A rodent infestation is one of the worst things a homeowner can experience. Mice, rats, and other creatures of the same ilk can bring disease, property damage, and filth into your home. Never fear, however, as there are plenty of ways to get these pests out of your home and ensure they do not come back.
Place some peppermint oil on some cotton balls and place them in key areas throughout the house. The smell is incredibly intense for rodents, so it will hide the smell of food in the house and it will deter the mice from going near areas where the oil is present.
Seal Entry Points
Find places that the rodents could be entering or leaving by and seal them up. Small holes are the main thing to be searching for, as these are the most common points of entry. Sealing them with kitchen pads, cardboard, or steel wool will ensure they can’t get back in or out through those holes.
Get a Cat
The cat is a natural hunter, with rodents being its specialty. Both inside and outside, a cat will prowl the area once it catches scent that there are rodents present. It will obsessively chase and hunt down mice and rats.
There are a lot of different traps on the market. These traps all work in their own way, but one may be a better fit than others depending on the situation in the home.
Spring traps are the “classic” mouse traps everyone envisions when they think of mouse traps. They have to be baited manually and need to be set up in an out-of-the-way location to prevent any unfortunate accidents. They are effective at killing, but can leave a nasty mess behind. Live traps are the most humane traps as they only trap, not kill. Once the rodent is inside, they need to be released outside.
Poison is easy to use. Place it somewhere in the house, and the rodent will be attracted to its smell and ingest it. The rodent will then die. It’s less personal than traps, but the main downside is that the creatures could die in a place that is impossible to reach to dispose of them, like inside a wall. To remove them a professional may need to be called. Many Orange County plumbing services will be up to task on helping fix this.