Rodent populations grow very quickly so time is of the essence. It is best to target them when populations are small before it becomes a full-blown infestation. A successful and effective rodent control strategy typically involves sanitation measures, rodent proofing (exclusion), and population reduction (trapping).
When Truly Nolen services your rodent infestation, we approach it in a way that ensures the quickest possible results. We understand each home is unique and our professionally trained technicians will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, identifying any signs of rodent activity and potential entry points, taking the time to understand your individual needs. At the end of the inspection, your pest control professional will develop a customized plan to address your specific rodent problem.
It does not take a very big hole for a pest to gain entry into your home. Rodents are capable of squeezing through holes that appear to be much too small for them - mice can enter a home through a hole as small as a dime; rats can enter through a hole as small as a quarter. The most successful and permanent form of rodent control is to limit shelter and prevent rodents from entering your home. In the exclusionary phase of the program your Truly Nolen expert technician "rodent proofs" your home.
Truly Nolen will inspect your home to find any rodent entry points – such as any holes, crevices, or gaps that are larger than 1/4 inch through which rodents could use to enter your home - and seal them. By removing the places rodents have to find shelter and rest, hide, or build nests and rear young, they cannot survive in large numbers. Wood piles and other rodent shelter sites such overgrown weedy areas should also be eliminated.
When a rodent infestation already exists, some form of population reduction (e.g., trapping) is typically necessary to help control the rodent population already inside the home. Many factors, especially placement, account for the overall success. Rats are very leery of anything new in their environment and will avoid a freshly placed trap so this process could take a few days or up to a few weeks. The technician will routinely check and promptly remove the rodents as they are trapped. By not relying on inherently hazardous poisons, we can make sure rodents are disposed of properly, and avoid any unpleasant odors.
The most effective rodent control begins with prevention. Trash should be disposed of properly, and sanitary conditions should be impeccably maintained. Rodents can survive in small areas with limited amounts of food and shelter. So no matter how clean, all places where food is stored should be made rodent-proof as a preventative measure by keeping food tightly sealed in metal or glass containers. Both human and pet food is an incentive for rodents. Cardboard boxes are attractive to rodents, as they chew them up for use in their nests. Our Truly Nolen pest control professional will provide you with detailed recommendations to remove objects which attract rodents.
The technician will also provide a thorough pest control treatment to eradicate vectors commonly living with rodents such as fleas, mites, roaches, and other feasting insects.
An ongoing monitoring program ensures any exclusionary measures remain intact for the long-term. We will regularly monitor your home to ensure the rodent prevention plan is effectively working, making any necessary adjustments. We will consult with you and provide education on ways to prevent future rodent infestations. Our goal is to deliver a long-term rodent-free environment and to provide 100% customer satisfaction.
Even when rodents and associated insects have been eliminated, it may be necessary to sanitize your property as there may have been long term contamination left behind by rodent feces and urine. Your Truly Nolen technician will apply a sanitizing agent to all affected surfaces in order to eliminate the diseases associated with the rodent's by-products.
Removal of rodent droppings is a serious business, so Truly Nolen uses a HEPA vacuum system to prevent dried fecal matter from becoming airborne. Removal of soiled insulation may also be necessary as part of the sanitation portion of the program. Your technician will discuss the rodent sanitation plan best suited for your particular needs.