Seeing even one rat in your house can mean that there is a whole family (with babies, aunts, uncles, and other family) of rodents living in your home's basement, the walls, or in and between stored items. This is because rats are most active at night when you are less likely to see them.
It is always best to call a rodent professional and extermination expert who has extensive knowledge and tools to know where the rodents will be and how to get them out of the house -- and provide recommendations to keep them out!
When you do work with a licensed professional, there will be a number of things you need to do to prepare for service, to ensure the treatment is as effective and long-lasting as possible.
Prior to performing this, or any service, the licensed professional will generally provide you with a specific list of preparation activities, "prep," to be completed before they arrive.
The following lists some of the most common requests or recommendations made by service companies.
Because a lack of preparation could make a treatment unsafe or cause rodent reinfestation of the entire home or building, many technicians will not treat areas that are not prepared to specifications.
You can help your rodent professional rid your home of a mouse or rat problem by completing the following steps prior to service:
Make sure that all food that is not in a can or jar is stored in the refrigerator or heavy plastic container during service, and for at least two weeks afterward. This includes chips, candies, nuts, cereals, bread, any grain-based food, pet foods, etc., that are normally stored in upper or lower cabinets, on counter tops, or on top of the refrigerator. Although usually bagged, rodents can chew right through plastic bags to get to foods.
Repair any holes in walls, around baseboards, or doors that don’t seal properly This is because rodents can enter through gaps as small as 1/4 inch and rats through holes as small as 1/2 inch in diameter.
Remove all items from the top of the refrigerator and from beneath the kitchen sink to allow access to these areas.
When the technician arrives, discuss the situation making note of areas where rodents or signs of rodents have been seen.
The technician may be setting and placing a variety of baits and traps. Do not touch or disturb these during or after the service.
For ongoing control, clean, sweep and vacuum the home regularly. Take out the trash on a regular basis, keep lids on trash cans, and keep all areas as clean as possible.
Eliminate any unnecessary storage including boxes, paper, and clothing, because rodents (and other pests) will take shelter here, gnaw the items to make their nests, and even breed in undisturbed areas.
When you follow the steps listed above, the technician can more effectively rid your home of the problem. And it is more likely that you will be able to maintain a rodent-free home.