How to Prevent Rodent Infestations & When to Call for Rodent Removal

November 19, 2014

rodent controlLet’s be straight—rodents do NOT belong in your house (unless we’re talking about a specific one named Mickey who only appears on your TV). Rodents are dirty, disease-carrying moochers that live off the warmth, food, and shelter of your home. If you have a colony that has decided to make your home theirs, you’re going to want to call in the big guns (your friendly neighborhood experts at The Other Side Lawn & Ornamental Pest Control Inc.!)

Before we talk about professional rodent removal, let’s look at a few things you can do to make sure you never need it. Here is our best “how-to” guide to preventing rodent infestations:

  1. Make sure your home is sealed. Rodents can enter through amazingly small spaces, so it’s important that you leave nothing available for them. Check your windows, doors, screens, foundation, and even your roof. Use a material that will be difficult for rodents to chew through or move around, such as steel wool or hardware cloth.
  2. Keep your home clean. Easier said than done, we know. But it is absolutely vital to cut off any food source if you want to completely avoid the need for rodent removal. This means sweeping crumbs off the floor regularly, storing food in air-tight containers and de-cluttering areas the rodents may find attractive for nesting (piles of clothes, etc.)
  3. Consider employing some natural deterrents around your house. Some natural herbs such as mint and bay leaves can repel rodents; just place some in strategic areas inside your home or consider planting some around the outside perimeter. You could always adopt a pet cat and get some seriously fluffy (and cute) rodent removal, too!

If you are already dealing with a full-blown infestation, we are here to help. We’ll make sure your home is sealed to prevent any further problems and eradicate the current population.