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Cost of Moving: How to handle a rodent infestation

It is important to know how to handle a rodent problem.

It is important to know how to handle a rodent problem.

Every home has its issues, and you may find some when inspecting your new home after a move. However, if the issue is rats or mice, you may benefit from staying calm and thinking about ways to remove them.

Be aware that nearly every home has problems, and before you started packing to move, there is a good chance your home had some sort of rodent issue. One of the most important steps to learn is whether your home has mice, rats or both, as these may need different care. Regardless of which type you are dealing with, it is important to identify where they are coming from, and their common paths.

Once you do this, you will need to determine what types of traps you need. If you prefer humane traps, you must understand that releasing these animals into the yard will allow them to come right back in. You may have them leave for a few days or weeks, but it is very likely they will be back. In addition, it is important to note that these types of traps will be the most expensive.

Traditional snap traps are cheap, and you can typically buy them in large packs. These may work very well, but it depends on where you put them and how the rodents react. Sometimes you can be very successful, while other times, you may not. In addition, glue traps may have the same hit-or-miss results. If you are looking to spend only a few dollars, these options will be the best way to do it.

If you are planning on spending a few dollars more, rat and mouse poison may be what you need. Typically, these items are in pellet form and you can leave them in the same spots that you would traps. Rodents are attracted to these, eat the pellets and leave the area to die. This may be one of the most effective ways to get rid of these animals, as there are typically enough pellets to get rid of all rodents in the area.

Sometimes these options don't work to the level you'd like, and more drastic measures are needed. Contacting a pest control company may take care of the mouse problem, and some could deal with rats, as well. However, if they do not eliminate larger rodents, they may refer you to an animal control specialist.