Rodents can get into Knoxville homes all year long, but during the cold winter days, they have more incentive. As a rodent scurries past an exterior door and senses heat radiating through the door or warm air leaking from a gap in some weatherstripping around the door, it will want to know where that heat is coming from. This can inspire a rodent to chew through the rubber protective barrier and slip right into your home. When they do, you may consider addressing your rodent problem with DIY rodent control methods. Let's talk about some of the methods you might use and discuss some of the ways they fall short of appropriately dealing with a rodent infestation.
Not-So-Great DIY Rodent Control Ideas
We're always being asked questions about natural rodent remedies, such as, "What scent will keep mice away?" "Do mothballs keep mice away?" "Does cinnamon keep mice away?" And, "Do mice like vinegar? All of these questions center on controlling mice and rats with natural products that rodents find repelling. But repelling rodents isn't going to solve a rodent problem. These animals can climb up and down through your wall voids and chew access holes in locations you haven't sprinkled with something repelling. They aren't likely to leave your home, especially if it is cold outside. Repellents are best used for keeping mice and rats from getting into your home in the first place. Some common repellents that can be successful at deterring rodents are: used kitty litter in an open container, peppermint oil, instant potatoes, mothballs, vinegar, and onions.
Another solution people turn to is natural forms of poison, such as mixing Plaster of Paris and cocoa powder together. It is believed that mice will eat this mixture and then leave a home in search of water. When they do, they die outside. Don't count on those rodents to eat this concoction or to go outside to die.
Once rodents have gotten in, the best solution to get rid of them is to trap them. This is another way DIY can fail. There are many traps that just don't work. And if a trap does work, it can become ineffective when placed in the wrong location or when the wrong type of bait is used. There are many ways trapping can go wrong.
Effective DIY Rodent Control Tips
When we provide rodent prevention tips, we focus on environmental modifications to exclude and resist rodents rather than "control" rodents with natural remedies and DIY products. Some examples of natural rodent management are:
- Removing unnecessary clutter and vegetation from landscaping.
- Sealing holes, gaps and cracks in your exterior.
- Addressing conditions that promote moisture or create puddles.
- Putting trash in sealed receptacles.
- Putting foods in sealed, hard plastic containers.
Using rodent management, you can make your Knoxville home less interesting to rodents. But, when it comes to "controlling" rodents, it is best to hire a professional. A rodent control professional uses tamper-resistant traps that are appropriately selected for the animal being trapped and placed in a way that will achieve the desired results. Most of all, a professional is able to monitor rodent activity and make sure that no rodents remain in your home once the service is completed.
Make Sure You Get All The Rodents
The best solution for rodent control in Knoxville is to reach out to the rodent control experts at Russell's Pest Control. Our pest control team knows what is required to monitoring rodent activity and effectively eliminate rodents. Don't trust DIY rodent control to protect your health and property from mice and rats. It just isn't worth it.