Rodents, such as mice and rats, are common pests, but their dangers go beyond destruction of property and sheer phobias. One rat can carry up to 40 different parasites, and these parasites can carry some of the most dangerous and deadly diseases known to man. As a result, you have to take action against rodents as soon as possible to keep your family safe. However, controlling a rodent problem is not as simple as putting out poison or setting traps. You need to know where to set the traps and consider solutions that do not threaten other animals. Some of the following steps can help you eliminate different types of rodents:
- Setting traps in low areas to catch house mice.
- Setting traps along rafters and near squirrel-nesting areas to catch deer mice.
- Relocate poultry coops to areas away from your home. Poultry tends to attract rodents.
But before you can take these steps or contact a professional for assistance, you need to know how to identify the signs of a rodent infestation.
Recognizing the Signs of a Rodent Infestation
The signs of a rodent infestation can be easy to identify, but unless you know what to look for, the infestation could become much worse. First, you need to understand that they are given their name for incisor-like teeth, which can chew through practically any material. Shredded paper, materials, or unexplained holes (“mouse holes”) are one of the key indicators of a rodent infestation, but additional signs may include the following:
- Rodent droppings in areas near food or material sources, such as kitchen cabinets, near bathroom sinks, utility areas or dressers.
- Unusual, stale odors from dark, hidden areas.
- Chewed or frayed edges on food packaging.
- If you have pets, such as terriers, you may notice heightened barking, anxiety or other activity of the dog at night.
- Unusual noises within your walls can also indicate the presence of rodents, if not other pests, in your home.
Common Rodents Found on Long Island and NYC
Arrow’s 4 Steps to Effective Rodent Control
- Inspection is key
During our initial visit, we will identify any of the signs of a rodent infestation. We will also check hidden areas for the presence of rodents.
- Review your property for rodents and contributors to the problem
Rodents may be attracted to sources of water or food, and we will review if you have any of these problems. Prior to our visit, do not clean or dust areas in your cabinets, under sinks or other areas.
- Recommend solutions to the rodent problem
Depending on the finding of the inspection and review, our professional pest control technicians will determine the best course of action, such as trap placement recommendations. Moreover, the expert will also make recommendations for preventing rodents, such as removal of compost or closing of openings.
- Prevent rodent problems from returning with a quarterly follow up
A rodent infestation can be quickly and effectively eliminated if identified early. Quarterly follow up visits can help you keep your home rodent-free by always being a step ahead of the vermin.