Prevent Rodent Infestation through Control and Proofing.
Rodents and pests are very annoying and very difficult to get rid of once they get into your house.
I know this from experience.
Rats invaded my home.
If you have the same problem, you can relate to how destructive they are and the foul smell they give to your home.
I tried getting rid of them using the primary ways of poisoning them, but only a few were caught.
When the matter got out of hand, I decided to call a professional to help me control them.
They came the following day and inspected the area.
They were able to know all the places they got in through.
The next morning they began sealing the holes and removed all the dirt.
They did a perfect job with a lot of professionalism.
Today, my house is a no rodent zone, thanks to these professionals.
What is pest control and proofing?
Pest control is the practice of reducing or eliminating any unwanted creatures from places occupied by humans.
It may or may not involve the use of chemicals.
The most common method is baiting.
Pest proofing, on the other hand, involves closing all the areas that these animals get access to our houses.
Areas that act as rodent access points
Our homes have many places that serve as rodent access points.
These places include holes near cabinets, closets, and doors ad those around the sink and pipes.
Also, cracks in the basement, attics and old structures.
Ways of controlling rodents
There are several ways of controlling rodents around your home. Some of them include;
Use of traps.
There are various types of traps you can use to catch a rodent.
This includes the snap traps, electric traps, electronic, glue trap, and live animal traps.
These are the most common traps used in many homes.
There are several benefits of using traps over any other means of controlling rodents.
Using traps to catch rodents gives you an assurance that the animal is caught and allows you to decide the right disposal means.
Also, it is an excellent way of avoiding the foul odor of rotting carcasses in the ceiling.
Also, the use of traps proves to be the best method and better than the use of rodenticides, which poses considerable risk to children and pets.
Use of rodenticides
Use of rodenticides, chemicals, is another way of controlling rodents.
Here you use different types of poison to kill the rodent.
Be cautious with this method since it can be lethal if consumed by other animals and birds in your compound.
This method comes with other consequences that you must be ready to deal with.
This includes terrible odor that arises from the smell of dead animals that died in areas where you cannot retrieve.
Also, the risk of children, pets, and birds consuming the poison.
Always read the instruction before using the rodenticides.
Ways of rodent-proofing your home
The first way you can use to make your home pest-proof is installing sweeps and thresholds at the bottom of exterior doors.
Small gaps at the base of the door can act as an entry point of the pests and crawling animals.
Seal these gaps by applying caulk along the bottom outside edges of the door.
Fit a bottom seal to the base of garage doors.
Rubbers seals are all-weather, making them ideal for the exterior doors.
Also, you can seal the openings where pipes and wires enter the foundation and siding.
These are common entry points that can be sealed using cement, steel, caulk, and copper mesh.
Caulk cracks that are around the window and doors.
Silicon and acryl latex caulk will work.
Latex caulk works best since it is easy to clean and are paintable.
In line with this, you can also repair gas and tears in windows and door screen.
This helps to keep away small insects like flies, mosquitoes, and gnats during hot seasons.
Another way is installing wire mesh over the attic, roof and other spaces in the vents.
The wire mesh should be ¼ inch.
Wear protective gloves to prevent injuries.
Also, you can apply insecticides that will act as a barrier treatment.
Sometimes trapping and sealing entry points prove to be impractical when eradicating rodents from outside.
Using an insecticide that are insects and rodents repellant works.