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Whether it’s rats, mice, or squirrels, having rodents in your home is never fun (unless it’s your pet hamster). It’s easy for them to multiple like wildfire and before you know it, your home feels as though it has been invaded by furry little nuisances. If you’re tired of sharing your home with scavenging animals, follow our tips below on how to get rid of them quickly and efficiently.
Keep Your Home Clean
Prevention is better than cure, so ensure your home is clean and tidy at all times. If you have a teenager with a habit of stockpiling dirty dishes in their bedrooms then it’s time to make a change. Rodents are only around when food is around so keeping scraps, debris, and wastage on surfaces is a no-go. Clear out your whole home room by room and disinfect every inch possible – this is great to do in conjunction with sealing off any holes or gaps.
Keep clutter to a minimum and try to get rid of any warm and safe hiding spaces. This means storing all of your items inside closed cupboards or drawers. Check your appliances before you use them, as rodents love to nest inside and underneath. You don’t want to add a slice of bread to your toaster only to find a nasty rodent surprise inside!
Set Some Traps
The question on everyone’s lips: How to get rid of rats? Rats in particular are very intelligent creatures so unfortunately killing them is your best option or they will likely return to your home if removed. Look for options that contain poison or layout your own (make sure this area is away from young children and pets) to eliminate them for good. Classic snap traps are also useful as they stop rodents from moving away from traps and dying in hard-to-reach places like under floorboards.
Seal Up Your Gaps
Rats and mice can squeeze through tiny holes as they have the ability to partially collapse their rib cages. This means so long as their heads can fit through a gap, so can they. If you thoroughly inspect your home, it’s likely that you’ll find plenty of small gaps and holes for them to cram themselves through. Filling in those tiny nooks and crannies will stop rodents from being able to travel in, out, and through your home.
Locate And Remove Dead Rodents
Once your rodents have been killed, you will need to find the bodies immediately if they are inside your home and remove them safely. If you leave an animal’s body lying around it will not only smell awful, it will also pose a serious health hazard in your home. Dead rodent bodies release harmful gases which can harm you and your family. They will also attract other animals which will only further exacerbate your rodent problems. Plus, if your pets pick them up, they may accidentally become poisoned themselves.
Do you have a rodent problem? Let us know in the comments and help others to solve their furry woes!
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