eliminate all the rats in your home with do-it-yourself methods. Unless you manage to get every last one, they will always be able to reproduce. Rats and mice are not only prolific breeders, but the females are sexually mature after just a couple months and are capable of producing 6 to 12 pups per litter, which requires only about three weeks of gestation.
Within 48 hours of producing a new litter most females again come into estrus and are ready to repeat the cycle. It has been estimated that a female may in one year produce as many as 15,000 descendants, including the offspring of her offspring.
Can Prevention Work?
Once rats are in the home, it will be nearly impossible to stop their reproduction. Not to mention the subsequent contamination of foods and other household items. Prevention might be the single best thing a homeowner can do to protect a house from rodent infestation. In other words, you have to keep them from gaining entry to the home in the first place. This is really the best way to get rid of rats.
To do this, all cracks and openings around the home should be sealed up. These are the most common ways rodents enter homes. Fair warning though that even this will be difficult. Rodents have body types that make it easy for them to squeeze through openings that would appear to be way too small for them.
Keeping foods securely enclosed in glass or metal containers is important. Grains, cereals, fruits, and vegetables can be incredibly enticing if left exposed and approachable by rats. Keeping cardboard out of the house is also advisable – rats love chewing on it. Garbage cans outside the home as well as inside are like magnets for rats and act as powerful lures.
Tackling the Problem
Sometimes rats can be prevented from entering the home using some of the methods described above. This would be the best case scenario for the homeowner. Once they have gained entry to the home, it will be a real problem trying to control them no matter what strategy is adopted.
The only sure way to solve the problem of an infestation after it has already occurred is to hire a skilled pest control professional. Have us visit your home and determine the best way to get rid of rats, then have a discussion that outlines an approach that will permanently rid the home of all rodents.
If you need pest control services in Middle Tennessee, contact U.S. Pest. Our certified pest control professionals will work with you to eliminate pest problems in a timely and effective manner.
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