When you buy a new set of trousers or a nice dress, you store them away safely to prevent them from getting stained or damaged. It can be an awful feeling when you go to take the clothing out down the line, only to discover that they have become damaged as a result of an infestation of rodents. Mice may have bitten away at the materials and left stains on the fabric.
Some people will not even know that they have a problem with rodents in their home until they have found some damaged items. If you do notice any signs of rodents living in your home, you need to take action immediately to eradicate the problem. The most common typesof rodents that households have problems with are mice, squirrels, raccoons and rats.
You should always enlist the services of a professional and reputable extermination company to conduct and inspect and to see the extent and source of the problem. Make sure that you get prices and estimations from your shortlist of potential exterminators. You may decide to deal with the problem yourself. You need to ensure that the entry points to your home have been filled. You also have a choice on what type of traps to use.
The more humane trap is one in which the rodent is captured alive, while most people use traps that kill the rodent. Here is some additional advice to keep in mind when dealing with rodents.
Eliminating mice from your household
Never assume that you are only dealing with a single mouse, when there is one, there is usually multiple. When you are setting traps, always ensure that they are placedin areas that are heavily frequented by mice, such as along the skirting board.
You should set traps in pairs, as this prevents the mouse from simply jumping over a trap. When you catch a mouse, make sure that you safely dispose of it in a plastic bag that is placed into your rubbish bin. It is good to re-use the mouse trap as other mice will be attracted to the trap due to the scent that the dead mouse left on it. There arebaited traps that you can set, however these will be very dangerous if you have kids and other pets roaming the house.
Getting rid of rats
Rats are a bigger concern than mice as they carry fleas and many different dangerous diseases. You need to use a trap that is specifically designed to trap rats, as the mouse traps will not have enough strength to kill a rat. Make sure that you are careful with your fingers when snapping the traps, as they could potentially break your finger. Be extremely careful when disposing of dead rats. Wear protective gear and clothing; carefully zip locking the rat in multiple bags to prevent the spread of fleas or disease. When dealing with rats, it is often the best option to allow the experienced exterminators to deal with them.