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The Secret To Effective Rodent Control For New Castle Properties

New Castle is home to a few types of rodent pests. We see roof rats and Norway rats, house mice, and even the occasional squirrel, attempting to make their homes inside New Castle properties. When this happens, many residents attempt to address their rodent problems on their own. Before we discuss what works to effectively control rodents, it is important to take a moment to talk about what doesn't work.

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Should you get a cat?

Some people do. Unfortunately, this has unexpected results. Not every cat has the hunter's instinct. You can put most cats down next to a mouse or a rat and they'll simply ignore each other. If you happen to find a great barn cat that loves to chase down rodents and kill them, this is actually worse. When you find a dead rodent or two lying on the floor or ground, you might think your cat is taking care of the problem. The reality is that cats can't get into all the places where mice and rats go. Rodents have strong teeth that can chew through building materials and they're able to use those teeth to get into wall voids or to go from wall voids to food-storage areas. They don't have to come out into the open. When your cat catches some rodents, the rodent activity may seem to stop, but it rarely means that the rodents are all gone. Cats typically capture a fraction of infesting rodents. That leaves the rest to continue to present a threat to your health and property.

Should you put down some traps?

Traps can catch rodents, but this is actually very difficult. Mice and rats have behavior patterns and abilities that help them avoid traps. As an example, a rodent can smell you on the traps you place down by hand. When they do, they're likely to avoid them. But touching traps, using the wrong bait, placing traps in the wrong places, and all of the other ways trapping can fall short of success isn't actually the worst scenario. Once again, it is the capturing of a few rodents that is the danger. When traps are not deployed properly, it can lead to trap-shy rodents. This creates another level of complexity. It is also important to understand that more mice or rats can come in and replace the ones you've caught if you don't seal entry points in your exterior. Rodent control is a process.  

How does rodent control work?

Licensed professionals use several methods and products to get control of rodents. There is no one magic bullet. That's the secret. Here are the steps that are typically used.

  • An initial inspection is performed to determine the type of rodent pest you're dealing with, potential population size, conducive conditions, general areas of activity, and other essential data.

  • Using the findings from the initial inspection, a pest control technician will develop a treatment plan. This may include cultural modifications, sanitation, exclusions, trapping, or any number of other rodent control methods. Cultural modifications are slight changes to landscaping and other exterior conditions to make your property less attractive to rodents, such as installing fencing material to keep rodents out of the void underneath your deck. Sanitation works to remove food sources and smells that attract rodents. Exclusions work to seal any potential entry points mice or rats are using to get inside, or they may bolster vulnerable points that are being targeted. Traps remove rodents from the property and are one way to monitor rodent activity.

  • During the course of your treatment, your technician will evaluate the success of the treatment program by checking the presence of rodents in traps and also performing inspections to check for any warning signs that rodents are still active, such as fecal pellets, the scent of urine, property damage, grease marks, footprints, etc. 

Does DIY rodent control work

If you apply these principles and methods, you may be able to address your rodent infestation on your own. But, of course, it's a lot of hard work and there are things that can go wrong. It is far better to have a trained and experienced rodent control professional handle this job. We have a few of those on staff here at Moyer Pest Control!

Do you live in New Castle? 

If so, you are in our service area. Connect with us and tell us about your rodent problem. We have over a century of experience in pest control and we use the most advanced methods and products to address rodent infestations. This is the most effective way to control rodents in New Castle. It's also the wisest choice. Rodents can damage your home and your belongings, and they can contaminate your stored foods. They are a risk to health and property. Get the results you're looking for by reaching out to us today.  

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