The Secret To Effective Rodent Control For Boise Homes

October 30, 2021

Can you think of a good reason that rodents might invade your home? Many people have a hard time understanding why these pests invade when they do. We are here today to help you better understand these pests and provide you with some helpful tips and tricks to keep rodents out of your Boise home. If that is what you are looking for, this is what you should know.

a rat outside a home

Why Rodents Invade Homes

There are several reasons why a rodent might want to invade your home. The most common reason they invade is to escape the outdoors. If something is hunting a rodent or conditions outside are unfavorable to their health, they will look to homes as a place to find shelter. Once they have come indoors, they will find reasons to stay, such, as finding left out food, easily accessible pantry items, moisture build-up, materials to build their nest, and secluded areas to hide and breed.

The Problems Rodents Cause

The problems rodents cause is threefold in that they are annoying, destructive, and dangerous. They are annoying with the way they make noise at all night hours scampering inside wall and ceiling voids. They are destructive with the way they tear apart fabrics, linens, and paper to build their nests and chew on anything and everything in sight. Finally, rodents are dangerous because they spread diseases like salmonellosis, hantavirus, and rat-bite fever. These pests also bring disease-causing pests into homes like fleas and ticks.

How Fast Rodent Problems Grow

All rodents are rapid breeders. Rats have six litters each year, each with 5-10 pups. Each pup becomes sexually mature after nine weeks. Doing the math, that gives the potential of 1,250 pups in a single year. Mice reproduce even faster and sexually reproduce in four-seven weeks. Once two rodents have invaded a home, it does not take long for populations to grow out of control. The only thing that limits population growth is the availability of food, water, and shelter, which they typically find plenty of inside of homes.

Prevention Tips For Rodents

How likely you are to have trouble with rodents inside your home depends entirely on how accessible and attractive your property is to these pests. To reduce your chances of finding rodents around your living areas, use these prevention tips:

  • Pick up fruit, vegetables, and other produce that falls into your yard after becoming ripe.

  • Clear up clutter and debris from your property.

  • Trim back bushes and tree branches five feet from your home’s exterior.

  • Fill in gaps, holes, and cracks in the exterior foundation of your home using a caulking gun and some steel wool.

  • Make sure all of your window and door screens are in good working condition.

  • Invest in door sweeps for all of your exterior doors.

  • Make sure all of your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

  • Thoroughly clean your living areas and do your best to keep things clean.

  • Address moisture issues like leaks and water build-up.

When To Get A Professional Involved

Rodents are one of the most challenging pests to remove from a home. If you suspect these furry invaders are causing trouble inside your home, do not hesitate to contact the professionals at Owyhee Environmental. We will thoroughly inspect your home for rodent activity, implement quick and effective trap and control methods to remove the current threat, and put in place lasting prevention strategies to keep any future invaders at bay.

Call today for more details and schedule your Boise home for a visit.

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