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Rat poison is designed to kill rats and control their population. The poison allows homeowners and business owners to exterminate rats and other vermin in the area by targeting them with special bait. Rat poison can be designed to kill with a single feeding, or to lure rats back to feed multiple times and take the tainted bait back to their nest. The three types of bait that are most commonly purchased for non-professional use are bromethalin-based, vitamin-based and anti-coagulants. The type to choose depends on where the poison will be used and how quickly results are needed.
Bromethalin-based poisons are chiefly designed for use outdoors or in commercial applications such as warehouses and plants. Bromethalin is a highly lethal, fast-acting poison that will typically kill rats within a day or two of feeding. This rodenticide attacks the rats’ central nervous system, paralyzing them and causing death. Brands like Fastrac® and Talpirid® use bromethalin as an active ingredient.
Vitamin-based poisons kill rats by overwhelming their systems with vitamin D, which causes them to absorb huge amounts of calcium into their bloodstream. Too much calcium causes things like kidney failure, slowed heartbeat and muscle weakness that eventually end in death. Vitamin-based poisons are found in brands like Ortho® pest control products.
Anti-coagulant poison is designed to eradicate rats by preventing their blood from clotting. Warfarin and brodificoum are two of the many different substances used in these poisons. Rats that eat this bait may not become ill for several days. They bleed internally which causes a relatively slow death. The benefit of this type of rat poison is that the rodents will often return to the bait more than once. This allows them to take food back to their nest, providing more effective pest control. Brands like d-Con® use this method, but it is worth noting that many popular brands often use a combination of two or more poisons in some of their products.
When choosing rat poison, it is important to remember that none of these poisons should ever be within reach of children, pets or wildlife. They are all designed to be lethal. People or pets that ingest anti-coagulant poisons are typically treated with intravenous Vitamin K to counteract the effects. Bromethalin-based and vitamin-based poisons ingested by pets and humans are often harder to treat and can require more drastic measures. Sometimes the effects of rat poison can’t be reversed, even with emergency medical or veterinarian treatment.
Rat poison used indoors should be put in a container that only rats can get into to avoid the poison from being scattered or available to children and pets. Most brands come pre-measured in small boxes or containers that limit access, so no one has to handle the actual poison. These can be placed behind appliances or underneath cabinets. While many products are designed for indoors, the use of poisons inside can sometimes mean that rats will die inside a wall or beneath the floor, which can cause mess and odor. Traps may be a better option for some homes.
Poisons placed outdoors should also be hidden from children, pets and any non-targeted wildlife to avoid accidental poisonings. These also come in access-limited cartons to prevent anything but rodents from reaching the bait. Read labels carefully before using any type of bait to be aware of the ingredients used and the proper steps to take in case of an emergency.
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Just use a baseball-bat! Problem solved. anon958671 June 29, 2014
Don’t want the rat to suffer? Better off your family and neighbors I guess. I just a bought a place and they going nuts ripping they insulation out of my walls. The dogs caught several, so all I need now is a vet bill. Never mind the possible disease or possible lawsuit if some kid gets bit, etc., etc.
If people killed them outright, maybe the billions of dollars in damage they do every year would lessen. bluedolphin October 6, 2013
@fBoyle– If the rats are in your home, I highly recommend getting a trap with bait that will keep the rat enclosed in there. These usually look like a box and mimic the rat’s home. This way, the rat is likely to die inside the container.
If the rat dies somewhere where you can’t get to it, it’s going to cause a terrible stench. turquoise October 6, 2013
@fBoyle– I don’t think that there is any pleasant way to get rid of rats. If you want them gone, you have to accept that.
Rat traps are probably the fastest way to kill rats. My landowner uses them when he suspects an infestation. We don’t have any pets or small children, so it’s not a problem. He puts some peanut butter on the trap and the rats go for it every time.
If you can’t use traps, then definitely go for a rat poison bait. I think that the anti-coagulant ones work faster than you think. They work in a day or two at most and that’s the norm for most rat poisons.
When I was a child, my dad used a pink rat poison but I can’t recall the name. That stuff was so strong! It would kill the rats in less than a day! I don’t even know if that poison is available or legal anymore. It was probably taken off the shelf for being too dangerous. fBoyle 20 minutes ago
Killing rats isn’t exactly ethical, but I find all these vitamin based poisons and poisons with medications a bit too much. Yes, I want to get rid of rats, but I don’t want them to suffer for hours and maybe days before they die. I want something that will work fast and cause them as little pain as possible.
What type of rat poison has these qualities?
This article was co-authored by Chris Parker. Chris Parker is the Founder of Parker Eco Pest Control, a sustainable pest control service based in Seattle. He is a certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator in Washington State and received his BA from the University of Washington in 2012.
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Rats are highly adaptable animals that prefer living near humans for easy access to food and water. In addition to spreading disease, rats are destructive, chewing anything they can find in order to file down their sharp teeth. In fact, up to 25% of fires with undetermined causes are thought to be caused by rats chewing through electrical wires.  X Research source Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to get rid of rats if you’ve seen them in your apartment building.
Founder, Parker Eco Pest Control
Try a trap that resets itself outdoors. Certified pest management professional Chris Parker says: “For outdoor rodent control, I highly recommend an automatic, self-resetting trap, like the A24 by Good Nature. You can kill 24 rodents on a single cartridge without having to attend to it. It’s perfect for placing behind your garbage bins.”
“Put a trap by the communal garbage area, and near any oily marks on the walls, which are left when the rats brush against walls over time.”
