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Rat Pest Control Techniques In Residential Areas

Mice and rats are typical infiltrators of homes and businesses; once inside, they are tough to eradicate. While an infestation of both is unusual, mice and rats can cause similar property damage and pose similar health risks, including the spread of hantavirus and salmonella. Because of these numerous health dangers, taking precautions against rodents is critical.

December 26, 2022
Written By:  
Thomas Harper
Rat Pest Control Techniques In Residential Areas

How Do Mice and Rats Look?

We've put together an explanation of how to distinguish these two species different to assist you in immediately recognizing a rodent infestation. Mice are the smaller of the two when fully grown, and they frequently have huge ears and lengthy tails in proportion to their bodies. Rats are larger in proportion to their body, with smaller ears and shorter, scaly tails. Another significant difference is that mice have more pointed faces, while rats have blunter faces.

Why Are Rodents Entering Your Home?

Rodents are drawn to a property for various reasons, including food, water, and shelter. Mice and rats prefer easy access to food and water sources, and because humans leave a lot of food behind, living near humans can help rodents thrive. So, you can assist in lessening the chance of a mouse infestation by addressing underlying moisture and hygiene issues by doing the following:

  • Keeping kitchens clean by wiping up food and drink spills, washing dishes often, and mopping regularly.
  • Removing decaying fruits and veggies from your property.
  • Putting lids on outdoor garbage cans and regularly taking out interior trash.
  • Repairing faulty plumbing and utilizing dehumidifiers to address moisture concerns around your property.
  • Storing pet food in airtight containers so rodents cannot enter.

7 Ways to Keep Rodents Away

The other key reason rodents enter a property is to find shelter. So, while addressing the conditions that attract rats is vital, eliminating entry points might further repel them. Follow these seven methods to keep mice and rats out of your home or business:

  • Fill any cracks in the building's walls and foundation.
  • Examine the regions beneath decks and even woodpiles to ensure no accessways exist.
  • Check for broken screens in doors and windows.
  • Install weatherstripping and door sweeps around your home.
  • Using steel wool and caulk, repair access points around pipes and utilities.
  • Check that the doors and windows fit snugly in their frames.
  • Keep firewood away from the outside of any structures.

Controlling Mouse and Rat Infestations

Trapping and baiting are two strategies for getting rid of mice and rats. Use snap-style traps, which are meant to kill rats instantly. When baiting, utilize tamper-resistant bait stations that keep the baits in place while keeping youngsters and pets out. Place traps or bait along common pathways where droppings and gnaw marks can be found. Paths are commonly made of ledges, fence rails, and foundations. Close all holes along your exterior with rodent-proofing products. Pay close attention to the doors, windows, and vents.


Rodent pest problems occur all year. Being proactive about your rodent pest problems can significantly improve your quality of life. Contact Harper Pest Control to treat existing pests, create an effective pest barrier around your home, and maintain it with regular treatments. We can design a rodent management plan that is tailored to your unique situation. If you notice rodent activity in or around your home, contact us today for immediate assistance.

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