Knockout Pest Control Professional Rodent Control Service
Every household is bound to face some type of rodent-related problems at some point. This is why you as a household owner need to be prepared to recognize and deal with these annoying, disease-bearing creatures at any time. Since these creatures breed very quickly, the longer they stay on your property, the harder it will be to get rid of them. Therefore, a proper rodent control plan is one of the crucial “crisis preparation” steps that every home owner needs to have in mind.
Before you start making or executing your rodent control plan, you have to be aware that it’s not an easy task. Although there are some highly effective methods you can use, you’ll need to take the rodent issue very seriously. Many people decide to save time and call rodent control professionals. However, if you are willing to put some thought into keeping your home rodent-free and have excess free time, you can try solving it on your own first. Remember, if at any point you decide its not worth the bother, you can always call the professionals.
Get Rid Of Mice And Rats
You will want a complete rodent elimination to occur before the rodents move to another area. A successful rodent control program includes a combination of baiting and trapping for the highest rate of success. However, if the rodent population is large, begin with a high quality rodent bait, in order to quickly knock down a population and prevent rapid growth.
Consider integrating any rodent control program with exclusion techniques, a general cleanup, and removal of their hiding places (harboraging areas.)
Using Rodent Baits
When baiting initially, try not to disturb their original habitats or they may run to another area. After baiting has begun, continue with sanitation procedures, food source removal, and harborage removal to ensure additional rodents from nearby areas are not attracted to your location.
Using Rodent Traps
Choosing the right size trap is critical for trapping rodents. Inspect for signs of rat activity or mice activity. If you have rats and select mice traps the traps would be too small (the trapping mechanism would not be sufficient for a rat). If you have mice and choose rat traps, the traps would be too large (not sensitive enough to trigger the trap) for the body weight of a mouse.
Most people that begin a trapping program, do not set out enough traps. Place traps in the area of rodent activity and signs of infestation. If you have mice, place the traps a couple feet apart in the area of activity. If you have rats, place the traps about 15-20 apart.
Rodent Damage and Disease
Mice and Rats can be found not only in our homes, but supermarkets, restaurants, warehouses, food processing facilities, livestock facilities, and farm fields.They also cause damage to our buildings by their burrowing and gnawing activity. Rodents will gnaw through many types of materials in order to reach a location including lead sheathing, cinder block, aluminum siding and some concrete. Rodents are suspected for causing fires by gnawing on electrical wiring.
Through the ages, rodents have been the cause of some tremendous plagues and diseases. In years past, rodents were responsible for the spread of many diseases. Today, due to increased sanitation and effective rodent and insect control programs, the threat of most diseases from rodents is not as critical. The common House mouse is the most common health pest, due to allergins that it spreads causing asthma and allergic rhinitis. The mouse carries a protein it its blood that can trigger these reactions in suspectible people.
In the southwestern part of the United States, the hanta viruses have been active. Most of these cases have been attributed to the cotton rat and white-foot mice, although the Norway rat has been associated with various hanta virus strains.
Rodents also contaminate a huge amount of the world’s food supply by their urine and feces.