This Month's Topic! Rodents
Are you hearing scratching and clawing sounds in the attic or walls? Yep, you probably have rats. They like to come into your home when the weather turns cool or when the rains start to fall heavily.
Some people panic when they find out they have rats, and others just fool themselves into thinking they are just “hearing things” or that the noise will just go away. I’m here to tell you - rodents won’t go away on their own, and your attic is a perfect breeding environment. After the rats get comfortable in your attic, they will soon find your pantry. Then the nuisance becomes a health issue for you and your family.
What can you do?
You can call a professional animal/critter control company and the problem will soon be gone, along with many hundreds of dollars from your wallet. You can buy glue traps, poison boxes, snap traps, gloves, masks, and all the other things you will need to tackle the problem and go after it yourself. If you take the latter approach, start doing your research now, because you will need to get educated on rat habits, their likes and dislikes, and all the other precautions you will need to do a safe and effective rodent control job.
The approach we take with our customers is that of a team. First, we educate the customer on ways to make their home less desirable to the rodent – like removing food sources and cleaning up clutter areas that the rats like to hide in. Then we find the points of entry and seal them. After that, the nasty work begins – catching the rats. During the rat-catching process, we like to find out how much the customer is willing to do on their own – like emptying and resetting traps. This can save the customer a lot of money, because we don’t have to make daily trips back out to check the traps.
Once we are confident that we have the entire infestation out of the home and have sealed up the last entry point, we then place a bait station outside. This keeps the neighborhood population under control going forward. These bait stations are designed to be safe for children, pets, and wildlife; they are sealed and are filled with an anticoagulant bait (a blood thinner, similar to what a doctor would give a heart patient).
This team approach can save the customer a lot of money and also gives the customer the satisfaction that they personally participated in the solution – even if that only consisted of calling us, and doing some much- needed spring cleaning.
Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Do your part to keep pests out with caulking, weather stripping, and expanding foams. Don’t leave pet food out, put snug lids on trash cans, keep cooking areas clean, etc. Always tackle developing problems before they get out of control, and use a pest control company that employs safer and more natural practices.