Rodent Control

How to Effectively and Safely Deal with a Rodent Infestation

Rodents can be your worst nightmare as a homeowner. Knowing when to stop rodents from infesting your home requires a customized solution. There are various elimination methods you can employ and the best approach is often a combination of them. Pointe pest control experts can help determine the right elimination approach for your situation. However, before everything else, you should understand the importance of taking action rather than ignoring the issue and waiting for it to get resolved on its own. 

Why Rodent Infestations are Dangerous

Rodents in the attic, backyard, or house are a threat to people’s safety and health. also, they are a threat to your property. The possible risks associated with rodents include the following:

  • Health risks. Mice, rats, and other rodents carry different parasites and diseases. They can contaminate surfaces, foods, and living areas with various pathogens, resulting in health issues for those who live in your house. 
  • Property damage. Rodents tend to chew on anything including wooden structures, insulation, and electrical wires. This can result in expensive repairs and present fire risks because of damaged wiring. 
  • Asthma and allergies. Rodent allergens in rodent fur, urine, and saliva can trigger allergies or exacerbate the symptoms of asthma, particularly in vulnerable people. 
  • Safety risks. Because of rodents’ gnawing habits, they can weaken your home’s structural integrity. Eventually, this can result in unsafe conditions and accidents. 

DIY Rodent Control

Rodent Control

Although there are different DIY methods to control a rodent infestation, they can only address minor or early-stage infestations. Keep in mind that professional help is often necessary for serious and recurring issues. Below are steps you can take to control the presence of rodents in your house:

  • Seal access points. First, you should identify and seal cracks, holes, or gaps in the exterior of your house, including utility openings, doors, and windows. 
  • Set traps. DIY rodent control can include setting live or snap traps in areas where there is rodent activity. These traps should be placed along runways or walls and must be baited.
  • Clean regularly. Clean your house regularly and keep it free of food sources. Make sure your food is stored in airtight containers. The trash should be sealed properly, so rodents cannot ransack it.

Importance of Professional Rodent Control

Rodent control experts can safely and effectively tackle a rodent issue. They have the expertise and knowledge to identify the kind of rodent to deal with the extent of the issue. In addition, they know that rodents are carriers of parasites and diseases, so they use the right kind of protective gear and employ appropriate methods to deal with the situation safely. Pest control professionals usually use a combination of bait, traps, and exclusion methods to get rid of rodents and prevent them from infesting your home in the future.