Damage and Disease
Rodents such as mice and rats basically chew through anything their teeth will allow them to. If given the chance, they will chew through wood, boxes, wires, and a number of other materials. They’ve even been known to get up into cars left in your garage and make a nest by chewing through your vehicle’s wiring under its hood.
The diseases they carry can be even worse for the safety of your home. They can spread salmonella, hantavirus, and a whole rash of other diseases that may endanger your family. These creatures will even chew into your food, ruining it for consumption.
Rodent Protection 101
There are a number of ways to protect your home from these vermin. Below are some tips to help you get started.
Inspect your home. — Identify the location(s) where mice and rats are congregating. These can usually be found by searching for droppings and signs of chewing through wood, cardboard, etc. And a UV light will allow you to see urine left behind.
Get a cat. — If you like cats and don’t mind the thought of your pet eating mice every day, this can be a great solution. Female cats typically make better mousers. Some estimates say that an effective mouser can rid your home of as many as 1200 mice a year. However, keep in mind that a cat may be intimidated by rats due of their size.
Seal all gaps. — By sealing up your home, you’ll prevent a number of the critters from getting inside. This includes gaps in the foundation and weather stripping that has been weakened. You may also want to use sheet metal or a similar material to cover up the biggest problem areas.
Time for trapping. — First of all, forget rat poison unless administered by a professional, since animals that you don’t intend to ingest the poison may very well do so. Instead, utilize more humane traps. Glue traps are one possibility, but since the rodent will die slowly, they are not exactly humane. Snap traps provide a quick kill, but also take a little finesse to set, plus continuous attention. Some traps catch mice and rats live, but you must consider what to do with them once they’re caught.
Rodents such as rats and mice can be quite a nuisance, not to mention carriers of disease. When it comes to the rodent protection of your home, you must decide on which method(s) are right for you and your family.