Rodent Control

Understand your rodent control options

Rodents can cause widespread and severe damage to your home that may ultimately result in thousands of dollars in repair bills. That's why it's vital to eradicate rodents from your house as soon as you know they're there.

Today, you no longer need to use old-fashioned mouse traps or dangerous toxins to eliminate your rodent population. Instead, you can select from a range of safe, effective rodent pest control solutions.

The Basics of Homemade Rodent Control

A simple, inexpensive solution to a rodent infestation is to create a homemade rodent control system. These systems vary depending on the size of your home and the type of infestation, but generally speaking, they involve a combination of baited traps, safe pesticides and rodent prevention methods. Some people choose to create their own traps using a propped-up box or other item, but these homemade traps are generally ineffective.

Rodent prevention — using sealants or concrete to seal off nests and rodent entryways — can help reduce your rodent population. However, if you truly want to solve your problem once and for all, it may be time to invest in a more powerful rodent control system for your home.

Using Electronic Rodent Control

In recent years, a number of powerful devices that emit ultrasonic or other types of waves have become increasingly popular for household rodent control. These ultrasonic rodent control units are simply plugged in to your home's electricity to unobtrusively repel pests. Ultrasonic waves are a type of sound wave that humans cannot hear but that are extremely annoying to small animals. They are completely safe and work year-round to drive existing rodents away and to prevent new infestations.

Electronic rodent control devices involve a small initial investment in return for many years of effective rodent control. Unlike traps and poisons, which require constant reapplication or maintenance, rodent control devices offer hands-free operation. Simply plug in your device and you are ready to go. Consult the manufacturer's directions to find out how many units to purchase and where to place them for the best coverage. Take special care to ensure that your units cover the areas where rodents tend to nest, such as basements and attics. You can also place units so that they cover your yard, garden, lawn, garage and any sheds or outbuildings, because these places can be homes to rodents, as well.

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