Rodent Pest Control

Rodent pest control involves discouraging infestations of mice and rats as well as avoiding contact with rodents. This generally involves removing shelter, water, and food sources. This is done by first sealing holes around the home to prevent invasion. This may involve inserting barriers in the holes to actually making changes to the physical structure. Also, strategically trapping rodents outside the home is included in the overall strategy. Then it is important to clean up the potential nesting areas and food sources.

Ridding homes of rodents in cases where their numbers are not great, is not too difficult with some planning and diligence. In these cases you may not ever spot a live mouse or rat, but see evidence of where they have been. This will be in the form of bags of boxes of food that have been chewed through, “nesting” material such as pieces of cloth that have been chewed and shredded, and the most disconcerting to most homeowners, the dreaded fecal droppings left behind by the animals in areas where they travel and eat.

Do it yourself rat and mouse eradication is not difficult in cases where infestation is not extreme. It is however, distasteful to most people. Pest control for rodents under these conditions will be with traps and poisons available to consumers. These products can be purchased in just about any kind of general discount store, grocery store or home supply store.

Traps are designed to catch the most active and brazen animals as they forage for food. Baiting with some type of pungent food will almost always catch foraging mice or rats if it is anywhere near their traffic paths. The downside of this is that you will have to dispose of the dead animal after it is trapped. But they work to remove a good number of rodents in an extermination plan. The other side of the attack is with poison bait. These baits are formulated to initiate dehydration causing the animals to seek water sources outside before they succumb to the poison. This keeps many of the animals from dying in the house causing what can be a nauseating odor. All poison bait should be used with extreme caution and put in areas where pets cannot access them. Dogs will readily eat rat or mouse poison which can readily kill a small or medium size animal.

For more serious infestations of rodents, a licensed professional exterminator may be required. When using a pest control company be careful not to go by price alone. Be sure exterminators are licensed, bonded and have all necessary regulatory compliance in place before allowing them to tackle your rodent pest control job. The National Pesticide Information Center has a call number for the public (1-800-858-7378). They can confirm the credentials and recommend a pest control company in your area.

The EPA holds government oversight over the environmental effects of pesticides on the environment. Close scrutiny is given to the composition, application and proper handling of pest control chemicals. The CDC oversees any adverse affects of pesticides on humans.

For a comprehensive view of what is expected of an exterminator visit the Pest Control Jobs web site for this and more information on rodent and termite control experts.

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