Rodents are a problem no matter where you live or what season it is. A rodent infestation can cause damage to your property and cost you a lot of time, money, and hassle, so it’s important to know the signs of a rodent infestation and take action as soon as possible. But you may wonder, what action can be taken against an army of rodents that are attempting to take over my home? What should I do if I find out I have a rodent infestation?

Call a Professional

The very first step to take in the midst of a rodent infestation is to call a professional. Rodents generally multiply quickly and leave a wake of destruction everywhere they go, so it’s important to act quickly. A rodent control professional will know how to properly evaluate your unique situation to determine what type of rodent is in question, how to best eliminate the infestation, and how to prevent recurrences in the future.

Take Care of Routine Maintenance

Rodents are looking for easy access to food, shelter, and water. Keep up with routine home maintenance, regularly inspecting your property for easy points of access such as cracks, gaps, and holes. Many rodents can fit through unusually small spaces, so make sure your house is sealed up tight so they can’t sneak in. Trim back branches and trees that could act as bridges for rodents to reach the structure of the home, and keep grass properly mowed to eliminate hiding spaces. Pay special attention to areas where cables enter the home as well as things like damaged door sweeps that could look like an open invitation for a little rodent to come on in.

Cut Off Their Food Supply

Ensure that your home doesn’t look like an all-you-can-eat buffet to rodents. Be sure your trash cans and compost are sealed and keep pet food covered and out of reach of hungry little critters (well, the hungry ones that don’t belong to you…). Keep your food sealed in pantries and cabinets and be sure to clean dishes and crumbs up thoroughly after each meal. If you have a rodent infestation but no food for them to eat, you’ll make your rodent control professional’s job that much easier if you’re helping to starve them out!

A rodent infestation does not just cause structural damage – it can affect you psychologically and cost you a lot of time if you try to make this another point on your long list of DIY projects. Rodents also carry many different types of diseases that can cause serious harm to you and your loved ones, so why take the risk? Save yourself time and money in the long run by calling a rodent control professional right away if you find out you have a rodent infestation. If you’re located in the Leander or greater Austin area, give DM Pest Control a call for a free estimate of service – you’ll be glad you did.