Let’s assume for a moment that you notice a few telltale signs of a rodent infestation in your home. You see droppings in the kitchen, or find a nest in the laundry room. Or, maybe you’ve spotted the little critters themselves, scurrying about in the dark. You take rodent control measures immediately, and you’re relieved to see fast results. Soon the mice or rats are gone… But then, a few months later, they’ve returned.
This is a common scenario for many homeowners. The problem is, rodents don’t exactly care about property lines, fences, or locked doors. If you’ve had a rodent problem in your home, chances are you had a rodent problem outside the home, too – and next door. In fact, it’s very likely that the mice or rats have set up camp all down your street. So, even if you get rid of the ones in your home, more will show up before too long.
That’s why rodent control should be a neighborhood priority. Talk with your neighbors, or bring the issue to light at your next Homeowner’s Association meeting. Together, you and your neighbors should agree to the following measures:
- Proper lawn care to discourage nesting and to eliminate food sources
- Sanitary trash disposal to eliminate food sources
- Store pet food, compost, and other potential food sources responsibly
- Clean up debris that can provide nesting places
- Check around the outsides of all structures, for gaps and cracks that rodents can squeeze through
Finally, it is wise to contract with a pest control company as a neighborhood. This way, you can receive consistent, timely rodent control measures together as a group. Pest control will work best when it is a coordinated attack.
We can help with that last part. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to come check out your situation and help you decide how to handle it. Rodent control can be a stubborn issue to tackle, but with consistent effort and cooperation from your neighbors, we can take care of the problem once and for all.