Rodents are warm-blooded mammals that, like humans, can be found throughout the world. They live and thrive in a wide variety of climates and conditions and are often found in and around homes. Before contacting a pest control professional, the most effective rodent control begins with prevention.
First, trash should be disposed of properly, and sanitary conditions should be impeccably maintained. Rodents can survive in small areas with limited amounts of food and shelter. So no matter how clean, all places where food is stored should be made rodent-proof as a preventative measure by keeping food tightly sealed in metal or glass containers. Both human and pet food is an incentive for rodents. Cardboard boxes are attractive to rodents, as they chew them up for use in their nests.
However, rodent populations grow very quickly so time is of the essence. It is best to target them when populations are small before it becomes a full-blown infestation. A successful and effective rodent control strategy typically involves the sanitation measures above, rodent proofing (exclusion), and population reduction (trapping).
If you call Truly Nolen for your FREE rodent inspection, the company approaches it in a way that ensures the quickest possible results. Truly Nolen understands each home is unique and the company’s professionally trained technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, identifying any signs of rodent activity, potential entry points, and taking the time to understand your individual needs. At the end of the inspection, your pest control professional will develop a customized plan to address your specific rodent problem.
For starters, in addition to the sanitation prevention tips above, the technician will also provide a thorough pest control treatment to eradicate vectors commonly living with rodents such as fleas, mites, roaches, and other feasting insects.
Next, it does not take a very big hole for a pest to gain entry into your home. Rodents are capable of squeezing through holes that appear to be much too small for them – mice can enter a home through a hole as small as a dime; rats can enter through a hole as small as a quarter. The most successful and permanent form of rodent control is to limit shelter and prevent rodents from entering your home. In the exclusionary phase of the program the company’s expert technician “rodent proofs” your home.
When a rodent infestation already exists, some form of population reduction (e.g., trapping) is typically necessary to help control the rodent population already inside the home. Many factors, especially placement, account for the overall success. Rats are very leery of anything new in their environment and will avoid a freshly placed trap so this process could take a few days or up to a few weeks. The technician will routinely check and promptly remove the rodents as they are trapped. By not relying on inherently hazardous poisons, they can make sure rodents are disposed of properly, and avoid any unpleasant odors.
An ongoing monitoring program ensures any exclusionary measures remain intact for the long-term. The company will regularly monitor your home to ensure the rodent prevention plan is effectively working, making any necessary adjustments. They will consult with you and provide education on ways to prevent future rodent infestations. Their goal is to deliver a long-term rodent-free environment and to provide 100 percent customer satisfaction.
Finally, even when rodents and associated insects have been eliminated, it may be necessary to sanitize your property as there may have been long term contamination left behind by rodent feces and urine. Your technician will apply a sanitizing agent to all affected surfaces in order to eliminate the diseases associated with the rodent’s by-products.
Removal of rodent droppings is a serious business, so Truly Nolen uses a HEPA vacuum system to prevent dried fecal matter from becoming airborne. Removal of soiled insulation may also be necessary as part of the sanitation portion of the program. Your technician will discuss the rodent sanitation plan best suited for your particular needs.
For more information about Truly Nolen’s complete rodent control solution or to schedule that FREE rodent inspection discussed above, you can call 1-800-GO-TRULY.