When autumn comes, many rodents leave their natural environment to storm human dwellings. Whether they settle in the garden or other room of the house (kitchen, bedroom, etc.), they create a lot of damage that is sometimes irreversible.
Cohabiting with these beasts is not at all pleasant, and it is important to act in the face of their invasion. If you don’t know how to get rid of it, read this article to learn more.
Implement anti-invasion prevention measures
There are simple ways that can help prevent a rodent invasion at home in the fall. These consist of carrying out small jobs both inside and outside the house.
Inside the house
In the first place, it is necessary to detect all the openings present in the habitat, and likely to serve as access points for these animals. Keep in mind that rodents, especially mice, are able to pass through very small cavities.
As soon as all the openings are detected, it will absolutely be necessary to repair them in order to obstruct the passage. At the level of windows and doors for example, a weatherstripping installation will be necessary. To carry out this work, call on pest caulking professionals.
Another means of prevention is to make an inventory of plumbing, especially piping. Indeed, rodents like to use sewers and pipes as a passage.
To prevent them from entering the house, it is necessary to repair water leakage points, open drains, etc. Finally, it is essential to properly cover and protect food in airtight jars. Otherwise, their smell will attract these rodents into the kitchen.
Outside the house
Here, the task is to make disappear all the points that could favor the nesting of these animals. This will then be the time to get rid of unnecessary objects in the garden, or around the house.
Also in the garden it will be necessary to organize a small weeding chore, with a view to removing herbs. If there are piles of wood, it should not be left on the ground, but rather installed in height. Any ventilation duct, and any crack in the foundation must absolutely be plugged.
Preventing the invasion of rodents
Thanks to their strong teeth, rodents are able to dig a passage in wood, and any other soft materials. As small as the aperture is (1.75 mm), they are able to make a great passage of it just by nibbling on the material.
It should therefore be borne in mind that preventing an invasion of rodents is tantamount to obstructing any opening, no matter how small. Whether it is the rat,or the mouse, these rodents will look for orifices in the most innocuous places. It can be the bottom of the garage door, in an open air conditioner, etc.
It is also important to clarify that these are excellent climbers and can easily reach the roof of your home. To achieve this, they use trees, or gutters as a walkway.
When autumn comes, the house must be combed through so that all accesses can be plugged. In the absence of caulking material, steel wool is an excellent option for plugging these openings.
Getting rid of rodents
If despite all these precautions, rodents have stormed the house, well, it will be necessary to get rid of them. This rodent hunt will be done in several points, and the first is to distinguish the different types of rodents present in your home. Are they rats, mice, or other mammalian rodents?
To get rid of these animals, it is essential to take into account their species, and also the environmental rules of the country. In Canada, for example, decontamination prohibits the extermination or capture of wild rodents. It is rather advisable to direct them to other sites where they can settle.
An animal capture trap can be used if it is one or two rats, mice or squirrels. But when it comes to a colony of rodents, it is better to hire professionals for residential service. They will be able to safely use chemicals.
Before any intervention on raccoons, it is imperative to read the texts relating to animal control in the country. And if it comes to insects, take the advice of a professional before using insecticides.
As for the black mullet, it is possible to get rid of it with plants with strong odors such as castor or garlic. It is also possible to obtain traps or ultrasonic devices in a commercial department.