Rats and mice can be some of the most tedious pests to get rid of, especially if you try to do it yourself.
Rat poisons, though sold widely and rather cheaply, might kill your pests, but they don’t always get rid of the problem. Rodents are difficult because they can live anywhere in your house from basement to attic – even in the walls. This means that when they’re poisoned they can crawl into places you can’t get to them before they die, leaving you with the extremely pungent smell of decomposition.
In addition to the smell, having rats and mice in your home can be detrimental to both your health and safety. They are both notorious for chewing on anything and everything. This includes walls, floorboards, and wires. Frayed electrical wires pose an electrocution as well as a fire risk. Rats are also known to carry fleas and ticks.
Knowing what to look for is the best way to keep a wildlife infestation from getting bad. Some of these markers include:
- Scampering noises in short bursts (usually between 10 pm and 1 am)
- Nests made of paper, insulation, etc.
- Smell (urine)
- Mouse holes
- Gnaw marks (kitchen, etc.)
- Unusual behavior of family pets
Healthy Home takes care of rats and mice the way we would most other small wildlife infestations: inspection, exclusion, and a guarantee.
Once we’ve identified the entry point for your problem and sealed it off, it helps to determine any environmental factors that might have drawn the rodents into your home in the first place. Reducing mice and rats’ access to food by storing food in sealed, rat-proof containers; controlling weeds and debris around structures; and storing and disposing of garbage correctly will greatly reduce your risk of rat and mouse infestation.
Think You Have a Mouse or Rat Infestation?
Take the first steps in removing unwanted mice and rats from your home today. Contact Healthy Home Termite & Pest Control, Inc. at 770.505.9040 or fill out our online contact form to get a personalized quote.