The Secret To Effective Rodent Control For Idaho Falls Properties

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Did you know there was a secret to effective rodent control? Yup. It is not nearly as simple as placing a few traps down. If you hope to control rodents in Idaho Falls, you need to know a little bit about them. As an example, it is important to know how likely a rodent is to get into your home. While a beaver is a rodent, you will never discover a beaver infestation in your home. Never. There are a few other rodents that are also likely to never get into your home. Let's take a look at common rodents in Idaho Falls, discuss which ones you should be concerned about, and talk about how you can effectively control them with a few simple tips.

Types Of Rodents In Idaho Falls

It is important to point out that we're not talking about species. We are looking at the types of rodents you can expect to see in your yard. So, while there are several mouse species, we will be generally discussing mice as a type of rodent and staying away from details such as the fact that deer mice are less likely to infest homes than house mice. While certainly important, it would make this article way too long.

Domestic Rodents — The rodents that most commonly get into our homes are domestic rodents. These are mice, rats, and squirrels. This is because they have developed a dependency to living near human habitation.

Lawn Rodents — The rodents that don't get into homes are lawn rodents. Two common rodents we find in our yards are gophers and voles. These rodents are considered lawn and garden pests, not household pests.

Wild Rodents — We have one rodent that doesn't really fit into either of the two categories above. It is the chipmunk. These rodents may get into your home but it is highly unlikely. You can expect these wild rodents to stay outside. They're also not particularly lawn pests. While they can do a little damage, they aren't nearly as bad as voles or gophers. The concern with chipmunks is that they cause damage to structures by creating burrows underneath them.

Let's Use What We've Talked About So Far

If you're dealing with domestic rodents, such as rats and mice, and the occasional squirrel, you're going to need to focus on exclusions, sanitation, and food management. If you're dealing with lawn rodents or wild rodents, it is best to contact a licensed professional to trap these critters. They are extremely difficult to trap if you don't know how to do it.

What You Can Do About Rodents

We're going to set aside the issue of lawn rodents, wild rodents, and also squirrels. When these rodents cause problems, the strategies and products used to control them are far too difficult to explain in detail. Not only are there some effective ways you can get control of rats and mice, but it is important that you do get control of them. They can present a serious threat to your health and property and are far worse than all the other rodents combined. Professional home pest control is always the most effective wat to stop a rodent infestation in its tracks.

Quick Rat & Mouse Prevention Tips

  • Put garbage in plastic bags and store bagged garbage in covered containers. This seals in the scent of food so rodents are not attracted to your receptacles. It is also important to put trash out weekly and keep receptacles free of strong odors.
  • Remove bird feeders. Seeds are a dietary staple.
  • Inspect your exterior and seal gaps, cracks, and holes. Replace damaged screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps. Make sure vents and weep holes are protected.
  • Trim landscaping and remove unnecessary vegetation.
  • Move scrap wood, wood piles, dead branches, and leaves away from your exterior.

When You Need Assistance

If you're having trouble with rodents in Idaho Falls, remember that the Idaho Falls pest control team here at Falls Pest Services is always available to help you correct pest problems and can provide long-lasting protection. Reach out to us today to schedule service.