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Fredericksburg, VA Homeowners' Complete Guide To Effective Rodent Control

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When it comes to rodent pest control in Fredericksburg, there are only a few things you need to know; if you're aware of these basic rodent facts, you can use them to extend your knowledge to the volumes of information that are available on the topic of rodent control. So, here it is. This is your complete guide to effective rodent control in Fredericksburg.

Common Types Of Rodents That Invade Fredericksburg Homes

We have three types of rodents in Fredericksburg that become pests inside our homes. They are rats, mice, and squirrels. In the category of rats, we have one that is a burrowing rat and one that is a tree rat. In the category of mice, we have one that loves to live in houses and one that generally gets into sheds, barns, and garages. In the category of squirrels, we have two that basically do the same things, but there are subtle differences. It is important to learn about the specific rodents you're dealing with.

They're likely to be one of the following:

Take time to learn about the kinds of rodents we have in Fredericksburg. It will help you to better understand the problems they can cause and what works best to control them.

The Dangers Rodents Can Bring To Homes

When considering what methods to use, it is important to determine whether or not you need to contact a licensed pest professional. Here are a few factors to consider:

  • If you have yard rodents, they may continue to stay in your yard if you take the steps listed below. Keep in mind that backyard rodents can damage vegetation, tunnel under foundations to cause cracks, knock trash receptacles over, chew on building materials, leave droppings, and drop ticks, to name just a few issues.
  • If you have a rodent in your home that doesn't generally stay in homes, such as a Norway rat or deer mouse, you may be able to take steps to make the animal not want to live in your home. While they are inside your home, however, keep in mind that they can make you sick and damage your property.
  • If you have roof rats or house mice in your home, it is best to contact a professional immediately. These two types of rodents can grow large populations and become a serious problem.
  • Squirrels typically stay in attic spaces. In this zone, they leave droppings, urine, ticks, and fleas, as well as cause damage to stored items and insulation.

When you determine what rodents you're dealing with, and how different rodents present different threats, it is time to consider prevention and control.

Five Environmentally Friendly Rodent Prevention Tips

Use these tips to prevent infestation and to arrest ongoing infestations:

  1. Seal holes, gaps, and cracks in your exterior.
  2. Replace or install protective items, such as weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens.
  3. Add protection to areas that are vulnerable, such as installing hardware cloth in louvers or applying metal flashing to sole plates.
  4. Remove the hiding places that rats and mice are attracted to, such as stacked wood, piles of stone, lawn clutter, leaves, and dense landscape vegetation.
  5. Remove food and water resources. These animals eat seeds, nuts, fruit, garbage, pet food, bugs, and more. If rodents can't find food to eat or puddles to drink from, they may not spend too much time in your yard.

The Most Effective Way To Keep Rodents Away

Contact Go-Forth Home Services to stop an infestation or to keep squirrels, rats, and mice away from your home all year long. We can get you the best control possible for all of these domestic rodents. Reach out to us today for assistance.