Coping with unwelcome rodents?
Rats and mice pest management is all about taking preventative action. Exclusion tactics such as sealing entry points keep rodents out of buildings and help you avoid a full-scale invasion. Reduce the risk of accidental human, pet, and wildlife exposure to rodenticides by using non-chemical solutions to manage rodent invasions.
Take the Long-Term View
Rats and mice are not only a nuisance but can also cause property damage and transmit diseases that pose a threat to public health. You’ll know they’ve arrived if you see rodent droppings near a food source or shredded fabric or paper. If you identify rogue rodents, there are several steps to take to ensure permanent removal of these pests.
Removing rodents with traps or poisons will not keep rodents out of your property in the future. The easiest way to permanently keep rats and mice out of your home or business is to prevent access by sealing all entry points.
- Holes near cabinets, closets or doors leading to outside or to crawl spaces.
- Holes around sink or appliance pipes.
- Cracked foundations in the basement or unscreened ventilation holes in the attic, especially in older structures.
- Holes around windows or missing screens in vents or crawl spaces under your property.
Removing food storage or open garbage containers outside will make your property even less attractive to rats and mice. Keep compost piles as far as possible away from buildings. These simple but effective preventative steps save you time and money in the long run.
Once you have blocked the access points, you’ll need to eliminate the remaining rodents. The following sections offer an overview of different treatment options and serve as useful guidance for keeping your property permanently free of rats and mice.
Source: Rats and Mice Pest Control