Coming across a rat or mouse in your residence can be very disturbing. Rodents don't only nibble on clothes and documents, they can also cause damage to your furniture and anything else they gnaw at. 

Furthermore, rodents reproduce quickly, so if you fail to address the problem fast, you could be dealing with a full-blown infestation. Many homeowners tend to take matters into their own hands before calling rodent control services. Here are some DIY rodent control mistakes you should look out for.

Placing Traps in the Wrong Place

One common DIY rodent control mistake is the wrong placement of traps. You shouldn't place mouse traps in the middle of the room. Rats and mice don't like passing through visible or obvious places.

In many cases, they scurry along tight spaces and walls. They also use their usual path even when there is a shortcut to their nests. The ideal place to set your trap is perpendicular to the wall. The bait side should face the wall. Alternatively, place the trap where there are signs of rodents' presence, such as droppings or trails.

Mistakes with Bait

Another common rodent control mistake is not using the right bait. As a rule of thumb, use foods that mice crave the most. Rodents are fond of nuts and seeds. Therefore, hazelnut and peanut butter spreads will draw them to your traps. During winter, rodents are more drawn to materials that will help them build nests like dental floss and cotton balls.

The other mistake people make with bait is overloading the trap. Use a pea-sized amount of bait. Loading the trap with excess amounts of bait will cause it to malfunction.

Not Being Proactive

Many homeowners tend to be very busy such that they don't notice they have a rodent problem. Some even ignore the signs of rodent presence like gnaw marks and droppings. Considering that rodents reproduce at a high rate, ignoring their presence can lead to high costs in the long run.

Preventative rodent control is essential if you don't want to deal with a full-blown infestation. Therefore, try and address even remote signs by cleaning food remains clearing bushes and overgrown lawns, and avoiding moisture and stagnant water around your home. 

The sooner you notice droppings and other signs of rodents, the better; therefore, cleaning all the corners and crevices in your home regularly can help you detect and eradicate rodents sooner than later. Ultimately, being proactive instead of reactive will save you time and money.

Contact a rodent control service for more information.