Is there anything more disconcerting than seeing a rat run across your floor? Or as irritating as seeing a squirrel decimate your bird feeders and scare all the birds away? Though rodents need somewhere to live (and things to eat) too, most of us prefer that it’s not in our homes or chewing up our gardens and bird food. At best, they’re destructive animals and sometimes professional rodent removal is the only way to get peace of mind. Unfortunately for those of us who live in big cities, rat-related nuisance calls have spiked in recent years — up by 129% in New York City and 174% in San Francisco. Though there are certainly ways you can keep from “inviting” rodents into your home, sometimes the only thing to do is call up professional rodent removal services.
The Issue With Rodents
Alarmingly, The New Republic reported in 2017 that we were on the verge of a “Ratpocalypse,” noting rat populations increased dramatically in cities like Washington, D.C., Houston, and NYC. Rats breed astonishingly (and alarmingly) quickly. Two rats in a perfect environment could produce 482 million rats…in three years. And, unfortunately, they thrive in urban areas, because there’s a plethora of ideal hiding spots and plenty of trash to feed on.
Rats are a problem for a few reasons — one, they can spread diseases through their urine and droppings. And sadly, since they breed so fast, that can really pile up. Second, they’re destructive, chewing through important wires, spoiling food, and there’s also the “ick” factor of seeing one scurry past you.
Squirrels are also nuisances; they can cause structural issues in your home if they choose to nest in your insulation (this is why squirrels in the attic is such a problem), can carry disease, steal food, and destroy plants (an issue for homeowners with precious gardens).
How Can I Keep Rodents From Invading My Home and Yard?
In some cases, you might not be able to prevent rodents from being around your home and yard, even if you do everything right. However, you face a better chance of keeping them away if you can eliminate trash and hiding spots for them to take advantage of. Closing entry points to your home that they like to use such as pipes, roofs, and siding can also help. Removing food sources that they’re attracted to can also keep from luring them towards your home.
There are also traps, sprays, and other deterrents (store-bought or DIY) that you can use to keep your home and yard somewhat rodent-free. And in some cases, pets can also provide a powerful “stay away” presence — most squirrels and rats aren’t going to want to tangle with a dog or cat, for example.
Of course, if you’ve tried all manner of squirrel control or rat removal with no luck, it might be time to call in professional rodent removal services for extra assistance.
How Can Professional Rodent Removal Services Help Me?
A professional can help you really thoroughly eradicate the problem at hand and do it quickly. They’ll do a thorough inspection and examination of your home and assess the situation.
From preventative measures, like blocking entrances, preventing exterior access, removing anything on the interior that’s attracting them, to taking action and getting the existing rodents out of your home, they can do it all. Most rodent removal services will also likely schedule follow-up visits to make sure that the problem has been taken care of, so you don’t have to worry about the rodents coming back.
They can also offer specific tips and instructions on how to keep it from happening again and make you more mindful of any habits that might have led to the issue in the first place. If your own methods aren’t working, it’s likely best to call in the professionals.
Rodent removal services have the equipment and know-how on hand to deal with the problem efficiently and save you a lot of headache, stress, and adrenaline spikes!