Atlanta residents depend on the MARTA to get to work and back on time and with few disturbances. On an average day, you might encounter a passenger playing music too loudly or having an annoying conversation, but the last thing you’d expect to see is a rat or mouse hitching a ride on Atlanta’s famous rapid transit system.
Just as the Atlanta Transit Authority has implemented rules that help to keep rats and other pests out of their public transportation systems, every Atlanta homeowner should adopt new habits and check their homes for ways to keep pests out. Time is of the essence as well, as all kinds of pests will begin to thrive in Atlanta in the coming spring and summer months.
Getting rid of rats and mice and keeping them out of your home takes a lot more effort than buying a few traps; these pests have evolved the common glue, snap, and poison traps, so you’ll have to think outside of the box when dealing with these nasty rodents.
Step 1: Exclude
Poisons, traps, and other store-bought rodent control products may eliminate the occasional unlucky rat, but do not solve the problem: these rodents are entering your home, and will continue to do so until they have no way in. Exclusion can be easy; survey the interior and exterior of your home for cracks, open pipes, and other entry points, and seal them. These creatures are particularly crafty and can squeeze into gaps as small as 1 ¼ inch wide.
Step 2: Sanitize
If you haven’t gotten around to your spring cleaning yet, now’s the best time to give your home a fresh start and discourage rats and mice from coming over for a bite to eat. These pests prefer dirty, dark places, so be sure to clean behind and underneath large pieces of furniture and appliances. Reducing clutter like old boxes and other potential hiding places can help you spot signs of a current rat or mouse infestation as well.
Step 3: Change Habits
Rats are sometimes like robbers; they like to case your home first, seeing if it can provide them with adequate shelter, food supply, and access to water. If a rat or mouse likes what they see, they’ll promptly move in and begin to build a nest in between the walls of your home. You can make your home less inviting by ensuring that food is not left out in the open and that the house is kept clean and free of hiding places.
Call in the Professionals
If you’re confident in your cleaning and pest exclusion abilities, you shouldn’t be seeing these nasty little creatures anymore. However, if you were dealing with a serious infestation, a rigorous sweeping and mopping may not remove all of the droppings left behind by rats and mice. If this waste has been introduced to your central air system, you may be breathing in harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory illness and diseases.
If you suspect an infestation of these unwelcome guests in your Atlanta home, your best bet is to give Truly Nolen Atlanta a call; our free pest inspection can confirm the presence of these and other pests, and identify the best way to remove them for good.