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Rodent Control Tips

Rodent control tips help neighbors maintain health, safety, and happiness for our neighbors. While we appreciate the natural beauty of the Castle Rock area of Colorado, nobody wants to share their residence with rodents. Consequently, OMNIS offers these easy-to-implement tips to keep rats, mice, voles, and other rodents from your door.

How to Get Rid of Rats

How to Get Rid of Rats

How to get rid of rats is one of the most pressing questions we get in the pest control business, due to the threat of disease and damage.

Do I Have A Mouse In My House

Do I Have A Mouse In My House

Wondering to yourself “do I have a mouse in my house?” It’s probably time to call OMNIS Pest Control for rodent removal.

What Do Rats Eat

What Do Rats Eat

If you don’t know what rats eat, you could feed them without even realizing it. So, here’s a little primer on the foods rats might thrive on.

Rodents—What They Are and Why They Are Pests

To clarify, rodents are mammals that have a single pair of incisors in both their upper and lower jaws. These incisors grow continuously, which means rodents gnaw things to wear them down. Explicitly, this is a survival technique—if rodents don’t gnaw wood, their teeth can grow long enough to pierce their skulls!

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Rodents Damage Property

As a result, a rodent’s instinct for survival creates a problem for man-made materials. As pest control professionals, OMNIS sees lots of damage done to property by rodents. Wires, pipes, furniture, sheetrock, woodwork, and foundation—you name it, rodents chew it. All things considered, rodent control tips can prevent lots of property damage.

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Your Food Isn’t Safe

Additionally, rodents can contaminate food sources. This poses a health risk to both you and your pets. Surprisingly, at least 20% of the world’s food is contaminated by rats and mice yearly. This creates health risks since rodents transport food-borne pathogens through their saliva, urine, and droppings. Furthermore, rodents spread disease through bites—children and pets are especially vulnerable to these health hazards.

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Rodents Spread Disease

Finally, rodents spread disease to humans and other animals by transporting fleas, ticks, lice, and ticks. Simply put, it’s wise for every homeowner to put rodent control tips into place.

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Different Types of Rodents Found in Colorado

As a professional pest control company located in Castle Rock, Colorado, OMNIS is familiar with local species of rodents. The pests that frequently plague our area include:

Trust us when we tell you these rodents can seriously damage your health and property. To that end, practicing as many rodent control tips as possible is wise.

Rodent Control Tips for Your Home’s Interior

Firstly, rodents can’t wreak havoc with your property when they can’t enter it. Therefore, it is very helpful to seal up any openings in your home. These include cracks in walls, holes in the foundation, and gaps around doors and windows.

Next, keep your home as inhospitable to rodents as possible. Specifically, the more you sweep, mop, and vacuum, the less likely mice and rats will reside with you.

Thirdly, remove food sources around your home. Keep food in rodent-proof containers. Wipe up spills and crumbs immediately. When rodents can’t find a good meal at your place, they’ll look for it elsewhere.

Finally, bait traps eliminate mice and rats from your home. Use tamper-resistant bait stations to ensure the safety of your children and pets. Once you bait these traps, place them along pathways where you find droppings or gnaw marks.

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squirrel chewing on side of house

Rodent Control Tips for Your Yard

Of course, rodents won’t be tempted to enter your house if your yard holds no temptations. To this end, trim trees that hang over your roof. That way, squirrels, rats, and mice don’t have a bridge from the outdoors to your home. Additionally, plant shrubs and bushes at least three feet from buildings. Often, rodents use these plants as places to hide from predators.

Furthermore, it helps to remove debris, clutter, and garbage from your yard. Finally, rodents prefer to live in places where they can hide easily. Therefore, they steer clear of wide, open spaces devoid of camouflage.

To be sure, it is smart to eliminate all moisture sites outside your home. Fix leaky pipes and unclog drains, as pooled moisture points are magnets for rodents.

Finally, remove outdoor food sources that attract rodents. Explicitly, gardens and fruit trees lure these pests. Install rat guards on your fruit trees; these two-foot high metal barriers are good rodent deterrents. Additionally, regularly remove any fruit that drops to the ground. With regard to your garden, plant members of the mint family around its borders. You can also spray predator urine around the perimeter of your garden—this chemical deterrent can be found in garden stores.

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Use Scents and Sounds to Repel Rodents

On balance, the best rodent control tips involve cleanliness. However, there are some additional rodent control tips available for a pest-free home. Explicitly, you can use scents that repel mice.  Unquestionably, rodents have a powerful sense of smell, so they avoid spaces that offend their olfactory nerves.

Additionally, some people swear by ultrasonic rodent repellents, which emit high-frequency sounds that mice and rats dislike. While this type of rodent control tip is attractive since it doesn’t involve chemicals or traps, industry professionals are skeptical of its effectiveness.

Rodent Control Tips That Are Cuddly

Another helpful rodent control tip is to adopt a pet. Specifically, cats and dogs intimidate rodents, who prefer the easy living of a pet-free home. It’s not necessary for a cat or dog to be an excellent hunter to scare off rodents. Often, their scent alone is enough to keep mice and rats from your door.

Pet-Safe Rat Control

Pet-Safe Mouse Control

 

When Rodent Control Tips Aren’t Enough

Without a doubt, property owners struggle with severe rodent infestations, despite their best efforts. When this happens, it’s time to call OMNIS. Not only are we locally owned and operated, but we use the latest high-tech solutions and materials to eliminate your rodent problem. With regular service from us, you no longer need to surf the web for rodent control tips. Contact us today. 

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