Rodent Control 101: A Helpful Guide For Atlanta Homeowners

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Pest control in Atlanta is what we care about and it’s what we do best! Our climate is perfect for all sorts of annoying critters and pests.

Among the most common pests that we see here in town throughout the year are rodents. Think of mice, rats, and other usually small rodents – these are some of the most effective animals when it comes to making their way inside the home.

Some pests, in fact many of them, become less active in the winter. Some insects go underground and skip the season entirely. Rodents, however, are famous for making a winter exodus to any homes or unsecured areas that may provide them shelter and warmth.

The Types Of Rodents That Commonly Invade Atlanta Homes

Not all rodents are common pests. Gerbils and hamsters for example may be more commonly found as pets than nuisances, whereas rats and mice (still sometimes kept as pets) are far more numerous in the wild.

During the winter months, rats and mice become even more determined and aggressive in their attempts to cohabitate with humans. Ground rodents know we’re a great source of food and shelter, so they take the path of least resistance for surviving the winter. That often means setting up shop in our homes!

Most rodents are nocturnal rodents, meaning that they are most active at night. This means that their best efforts to gain entry to our homes are probably made under the cover of darkness when we’re well asleep.

The Many Problems Rodents Can Create In Around The House

Rodents aren’t just annoying. While not overly aggressive toward humans (there are exceptions), they can actually create a number of hazards and damages in the home.

A rodent’s teeth grow in perpetuity, meaning these critters must sharpen and shorten them by gnawing and chewing on things throughout life. This makes rodents excellent at modifying their environment, including wood and even wiring and cables.

This makes rodents some of the most dangerous animals to cohabitate with. Their capacity to damage our homes, even causing fires or floods by damaging wires and pipes, makes rodents an incredibly hazardous pest to deal with.

Five Hands-On And Effective Rodent Exclusion Tips

Keeping rodents out of your home in the first place is one of, if not the best way to keep rodent infestations from forming. Here are five fast tips for making your property unattractive for rodents and other pests.

  • Clear up and food and drink spills immediately.
  • Make sure garbage and waste is sealed properly and promptly taken out on garbage day.
  • Remove clutter and other areas rodents may use as hiding spots.
  • Make sure the floors are clean and free of clutter and any food material.
  • Seal any cracks and crevices in the wooden structure of your home. Rodents use these as “doors” into our homes!

Rodent control near metal and plastic fixtures is important, too. Remember that these rodents are indiscriminate chewers, often munching on anything they can get to in order to maintain their strict dental health requirements.

The Most Effective Rodent Control Method For Atlanta Homes

There’s no getting around it – the best way to get rid of rodents once and for all this holiday season is to call in the pros!

While traps and other DIY methods of staving off rodents can be effective at getting rid of the occasional wandering pest or “one-off,” removing a full infestation is simply beyond the capabilities of the average homeowner.

Call Solstys Environmental today to get started on reclaiming your home once and for all. Don’t share your home with rodents this holiday season!

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