Critter Control in Your Georgia Home

One of the best things about living in Georgia is the ability to live in or near the woods. There’s something nice about the shade and beauty that nature offers, and we get the best of both worlds here in Loganville and Monroe.

But as beautiful as it can be living in a country locale, there is also a downside to being in a more open, rural area: critters. It’s no secret that the closer you live to the woods and the more “in the country” you are, the more likely you are to encounter a rodent in your home.

Whether it’s a mouse, rat, squirrel, raccoon, chipmunk, or something else, critters are not something you want inside your house. They’re not cute and cuddly, and they’re never welcome inside. They’re invasive and gross, and they can be more than just a nuisance.

Rodents — rats and mice in particular — can chew through just about any surface, which means they cause structural damage. They can also chew through wires which can lead to electrical fire. In fact, rodents are responsible for billions of dollars in damage to homes across the nation every year. They can also contaminate your food, leave behind droppings, and bring diseases into your house.

Rats and mice typically enter your home looking for food and water, so there are some things you can do to keep them from finding your house attractive:

Don’t leave open food out. It sounds too simple to be effective, but it really is that simple a lot of the time. Open food is an invitation to all sorts of pests. Be sure to seal up any food you want to leave out in hard plastic or glass containers.

Keep surfaces crumb-free. Rodents don’t require a whole lot of food, so your crumbs may be enough to satisfy them. Wipe down your counters and other surfaces, and make sure you sweep and vacuum your kitchen and dining areas as often as you can.

Declutter. Rodents like to burrow or make homes in material with soft surfaces. Keep cardboard and paper off the floor, and keep clutter to a minimum, even in closets, garages, and sheds.

Put away pet food. Whether you keep your four-legged family members’ food outside or indoors, keep it sealed up well. You don’t want anything but you and your pets to access that food.

Store food in hard containers. Rodents can chew through all kinds of soft surfaces, so it’s important to keep your food stored in hard plastic or glass so that rats and mice can’t chew their way into it.

In addition to keeping the inside of your home rodent-free, you can take steps to keep them from getting indoors in the first place:

Keep trees trimmed near your house. Rodents can get into your home from trees, so it’s important to ensure that you keep the trees next to your house well-trimmed. Make sure to cut away any branches that touch your house or lie within a jumping distance from it, especially ones that go over your home and are near your roof.

Cut the grass and get rid of weeds. Rats and mice love tall grass and weeds, so getting rid of them can help keep them away from your house. Be sure to clear landscaping debris away from the exterior of your home, including around HVAC units and bushes.

Store items off the ground. If you have any items that you use outside, keep them a few inches off the ground. Firewood, potting soil, and other outdoor materials are inviting to rodents, so keeping them a little higher off the ground means you’re less likely to invite rodents inside. You should also make sure that you keep any outside trash well-sealed in hard materials that rodents cannot chew through.

Replace or repair holes in screens. If you have screen doors or windows, know that rodents can make their way in through holes, even very small ones. Check for holes or damage to any screens around the house, and repair them or replace them as soon as possible.

Seal up any holes indoors. Rodents can enter your house through a hole the size of a dime, so don’t take even the smallest holes for granted. If you see holes around pipes, foundations, or even near cabinets or doors, it’s crucial to caulk or seal them to eliminate any entry points for rodents.

When you see a rodent in or near your house, you can’t just leave it alone and hope it goes away. A pair of rodents can quickly turn into an overwhelming infestation if you’re not vigilant. You can spot some of the telltale signs even if you don’t physically spot a rat or mouse. Listen for the unmistakable sound of scurrying within your walls or in your attic. Look for droppings or evidence of chewing on soft surfaces.

You can put out traps, but you’ll still be responsible for getting rid of a dead rodent — or a live one if you use a live trap. If you have a rodent in your home, why not trust the professionals to get rid of them? At Pest Force, we will not only help rid your home of critters, but we can also advise you on how to prevent them from entering in the future.

Pest Force is a trusted name in pest control of all kinds, and we service commercial and residential clients in Athens, Monroe, Winder, and Loganville. Our friendly and professional staff will take all the steps necessary to make sure your home is rodent-free, all while respecting wildlife and the environment. We’re a local, family-owned business, and we’ll treat you with courtesy and respect no matter what type of critter removal needs you have. Give Pest Force a call at the first sign of rodents and enjoy the peace of mind that our expertise provides.