The S.M.A.R.T. Process Step 1 – Identifying The Source Of Infestation

When it comes to getting rid of rodents and other unwanted guests, the first thing that needs to be determined is the source of the infestation. Some may think that all they need to do is lay out traps that kill the intruders but unless you know the source of where the infestation is coming from, those intruders may keep coming back. When it comes to rodents, there are a few specific reasons as to why they are attracted to your home or building structure. Understanding what these are is what helps professionals eliminate any rodent infestations.

Your Backyard May Be Attracting Rodents

Let’s start with your backyard. What you allow to grow around your home actually makes a difference in whether or not rodents will be attracted to your area. Debris stored around your home is also an attractant for rodents. Rodents are nocturnal creatures and prefer to be left alone and unseen. When it comes to your home or building, they will look for areas that they can go unrecognized. Large bushes, overgrown landscape and piles of wood and scraps are all things that allow them to live incognito. The more brush and yard debris, the more space they have to hide and make a home without anyone taking notice. Since rodents populate at increasing numbers in very little time, having spaces like these allows them to breed safely as well. If they feel protected, they will make that space their den where they will grow and over populate within a short period of time and the closer these things are to the structure of your building, the more likely they are to move into the walls in which you actually live. Cutting back bushes, keeping the yard well maintenanced and storing any scraps or wood away from the exterior of the home will help eliminate the possibility of a rodent infestation within your walls.

It Pay To Keep Your Garage Clean

For some, the idea of cleaning a garage is not on top of their priority list and for understandable reasons. It’s hard enough to keep the house clean at times, let alone a garage, but on the flipside a clean and well organized garage has its benefits. Outside of being able to find things easily, having a clean and organized garage helps keep the critters out of your belongings. Many homeowners store materials and goods in their garage spaces that they wouldn’t store inside their home. Things such as pet food, bird feed, bedding material for pets as well as other supplies for the home are all things that rodents will be attracted to when it comes to searching for food or nesting supplies. A clean and well organized garage will typically mean that these things are not left out in the open for rodents to get into. Even something as simple as storing pet food in sealed containers can make all the difference when it comes to keeping rodents out of the home. If your home is located in an area where rodents are known to be active, especially in areas like the country, keeping your garage organized and clean will pay off when it comes to prevention of rodent infestations.

Why It’s Important To Maintenance Your Home

Just like with a garage, keeping your home clean and maintenanced will be something that pays off when it comes to preventing infestations in your home. Rodents are always on the lookout for food and water sources. Pantries where boxes of food are left open are easily accessed once rodents find their way inside. Food items such as cereal, crackers, oatmeal and rice are all things that rodents will get into. Not only does it make a mess when this happens but it also means that your entire pantry is no longer safe to eat out of. Rodents carry a multitude of diseases and their urine and feces alone is reason enough to get rid of everything in your pantry if it’s been invaded.

Outside of keeping things picked up and clean, maintenancing your home is also a good preventative measure in keeping rodents away. By maintenancing your home you are more likely to be aware if rodents have entered through your walls and the sooner you can discover this, the better! You’re also more likely to see what trails they have made throughout your home in search for food and water which enables you to pinpoint what areas will need to be cleared out and disinfected since they carry transmittable diseases. Having the ability to keep on top of this is a huge benefit to the homeowner because rodents can quickly destroy the structure of your home as well as its belongings.

When a pest control specialist comes out to assess your home, the first thing they should look for is the source of why the rodents are attracted to your living space. This will provide them with a good start on understanding your rodent problem as well as give you the customer, the knowledge of not only why the rodents are invading your space but how you can prevent them in the future.

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