There are a number of steps you should take if you want to avoid the expense and the stress of dealing with a major pest infestation in your home. Read on to find out what these steps are.
Be careful about how you deal with food waste
Pests such as mice and rats are constantly in search of food. If they find a reliable food source, they will usually remain close to it until that food source disappears. During this time, they will continue to breed.
As such, it is important to be careful about how you dispose of the food waste that your household generates. If you are not, there is a risk that nearby rodents may build a nest in or near your home.
For example, if you place your compostable food waste (such as your fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells and coffee grounds) into a compost bin, it is very important to make sure that you shut the lid of the bin properly after tossing anything into it.
If you don't, the smell of the decomposing food emerging from the open bin will almost certainly attract the attention of nearby rodents.
Likewise, it is vital to sweep or hoover your kitchen floor on a regular basis, as the scent of the food crumbs that fall onto it every time you prepare a meal could entice rats or mice into your home.
Additionally, you should make sure that you never forget to leave your bins out for your local rubbish removal service to collect. The smell of two or three weeks' worth of festering food waste could easily lead to a rodent infestation in your house.
Call a pest control specialist as soon as you notice any signs of a minor infestation
It is critical not to ignore the early warning signs of a minor infestation. The reason for this is that rats, mice, termites and other pests tend to breed very rapidly; as such, even if you have only seen, for example, one rat scuttling around your garden, there is a very good chance that there will be dozens of rats in your home in a matter of weeks.
Given this, it is important to contact your local pest control specialists the moment you discover anything that may indicate the presence of pests on your property.
Things such as small droppings on your kitchen floor, for example, may indicate that there are mice or rats in your home. Similarly, tiny bite marks or holes in any wooden parts of your home (such as the kitchen table, the floorboards or the ceiling beams) may mean that there are termites in your house.
If you contact a pest control specialist as soon as you notice the aforementioned signs, they will be able to identify and remove any pests before these creatures start to breed and create a major infestation.