Growing up, I lived in a sprawling farmhouse in the country. This beautiful home was constantly filled with the sounds of laughter and the smells of delectable food being prepared in the kitchen. Unfortunately, our home was often invaded by some unwanted guests, ants. Pesky ants would welcome themselves into our living room, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. One night, I crawled into my bed only to discover I wasn’t alone. Ants had somehow climbed onto my bed! These destructive ants even ate holes in some of the clothing hanging in my closet. Is your home filled with unwanted, biting ants? On this blog, you will discover the latest methods pest control specialists use to rid homes of pesky ants.
Rats can be more than just an annoyance in your home. They can spread disease and leave behind a mess. Fortunately, there are many methods you can use to keep rats out of your home. Here are a few helpful tips you can use as you wrestle with rat problems.
Keeping your home clean is just one step you should take to keep rats away from your home. Keep food stored in durable containers, and avoid leaving fruit or snacks out on the counter. Sweep daily to remove crumbs, and empty out waste bins in every room of the home. Be sure to scrub and sanitize any surfaces that rats may have walked across in your home. In addition to keeping your kitchen clean, you'll also want to look at the area around your home.
Also, clean up after pets do their business in your yard, as animal waste can attract rats due to potential food scraps left in the waste. Pick up litter left in your yard, and make sure that any trash cans you have outside are kept covered.
Rat traps used outside can help control the neighborhood's rat population, thereby preventing them from entering your home. Consider placing traps near your trash bins, at your back fence gate, and near your driveway. Be sure to use traps that don't involve any poisons, as these can be dangerous for pets and neighborhood children. If you need to use traps inside your home, consult with a pest control expert to find the best solution to capture rats without harming your children or pets.
Inspect Your Home
Rats can enter your home through small entry points, such as cracks around your basement windows or in your foundation. Take the time to inspect the exterior of your home to identify entry points, and work with a contractor to perform any necessary repairs. If rats are already inside your home, you can still close off the entry points to prevent more rodents from entering.
You'll also want to have your pest control expert take steps to remove the existing population inside of your home. Be sure to check your garage as well, particularly if it is attached to your home. In some cases, you may be able to add weather stripping and other measures to prevent rats from entering through the garage.
Take care not to handle rats or their droppings directly. Ask a pest control company like Blackburn Pest Control about cleanup services, as many companies may be able to clean up the messes that rats leave behind in addition to removing them from your home.