Rodent Control 101: Essential Tips For Keeping Your Idaho Falls Home Safe

November 15, 2023

Idaho Falls is a great place to call home. But even in this beautiful setting surrounded by the wonders of nature, pests can be a problem. One pest we deal with frequently here in Idaho Falls is rodents.  

With their beady eyes and long noses, rodents can scare you if you find them in your home. They can also be destructive and dangerous. In this guide, we'll dive into the world of rodents so you can learn how identification, prevention, and professional pest control in Idaho Falls from Falls Pest Services can keep your home rat and mouse-free.

rat crawling in the driveway

Signs Of Rodent Activity: How To Detect A Problem Early

Rodents are notoriously fast breeders. A few mice in your home can turn into a full-blown infestation in a short time, so early detection of rodent activity is crucial. 

Here are some signs of a rodent infestation to watch for:

Droppings: Rodent feces, often resembling small, oblong pellets, are a clear indicator of their presence. You might find these in dark corners, along baseboards, or near food sources.
Gnaw Marks: Rodents constantly gnaw to keep their teeth healthy. Look for gnaw marks on wooden structures, wires, and plastic items.
Sounds: Rodents are nocturnal, so you might hear scratching or scurrying noises in the walls or attic at night.
Nests: Rodents use various materials to build nests, including paper, fabric, and plant matter. Discovering these materials in unusual places is a sign of infestation.
Damage To Food Packaging: If you find torn or chewed food packaging in your pantry, it's a red flag.

If you see any of these signs or suspect a rodent infestation, call us immediately for an inspection. We know where and what to look for to identify rodents in your home. 

The Rodent Menace: Understanding The Threat Of Uninvited Guests

Mice aren't just scary to find running around your garage or basement. These pests are a threat to both your property and your health. They have strong teeth that grow continuously, driving them to gnaw on various materials. This behavior can result in structural damage, damaged wiring, and ruined belongings. If they gnaw through live electrical wires or active plumbing, they can cause floods and fires. 

Hazards posed by rodents also include the diseases and bacteria they carry that can contaminate surfaces and food, posing a health risk to you and your family. Further, rodent droppings and urine can trigger allergies and exacerbate asthma symptoms. Rodents also introduce other pests to your home, like fleas, ticks, and lice. 

Rodent-Proof Your Property: Key Steps To Keep Unwanted Guests Away

As fast as rodents breed, prevention is often the most effective form of rodent control. Here are key steps to rodent-proof your Idaho Falls property:

Seal entry points with rodent-proof materials like steel wool, caulk, or weatherstripping.
Store food, including pet food, in airtight containers.
Remove outdoor food sources like bird feeders that can attract rodents.
Trim trees and shrubs away from your home.
Keep your home and kitchen clean.
Use secure trash cans with lids, and take out the trash regularly.
Store firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. 

Along with following these rodent prevention tips, schedule regular pest inspections with Falls Pest Service to catch any issues early.

Professional Rodent Control: Why Expertise Matters

If you are facing a rodent infestation in your home, don't waste your time with DIY solutions. While they may eliminate a few rodents, DIY traps and baits don't get to the root of the problem and leave you in an endless battle with fast-breeding rodents.

Instead, contact Falls Pest Services for professional rodent control in Idaho Falls. We will quickly eliminate rodents in your home and perform exclusion services to keep them from returning so you can live a rodent-free life in Idaho Falls. 

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