Mice and rats are atrocious pests. Apart from gnawing through walls, doors, and cabinets, they also render food useless to eat, put holes in you clothes, and leave droppings everywhere. Worst of all, they spread disease and pandemics. A cut or wound exposed to rat urine can cause leptospirosis, a condition which cause liver and kidney. Hantavirus is another disease humans can get from rats which has no known cure at the present. In addition, shed hair or the presence of multiple droppings can cause allergies in humans.
Clearly then, rats aren’t just pests, they are a danger to health, check out your local vancouver pest control.
When attempting to rodent-proof your home, your first steps should be to prevent mice and rats from getting into your abode. It’s pretty useless to trap or poison these critters if they can keep going in and out of your house at will. Gnaw marks, droppings, the smell of urine, or holes in containers of food are signs that you have rats in your vicinity. So look at your floorboards, ceilings, door, and even drains to see if there is easy access for these pests. Cover or plug them up with materials that rats cannot easily gnaw with their teeth.
Bear in mind that good sanitation is very important if you don’t want to share your domicile with rats. Having a clean house and surroundings may not prevent mice and rats from going into your house. However, not having a clean house is a surefire way to attract them check this out for more information.
After having taken the steps to block mice and rats from entering your home, it’s time to what to do. They are many ways to rid a house of rats. Cats are a proven way keeping rodents at bay. But if you’re not an animal person, taking care of a cat (or cats) may prove to be a hassle for you. Pets have a maintenance requirement that will intrude into your time. But then, they can make good companions too. Be aware that there is the (albeit small) risk of your cat preferring to lounge around the house instead of going after rats.
You can also decide to poison or trap mice and rats. There are very effective poisons available on the market that are relatively safe to use in your house. The majority of rat poisons cause internal hemorrhage and thirst. This makes them leave the house and look for water. In a way, these poisons are set and forget solutions, in that disposal of a rotting rat corpse is rarely necessary because of the way they work. It’s important to note that a poisoned rat carcass can contain enough poison to kill a cat or dog.
Traps are also an effective way of getting rid of mice. But they are more involved in terms of setting up, baiting, and disposal of the trapped animal. It’s also very likely that the trapped animal will be very agitated, so killing it off while in the trap may upset you as well. Trap placement is also important, as you have to determine beforehand the paths rats and mice most often take. One trap that is quite effective and is cheap to make involves a plastic bucket. A rod with a tube is affixed on top of the bucket. The bucket is filled halfway with water and the tube is smeared with peanut butter. When a rat attempts to get to the peanut butter, the tube rotates and the rodent falls into the water.
The most convenient way to deal with rats is the engage the services of a pest controller. These professionals deal with pests of all kinds day in and day out. They know what works for a given area and situation. The good ones really rid your area of mice and give you peace of mind. They will not guarantee that these pests will not come back after a time, but if you do your own diligence in watching out for telltale signs and keep a clean house, then you should be relatively mouse-free for years.
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