I remember the first time I heard a rodent in the walls. It was a little scratching noise, and at first, I figured it was the pipes or the house settling. There are so many regular noises throughout your home that you often don’t catch rodents until they have done some damage. While you can try to set up some sort of custody agreement with your home or car, rodents aren’t usually the best compromisers. In fact, we can guarantee they won’t respect your boundaries.
That’s when I first thought, “there has to be an effective guide on how to control pests and rodents.” The only way to control these rodents and pests is by getting a reputable company to come and do pest control. We’ll give you a free estimate here if you’re not looking to do it yourself. Whether you need rodent control, home pest control or any other pest control service in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, we hope you’ll give us a chance.
A rat or mouse inside your walls can make you pretty squirmy. It’s obviously not something most people want to deal with, and it’s pretty frustratingly common in the Dallas area. These mice just want to share your heat and AC, chow down on your food, and bum off of your comfy installation. So, basically, they are annoying roommates that don’t pay rent! To make things worse, they can carry nasty diseases and leave around their “droppings.” No thank you!
However, it can be hard to get rid of these little critters. Just like it’s hard to get rid of those roommates you don’t like, rats are similar. They don’t care if you ask them to leave—they won’t. It takes pest control to get them out. That’s why I wrote this guide on how to control pests and rodents in the Dallas area.
How to prevent rodent damage in cars
Did you know that rodents can cause damage to cars? It’s true! Rats and mice love dark places. And what’s darker than your car’s engine? Pretty much nothing. So, these little guys come into the car to nest, leaving behind irreversible damage. Not only do they like to bring food and other items into the car themselves, but they can chew through important wires and cause damage in your car. The good thing is that there are a few steps you can take.
1. Keep your hood up
While we admit this isn’t the most permanent solution, it can help until you have the rodent infestation taken care of. Because rats like the darkest areas to nest, leaving the hood up can prevent them from making a nest there. This method should only be used until you take care of the rats. It’s not good to keep your hood up for long periods of time.
2. Drive your car
Occasionally, some people may have cars that sit for a while. This is not good for rats or for the car’s battery, we understand that it happens. If you have a car sitting, make sure you drive it at least once a week. This can disrupt the nesting of a rat.
3. Use scents that rats don’t like
Some people have had success with using certain scents as a deterrent for the rats. Many rodents don’t like the smell of peppermint oil, cats and dogs, and fox urine. You can use any of these scents to try and deter rats from entering your car. Stores also carry a spray to keep rats out that should be sprayed on all exposed wires and around the tires.
4. Remove shrubbery
If you have a lot of bushes around your home, it may be time to cut down on them. These are notorious hiding places for rats, so they’ll hide there and then scamper to your car. If you remove shrubbery, there’s a good chance the rats will also leave.
5. Block openings
Some people have taken to blocking the openings to the engine. This can be done with a wire mesh, but it should be placed by a professional for safety reasons.
6. Set up traps
If you try to get rid of the rodents yourself, you can try to set up traps. Most people will put the traps on the wheel wells. This is because it’s usually the spot that rats will scamper up to get into the engine. That being said, traps aren’t guaranteed to work, and if you don’t solve the original problem, more rats will return. You have to work to prevent a rodent infestation, to begin with.
How to prevent a rodent infestation
Most of the time, you won’t actually see the rodent. However, you may see signs that the rodent was there. The first sign to look out for is rodent droppings. The most common spot to find rodent droppings will be around your cupboards and where you put food. You may also find rat nesting materials. This is usually strips of paper or cardboard that are assembled in a small area. They take this nesting material from cereal boxes and other snack items, so you may see holes in the packages.
Rodents carry a multitude of diseases, so you want to try to prevent a rodent infestation from happening in the first place. To prevent a rodent infestation, you want to make sure that your house is not their home. That means you don’t want to provide them with food, water, and entertainment. Check out these important tips to prevent rodents from coming inside:
1. Seal up holes
First things first, rodents can’t get in if there isn’t a point of entry. You may think that a small hole can’t be an entry point for a rat or mouse, but they are very slick creatures. What may be small to you could be the perfect spot for them to come in! Think of rodents as being super flexible. It’s important to seal up all holes.
If the holes are large, you may need to patch them up with new wood or brick. However, if the holes are small, you can try and caulk them. Rodents have a tendency to chew small holes larger, so you want to make sure that they realize no part of the home is an entry point for them. This can be time-consuming, but it’s one of the most important steps in keeping rodents out.
