There are few things worse than having to feel uncomfortable in your own home. If you’ve ever suffered through a rat infestation, you know what a trial that can be, and you’d probably do anything to avoid experiencing it again. Rat infestations can get to be particularly prevalent during the winter months, so here’s some information on both keeping rats out and getting rid of them once they’re inside your house. You may not ever expect it to happen to you, but the more you know, the better you’ll be able to handle rodent removal in Rochester, NH.
Keeping the rats out
During the winter months, rats tend to seek shelter, and that shelter often comes in the form of someone’s house. The best way to ensure that they don’t pick your home is by making it impossible for them to find an entrance. Small rodents can easily squeeze into small spaces, so you should seal all holes in and around your home, even very small ones.
Another way rats can enter your home is through your sewer pipes. There are few things more disconcerting than finding a rat in your sink or toilet. To keep that from happening, rinse out your sink with warm water and bleach every couple of weeks, and never throw grease down the drain. You should also keep your toilet seat down when not in use, and if a rat does pop up in your toilet bowl, you should flush it immediately.
Another way to keep rats out of your house is to not leave out anything that might attract them. This includes leaving food out in the open, obviously, but also not leaving pet food outside, keeping trash in sealed containers, disposing of pet waste promptly and keeping a strong lid on your compost container.
Dealing with a rat invasion
Even if you take great care to keep rats and other rodents out of your house, they may still find a way in. If this happens, the most important thing is to remember that this is something that happens to lots of people, and you shouldn’t panic or feel ashamed. Just keep calm and attack the problem head on!
The most effective, affordable and humane way to treat a small rodent problem is with the classic wooden snap trap, which you can find in most hardware stores. Place a few in areas where you’ve found rats, with a piece of apple, cheese or raw bacon as bait, and soon your problem will hopefully take care of itself. When removing the dead rodent, wrap it securely in newspaper and take it to your outdoor trash bin while wearing rubber gloves. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water afterwards.
If your problem persists, grows or recurs frequently, you may need professional help in eliminating your rodent problem. Dependable Pest Solutions is your source for rodent removal in Rochester, NH. If these simple methods aren’t keeping your home rodent free, don’t hesitate to contact us.