According to the CDC, rodents are capable of transmitting such diseases as hemorrhagic fever, salmonellosis, and even the plague. Once you identify that your house is infested with mice or rats, you'll want to take immediate action to get rid of them. Unfortunately, there are a few rodent control myths that you'll want to avoid if you truly want your home to be pest free.
Spray Foam Keeps Mice and Rats From Entering Your House
One of the first things you'll want to do to control a rodent infestation is make sure the mice and rats don't have an access point into your home. Many homeowners tend to spray any holes they spot, as well as around pipes with a spray foam that expands to cover the hole. The problem is that rodents love this foam and will use it to create a nest. You'll either need to board up the holes or use a special sealant.
Rodents Prefer Cheese
Should you opt for an old-fashioned mouse trap, you'll want to make sure you bait it with a food that will attract the rodent. One myth is that cheese is best. In reality, rodents prefer rice and grains and fare that is high in carbohydrates.
Your Cat Will Take Care of the Mice Problem
While cats make great mousers, they are no match for a rodent infestation. First, mice and rats are actually attracted to pet food and most pet owners leave a bowl of cat food out all day and night that the rodents can also access. Second, cats can't enter the spaces within your home where the mice are living in order to catch the entire colony.
Ultrasonic Pest Repellers Will Keep the Rodents Away
Ultrasonic pest repellers emit a high-frequency noise that is supposed to keep mice and rats away. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors warns, however, that these types of devices have mixed results and most often have no scientific evidence to back up their claims. It is also important to note that if you have small pets in your home, such as a hamster or a rabbit, the ultrasonic pest repeller may cause them distress.
Instead of wasting time on methods that actually turn out to be myths, it is best to consult a professional pest control expert, like Sentinel Pest Control. Since rodents multiply rapidly, and all year long, you'll want to do this sooner rather than later.