What Are the Prep Steps for Rodent Control Service?

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Does your home or business have a rodent problem?

The best way to get a rodent problem under control, safely and effectively, is to let rodent control specialists handle it.

Remember, many DIY rodent control methods simply do not work.

After you have made a call to Rodents Stop, there are a few prep-steps you can take before our technicians arrive. These preparatory steps not only help save time but also increase the effectiveness of the rodent control service.

Listed below are the most important prep-steps for rodent control service:

1. Reveal Hidden Areas

Rodents can hide and thrive in hidden corners of your house.

To give ease of access to rodent control technicians, be sure to remove large furniture items and appliances away from the corners in all rooms.

This prep-step will enable rodent control professionals to quickly investigate all potential rodent travel and escape routes inside your house.

Removing appliances and furniture items away from the corners also ensures they remain safe from any spills or chemical sprays when the visiting technicians undertake cleaning and decontamination.

Revealing hidden areas is also helpful when a building is inspected for the presence of rats or mice.

2. Clothes and Furniture

Remove all mattresses, area rugs, bedsheets, pillows, cushions, covers, etc. and store them away in a clean cabinet.

Pack away your clothes, make-up accessories, children’s toys, etc. Use plastic wrapping if you run out of storage space.

Use plastic wrapping to cover tables, chairs, and upholstery. Do not use cloth sheets for the purpose; chemicals used for cleaning and decontaminating a space can penetrate them.

3. Kitchen and Dining Area

Chances are that rodent control service will involve the treatment of kitchen cabinets and the dining area.

Therefore, it is a good idea to clear out all kitchen countertops, top of the refrigerator, and the sink. Remove all utensils, cutlery, mugs, plates, spoons, etc. and store them away before rodent control technicians arrive.

If there are any appliances in the kitchen, unplug and place them in a separate area. If moving appliances is not an option, cover them with plastic wrapping.

If there are any items obstructing access to areas such as under the sink, into the plumbing vent, under the cabinet, etc. be sure to remove them.

When you have confirmed signs of rodent infestation, be sure to discard any food items stored in the attic, basement, or kitchen shelves and cabinets that have gnaw-marks on them.

Rats or mice may have contaminated any food item that was stored in open or in containers made from cardboard or thin plastic.

4. Remove Clutter

Eliminate all clutter and unnecessary storage such as clothing, paper, cardboard boxes, tin cans, etc. as rodents and other pests will look for alternative shelters when rodent exterminators get to work.

Declutter your attic, basement, and garage as well. These are the areas where rats and mice tend to build nests or burrow escape routes to access different areas of a building.

5. Make A List of Required Repairs

Rats and mice can squeeze through tiny holes.  

If you have been able to locate any holes or burrows in the wall, baseboards, siding, windows, door frames, etc., make a list of all such potential rodent entryways. 

Rodent control service will typically involve rodent-proofing your dwelling.

However, it is a good idea to carry out a preliminary  investigation on your own before rodent exterminators arrive.  

You can also make notes of areas where you have recently spotted a rat or mouse.  

6. Paintings and Flower Pots

If there are any paintings and photographs hung on the walls, it is a good idea to remove and place them in a separate area.

Flower pots, decorative vegetation, etc. are best left in the open. Consider an area such as a balcony or roof, that won’t be treated.

Final Words

In case you come across rodent droppings, urine, nesting material, etc. while preparing your home for rodent control service a few days later, do put on gloves and wear a face mask to avoid accidental ingestion of contaminated dust or air.

In case you have used rat poison to get rid of rodents in the past, do tell rodent control professionals about it.

Rodent control professionals deploy a variety of techniques to solve a rodent problem at hand. The technicians will discuss the issue with you before they start with cleanup, proofing, or treatment of different areas in your house.