Are you tired of finding half-chewed belongings in your garage? Can you hear squeaks coming from the basement when you descend the stairs? Having a rat or mouse problem can be embarrassing, but it's not always your fault. You can run a relatively clean household and can still get rodents trying to move in and take over the place. Unfortunately, getting rid of them isn't always so simple. While waiting for the rodent exterminator to arrive, here are some things you can do to help deal with the situation:
Repackage food items: Any food that comes in a cardboard box, such as macaroni & cheese or potato flakes, should be stored in an airtight plastic tote. Rats and mice don't need to cook anything, so they'll happily chew through the boxes to get to the goodies inside. If you have pets, make sure to store the bags of pet food in plastic totes as well. Depending on how bad the problem is, you may also want to keep canned goods in plastic totes until your rodent exterminator can make a dent in the population. Rodent droppings can harbor a number of harmful diseases, ones that you certainly don't want to be in contact with your cans.
Wrap furniture legs: Rodent teeth are always growing, so they're always looking for something to chew, even if that particular thing has no nutritional value at all. If you can find plastic casings designed to slip over the exposed legs of your furniture, that can help prevent damage. If you can't find such a thing, wrapping some thick wire around exposed wooden furniture legs may also help. Rats or mice may still chew on, or attempt to chew on, your furniture, which is why you need to have a rodent exterminator take care of the problem, but this kind of deterrent may at least make them nibble something else besides your grandmother's prized china cabinet.
Seal up entryways: A good rodent exterminator will help ensure that rats and mice are unable to get into your home in the first place. But it usually doesn't hurt to start the process even before he or she arrives. If you're handy with a caulk gun, place a bead of caulk around any windows where the caulking has worn away or the place where your exterior faucet exits the house. Rats and mice only need very tiny spaces to squeeze through. They are also willing to chew to make a potential entryway bigger, so don't be afraid to be generous with the caulk. Once the exterminator shows up, he or she can look for places that you either overlooked the first time or where the rodents have chewed a new entryway. This will give him or her a better idea where to get started.Share
9 December 2016
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