Everything you need to know about pests
Raccoons and rodents like mice, rats, and squirrels are infamous for finding their ways into areas that are dark and woody. Prevention is an excellent way to avoid an infestation. Routine practices that can free homeowners from these pests include cleanliness, use of rodent proof, ensuring hole free home, securing trash cans with lids, and proper management of garbage odor. Raccoons, like rodents not only love dirty attics but also have a strong sense of smell and so anything contrary to these above practices will promote rodents and raccoons infestation.
On the occasion where you have an infestation of rodents and raccoons in your home; it is vital you take steps to combat the attack before it becomes more intense. Raccoons and other animals that have allowed themselves to get this close to humans are very dangerous, and there is a good chance they are infected with rabies.
The few most popular methods to make them go away are:
Traps are used for squirrel, mice, and rat extermination. It should be a sturdy steel cage that will close when triggered by the weight of the rodent. Peanut butter serves well as bait. Traps can be available as snap, adhesive, and live capture. The adhesive trap works like fly strips; rodents stick to the board and die from lack of food and water. Live capture traps allow a pest control professional to remove and relocate squirrels without harm.
The best and cheapest way to eliminate raccoons from your household is to set traps. Request a "have a heart" trap from your local animal control agency. These traps are created using mesh wire and metal framework and are built to lure and snare a raccoon in without hurting it. You need to get in touch with the animal control agency to have the raccoon eliminated from your home securely as most states have rules against raccoon elimination that prevent households from dispersing them elsewhere without license.
Poison pellets are distributed around the places where rodents are usually vulnerable to and frequently travel. The rodents believe these pellets are meals: once they eat them they die. Although this technique shows efficiency, one can face serious problems in a household where kids and pets live as it may be difficult to locate the deceased and corroded rodents, and one can also encounter the problem of rotting and deceased rodents as it comes with an offensive smell.
Pets like cats and dogs have been confirmed to be great predators, but this is not much a recommended practice these days because it is impractical if the homeowner is not aware of the percentage of the rodents killed. However, if the squirrel and other rodents believe there is a predator nearby, they will avoid the area for fear of being eaten.
Repellent acts as a predator marking their territory. Different repellents that may help homeowners get rid of rodents like squirrels including Squirrel Away and Squirrel B Gone. There is a new innovative electrical repelling device that creates low-frequency sounds targeted at the rodent's hearing which causes extreme discomfort and leads to abandonment of the affected surroundings. This product has its own limitations as it has the tendency to lose its efficacy as the volume decreases due to distance from the the unit.
Removing raccoons and large rodents is a risky task that should only be carried out by an experienced exterminator. Contact a professional pest control company as they are experts at eliminating pests AND they have the proper equipment and knowledge it takes to carry out their services professionally and effectively. Following rodent and raccoon extermination, be sure to locate and seal all open areas in the house to keep the infestation from reoccurring. A good pest control professional should assist with this, as well.