Read up on how to identify pest rodents and infestations along with the easiest methods for getting rid of these pests.
Have mice or rats moved into your home or workplace? Looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of rodents? If your answer to both of these questions is “yes”, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post we shall discuss everything to do with pest rodents: how to identify an infestation, how to get rid of these pesky pests and how to keep them away permanently once they are gone.
Why are rodents bad?
How do I know whether I have an infestation?
How do electronic rodent repellers work?
How do I keep rodents away from my home?
Know your enemy
Rodents are defined as mammals with a continuously growing pair of incisors (front teeth) both on their lower and upper jaws. They include chipmunks, guinea pigs, squirrels, beavers, mice and rats just to name a few.
Out of the numerous mammals classified as rodents, only two are of particular interest for the purpose of this post because of their tendency to invade human dwellings. These rodents are rats and mice – some of the most common pests all over the world.
Because they breed very quickly, a single rodent in your house could lead to a full-blown infestation in just a matter of weeks. Having a rodent infestation is not only potentially harmful to your health but to your property as well. Some of the problems associated with a mice or rat infestation include:
- Risk of diseases. Rodents have been found to spread more than 35 diseases both directly – through their excretions and bites – and indirectly (through the pests they carry). Some of these diseases include rat-bite fever, bubonic plague, hantavirus pulmonary fever among others. Rodents can also contaminate items and surfaces they come into contact with.
- Property damage. Rats and mice will gnaw on your property causing damage to your electrical wiring, stored food, clothes, furniture and more. Their pungent-smelling urine will also taint your house making it uncomfortable to live in.
- More pests. Because they have fur, rodents will often harbour other smaller pests such as ticks and fleas on their body. They’ll, therefore, introduce these other pests to your house further increasing your pest woes.
- Fire hazard. Rodents will often gnaw on electrical wiring leaving the cables naked. This creates a fire hazard as an electrical shot could ignite a fire.
It’s these issues that make rodents undesirable and dangerous to have around necessitating quick and effective pest control. But before you can control these annoying pests, you’ll first need to ascertain that indeed you do have a rodent infestation, otherwise your efforts would be wasted on the wrong pest.
What are the signs of a rodent infestation?
You can tell whether you have a rodent problem by looking out for the following signs:
- Noise – rodents will scratch and make noise as they move around your house or premises.
- Droppings – you will notice trails of pellet-shaped poop around your home or office.
- Damaged property – this will include ripped and damaged food packaging, damaged furniture and clothes, holes on your walls and chewed up electrical wiring.
- Urine smell – rodent urine produces a strong smell that resembles that of ammonia.
- Streak marks – rodents prefer running along walls and will usually leave streak marks along their path.
- Footmarks – you’ll also notice tiny footprints where the rats have travelled.
- Nesting materials – rodents usually make their nests using materials such as old paper and pieces of fabric.
You’ll need to inspect lesser accessed areas in your building such as the basement and attic to find some of these signs. If you establish that you have a rodent infestation, it’s critical that you move fast to control the problem before the infestation escalates and causes more problems.
Controlling rodents the easy way
While there are several ways of killing a rat, the easiest method of controlling rodents doesn’t actually involve killing them. By using electronic rodent repellers, you can get rid of rodents easily and effectively without having to get your hands dirty.
How do electronic rodent repellers work?
These are electronic devices that use a combination of ultrasonic sound (a high-frequency sound that is not audible to humans), electromagnetic pulses and ionic emissions to irritate rodents out of your premises or home.
The electromagnetic pulses emitted by electronic rodent repellers attack the pests nervous system making it nearly impossible for the rodents to gather food, communicate, breed or carry on with their usual activities.
The high-pressure ultrasonic sound from this device serves to disorient and startle stubborn rodents out of their hiding places and out of your home or office. But that’s not all, the device also emits charged atoms similar to those present in the atmosphere during storms.
Usually, rodents detect these negatively charged ions and interpreted them as a warning signal to seek shelter before the skies open up. An electronic rodent repeller thus mimics these electric charges found in nature to create a hostile environment for pest rodents forcing them to seek shelter elsewhere.
This three-pronged approach of electronic rodent repellers ensures that all rodents within your space are forced out of hiding and away from your home or office.
Electronic rodent repellers are advantageous to use because they:
- Are humane – i.e. they don’t harm the pests.
- Use no chemicals hence safe for you, your family and the environment
- Last for a long time – up to 10 years
- Require little input from you once set up
- Don’t leave the nasty mess of dead rats and mice behind.
- Work fast getting rid of rodents in 7-10 days.
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How to keep rodents away from your home
Once you get rid of all the rodents in your home or premises, take these measures to ensure you don’t get another rodent problem in the future:
- Keep things clean and tidy as clutter provides hiding places for rodents and other pests.
- Store any food items in secure containers that cannot be breached by rodents scavenging for food.
Fix leaks in pipes and drains as these provide water for intruding pests.
- Inspect and cover all holes that could lend entry to rodents seeking shelter from outside.
- Be careful with the things you bring into your house or premises as they could be harbouring rodents in them.
- Keep your garbage bins covered so that they’re not accessible to rodents and other pests.