Rodents are one of the worst pests that can get into your home. Rats and mice are both notorious for carrying diseases – anything from salmonella to the plague – and parasites. They also have a habit of chewing on the furniture in your home. These pests can even cause some flooding by chewing on pipes or can cause a fire by tearing up wires. To make matters worse, a single female rodent can give birth to half a dozen rodents per litter, and they can have up to ten litters a year. That’s sixty newborn rodents a year!
Trapping rodents is a sure-fire way of solving your problem, but it only works if done properly.
The first step to trapping a rodent is to observe them. This doesn’t mean standing idly by but involves us thoroughly investigating your home. Doing this gives us an idea of what rodents are bothering you, where their nest is, where they’re getting into your home from, and what they use as a food source.
This information really helps us in the selection of bait, placement of the trap, and in the prevention of future infestations.
There are plenty of traps out there for you to choose from. They all have their own pros and cons, and they can all be used to remove the rodent infestation. You could use snap traps, live traps, electric traps, or glue traps. That said, controlling a large population of rats or mice is made much easier with snap traps because they’re easy to set up, reusable, don’t take up a lot of space, and offer a great value.
Trap placement is a crucial part of our process. It lets us maximize the number of rodents trapped, so your home will be pest-free much sooner. We place our traps in and around the animals’ nest, so they’ll be caught whenever they try to step outside their lair for food or water. Our experts improve the chance of a rodent falling into these traps by wearing gloves to ensure the traps don’t smell like people.
We repeat this process several times until we’re sure all the rodents are cleared up and gone.
Once we’ve identified the rodent species living in your home, we’ll use the knowledge to select the perfect bait for the job. While some individuals and companies opt to use poisoned bait, we find this to be a temporary and inefficient solution as the poison will leave lots of dead bodies all over the home, thus inviting even more wildlife into your home.
Instead, we prefer to use ordinary bait that’s tailored to the specie’s diet. For mice, for example, we might use cheese or similar bait. Roof rats, on the other hand, require fruits and vegetables for bait. Norwegian rats, however, prefer meaty bait. All of this combined makes catching a rat quick and easy.
While trapping and removing the rodents is a great first step to keeping your home pest-free, it’s really just treating the symptoms of a bigger problem. These pests can’t just pop into your house out of nowhere, so a rodent infestation can be a sign that your walls have been damaged and need some repairs.
That’s why we focus our efforts on carefully investigating your home to find all of the holes and cracks these pests might be using as entries into your home. Once we find them, we get to work sealing them up so they can’t get back in, as well as to prevent other wildlife from bothering you.
Holes aren’t the only problem, however, as there are plenty of good habits we can advise you on to keep your home clear of wildlife. These include keeping food sealed up tight inside your home, securing the garbage can’s lid, and keeping the trees and grass trimmed so wildlife can’t hide in them.
We’ve found that cleaning up after an infestation is an important step. This not only lets us ensure all the rodents are out of your home, but it even reduces the chance of diseases spreading to you and your family and prevents insects from being attracted.
That’s why we work hard to clean up the rodents’ nest and droppings. We also carefully fumigate and disinfect your home. Finally, we get to work repairing as much of the insulation, pipes, and wires destroyed by rodents as we can.
Getting rid of rodents is a challenging task, involving hours of hard work, the purchase of expensive equipment, and plenty of personal risks as well. What makes this job easier is calling us at Wildlife X Team East Texas. We offer you a great, quick, and easy service. You can sit back and relax as we handle your problem for you. Make sure to contact us if you live in our service areas of Waco, Temple, and Killeen.