2. Clean up
Rodents like dirty places, which is why they are often associated with alleys and dumpsters. However, it doesn’t have to be that dirty for them to come in. Your average trashcan may be enough for those rats to come on in. You should make sure that all of your trash is fitted with tight lids that rats can’t lift or scamper under. This includes your outdoor trashcans as well as your indoor ones.
You’ll also want to remove any dog or cat food that you have outside. Rodents aren’t picky—they’ll literally eat trash. But, if you have pet food lying out, they’ll happily eat that too. To make sure that they aren’t gorging themselves on your good pet food, keep it indoors and sealed tightly.
Another thing to think about is your compost bin. If you like to compost, you need to make sure that fresh food scraps are covered. Rats are notorious for wandering into compost bins, which upsets the balance in your system and also makes it dangerous to use later on.
Finally, keep the house clean. Occasionally, food scraps and dirty dishes can be enough for a rat to come indoors if there is a hole in the wall. You don’t want rats in your kitchen because they can carry some very dangerous diseases, and we want to keep you safe!
3. Stop feeding animals
We all love the wildlife that comes into our backyard, but if you’re feeding the birds or anything else, that’s also a perfect spot for rats to come eat. Birds aren’t going to eat every piece of birdseed that you put out, but the rats will gladly clean up after them. Don’t leave food out for other animals and pick up after yourself when you’ve been outdoors.
4. Remove nesting sites
If you have piles of leaves or mulch, this is actually a very bad thing. Rats love these areas and will happily set up camp there. Even though this is outdoors, the rats will then migrate to your cars and to inside the house. Eventually, the infestation will grow worse. When you rake leaves, make sure to clean them up immediately. The last thing you want is a rat laying babies!
Do it yourself rodent control
So, you have a hankering to do some rodent control? Maybe you think there’s a rodent in your house or your car. Possibly, you’ve heard that telltale scratch or the pitter patter of little hands and feet. Perhaps you’re just grossed out after reading this article and need to do something about it to make yourself feel better. Whatever it is, we won’t judge you—we don’t like rodents either! If you’re ready for some do it yourself rodent control, there are a few things you can try.
The first thing to do is clean your home and get rid of the nesting sites. Once you’ve done that, it’s best to start with traps. You can get the old school trip traps or the glue ones. We believe that traps are the best way to go when working indoors. The reason is that you’re going to find these traps and deal with the mouse or rat yourself. With rat poison, the animal may very well die inside your walls, and the smell will be extremely unpleasant. Then, you may have to cut out the wall to get the decomposing carcass out.
Traps are fairly easy to use. You can use a few different baits or slather on some peanut butter and watch the traps catch the rodents! It may take a few days, but this is the most effective and promising solution.
If you’re dealing with rodents outdoors, baiting with rat poison is effective. You can set these up in popular areas, like bushes and shrubs. It can also be used inside your car if you’ve experienced rats in there. You can buy rat poison at the store, though many rats will avoid it if done incorrectly.
The problem with doing it yourself is that it’s not guaranteed to work. On top of that, you still have to deal with grabbing the mice and emptying the traps. This is never a fun activity. If you’d rather be watching on the sidelines rather than playing in the heat of the game, call us. At Vinx, we’re happy to trap and bait for your rodent problem to make sure that they will be gone for good.
Does ultrasonic rodent control work?
Many people have been looking into ultrasonic rodent control. Basically, a soundwave that is intolerable for rats is put through the walls. It’s supposed to deter the rodents from coming in, but does it work? Well, the research is mixed. While it may deter rats for a short amount of time, it’s not a promising fix. Rats can become accustomed to the soundwave over time, meaning it will only work for a little while. On top of that, the signals are weak. When you plug in an ultrasonic device, it won’t penetrate through furniture, walls, or large objects. That means if you don’t plug it in the right spot, it probably won’t work very well.
These ultrasonic rodent devices sound a little too good to be true, and they are. As much as we wish getting rid of rodents was as simple as plugging in a device, it won’t get rid of the rodent problem you’re experiencing. It can be a great help in addition to trapping, but it won’t prevent or fix the infestation.
Conclusion: How to control pests and rodents
If you’re dealing with rats and want to stop, give us a call today. While most companies charge extra for rodents, we will help you with your rodent problem just like we help with your general pest problem. We guarantee that you’ll be happy with the results. Since we hate rodents just as much as you do, we want to keep your family safe and make sure they stay away from your home. I hope this has been information on how to control pests and rodents has been useful to you. Give us a call at 972-855-8469 for a free quote or fill out the form below.