Get Rid of Rats and Mice: How To

Houses and buildings can easily fall victim to critters and pests such as rats and mice. Although they are naturally occurring, rodents they can be quite difficult to deal with on a regular basis. In the event that you think you have an infestation of rodents, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to get rid of mice or rat infestations before they become worse.

  1. Finding the Source

The first thing you’ll want to do is find where the rodents are coming in and where they are nesting. You’ll also want to consider if it’s a single occurrence or if you have a real infestation in the building. Typically you should see holes in your baseboards, in the attic, or in your walls that are close to the ground. It’s also common for home owners to find evidence of rat or mouse droppings as well as food crumbs surrounding the entry points for the rodents.

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  1. Rodent Extermination Products

The majority of home owners prefer the idea of dealing with the infestation on their own which is why home improvement and big box stores typically carry an extensive collection of exterminating products. To exterminate rats and mice you will need one of these products:

 

First, there is rat poison, which is not safe for home owners with children and pets. It is also not recommended for individuals who lack experience working with rat poison.

You can find the typical spring-loaded mousetraps which are designed to kill the rodents as they walk on spring loaded mouse trapthe traps. These are the generic spring-loaded traps can be bought in bulk and are easy to use.

Glue traps work like fly strips. Rodents stick to the board and die from lack of food and water.

There are pest-friendly traps that simply capture the rodents so they can be removed from the property and released elsewhere. The pest-friendly traps can be difficult as releasing the rodents elsewhere simply allows them to find new homes in other houses.

Calling an Exterminator
rats in groupIn the event that you’ve never had experience with getting rid of a rat or mouse infestation, you will want to consider calling an pest control exterminator. These professionals know the ins and outs of removing pests from your home using methods that are safe for you, your family and pets. They also know what warning signs to look for to help prevent future infestations from occurring. It can be the more preferable option for home owners that don’t have the time to spend looking for rats and mice and that want a professional to deal with the task on their own.