If you have a rodent problem in your Las Vegas home, it is important that you take action immediately. Rats can have up to twelve babies at one time and they can also have seven different litters every year. If rodents are not eradicated swiftly, the size of the infestation can double in a short period of time.
There are several preventative steps you can take to make sure rats and mice do not come into your home in the first place or, if you already have rodents in your home, to prevent more from coming inside. A few tips to stop rodents from getting into your house are:
- Keep a Clean Environment:
Regularly clean up food crumbs, spills, and any food residue that might attract rodents.
Store food in airtight containers made of glass or metal to prevent easy access. Rats, especially, are known for chewing through tough materials so packaging boxes and bags could be contaminated by rodents quite easily.
- Install Door Sweeps:
Install door sweeps on exterior doors to prevent rodents from squeezing through gaps at the bottom. Rodents can fit through the smallest openings.
- Regular Inspections:
Periodically inspect your home for signs of rodent activity, such as droppings, gnaw marks, and nesting materials. Look in spaces that aren’t often used such as the attic, garage, storage bins in an outdoor shed near the house.
- Seal Entry Points:
Inspect your home for gaps, cracks, and openings that rodents can use to enter. Seal these entry points with caulk, weather stripping, wire mesh, or other appropriate materials.
- Trash can maintenance:
Use secure trash cans with tightly fitting lids to prevent rodents from accessing food waste.
Regularly empty and clean your trash cans to avoid odors that might attract rodents. Check for chew marks around the lid and replace it if rodents are able to get into the trash can.
- Outdoor Maintenance:
Keep outdoor areas clean and free of clutter, such as woodpiles, tall grass, and debris, which can provide hiding places and nesting sites for rodents. Trim back vegetation and tree branches that could provide rodents with a pathway to your home.
Call a rodent control expert for help
After taking the time to make sure your home is no longer attracting rodents, it is time to get the rats or mice out that have already decided to live in your home. You can buy mouse traps or sticky traps at the store and may have luck with catching a mouse. But it isn’t always so straightforward.
A professional rodent control service knows where to look for the rodents, and how best to eliminate them from your property quickly and safely. For Las Vegas residents, give Pest Raiders a call today to get the rodents out of your house.