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Rats are an animal that can be a real nuisance when they have infested a building, whether that is a commercial or domestic property, and it can take a fair amount of work to get rid of them once they are in. There are of course plenty of variables when it comes to dealing with a pest animal, and the size of the building and the number of rats present can both contribute to how difficult it is to deal with the rats. There are also several different approaches that you can take to solving the problem, but most important of all is that you shouldn’t ignore signs of rats, as they certainly will not go away without intervention.
The Problems With Dealing With A Rat Infestation
There are several challenges that people will face when they are dealing with a rat infestation, and these can all have an impact on how quickly and effectively you can deal with the problem. Rats will usually inhabit the darker and quieter areas of any building, so if these areas are difficult to access, then that can make it more difficult to deal with the infestation. Another issue that can also contribute to how long it will take you to deal with the infestation will be the size of the building, as if the rats are concentrated in a smaller space, they can be easier to remove.
How To Deal With The Rats
The first thing to note is how not to deal with the rats, as many people will still consider using poison, but this causes more problems as you cannot predict where the rats will then die, so this is a method to avoid. Trapping is usually the best method of dealing with these little rodents, and you will need to examine the area around the building for signs of rat activity, as these areas are the best places to put the traps. The simple snap traps will usually be sufficient for this work, and make sure you use a good bait such as peanut butter or marshmallows, which are both successful in attracting rats.
How Long Will It Take?
The truth is that it isn’t particularly straightforward to tell exactly how long it will take to remove all of the rats from a building, and in some cases it will be easier than others. If there are only a small number of rats in the building, then it can often be dealt with within a week or two, but for larger infestations in larger buildings, then it can take significantly longer than this to completely remove the rats. The key if you are carrying out this work is to be persistent, and check your traps regularly so that you are removing any carcasses quickly and getting the trap back in action.
Preventing Future Rat Infestations
Once you have been checking the areas of rat activity without seeing any fresh signs, this will usually be a good indication that you have successfully dealt with the problem. In order to stop future infestations, make sure that you seal any holes that the rats were using to get in and around the building. It is also worth trying to see if there were any particular food sources the rats were using, as trying to remove these attractive features can help to prevent rats from being drawn to the area. It is also worth regularly monitoring the areas where you found traces of rat activity, so that you can act promptly if you see any future signs of rats being present. For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
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Are you hearing the faint sound of tiny feet scurrying across your floor? Finding a petite intruder can be unsettling. Mice are often hard to spot without physical signs left behind as evidence. And, like other pests, they can sneak inside your home without warning.
Mice may not even be living in your home, but rather, passing through to one of your neighbors’ units who might not prioritize a clean space the same way you do. However, seeing or hearing a mouse can lead to something much bigger like an infestation. If mice are becoming an issue, follow our step-by-step guide on getting rid of them for good.
1. Identify if there’s a mouse problem.
Do you think you have nocturnal visitors? If you think mice may be invading your space, here are some signs to look out for:
- Noises. Mice make scratching noises with their feet and squeaking sounds with their mouth. They’re active at night and you’ll be able to hear them through the walls or running across the floor.
- Droppings. Droppings are the most obvious sign of a mouse in the apartment. It’s a good indicator that they’ve already found a source of food. Mouse droppings look like pellets and are about the size of a small paper clip.
- Foul Odor. Do you smell something smelly? Is it a little musky? Well, it’s mouse urine and it will be pungent in the areas they gather most, such as the nesting site.
- Holes in Food Bags. Mice are chewers and holes in bags of food mean you’ve found their food source.
2. Tell your property manager.
Your property manager doesn’t want mice in the apartment just as much as you don’t. He or she may call pest control to come out and take care of the problem for you.
3. Pinpoint their entry points.
You may not know it, but a mouse can gain entry into a home using the smallest of openings – as small as a dime! And just because you live on a higher floor doesn’t mean you’re completely immune to pesky mouse intruders. There are numerous ways that mice can find their way into an apartment, including poorly-sealed windows and doors, gaps in the siding, the plumbing, and the AC/heating system. Once you’ve identified the entry points, call maintenance so they can make the necessary repairs.
4. Start baiting and trapping.
Your property manager or landlord is most likely taking care of this, but if not, there are some things you can do to get rid of mice. Place baits and traps in areas where mice hide, such as under furniture and inside cabinets – basically any areas that are dark and sheltered. The kitchen should be well covered since it’s their biggest food supply. For the best results, place additional baits and traps under the fridge, near the stove, and inside the pantry.
- What is baiting?
Mice baiting is the act of luring rodents with a tasty treat without trapping them. Renters use a bait station that houses rat poison and when ingested, the mouse takes the poison back to the nest and dies. While it may be an effective solution, you’ll need to remove the remains. If you are squeamish, or don’t want to harm the mouse, you’ll want to choose a different solution.
- What is trapping?
Trapping involves enticing the mouse with a treat laid on a designated trap. When activated, the trap keeps the mouse from escaping. There are many traps to choose from, including a snap trap, glue trap, and a humane trap. Your trap preference will likely stem from your comfort level of handling a mouse.
So what are the differences between the traps mentioned above? A snap trap is used with bait (peanut butter or cheese) and snaps closed when the bait is taken. Glue traps contain a sticky adhesive that prevents a mouse from running away. But if these are too much, a humane trap might be the better option. These box traps have a one-way door, and when activated, will shut immediately. It doesn’t hurt them in any way, and you can let the mouse go outside and get on with your day – just release them away from your home, so they can’t find their way back. Whichever method you choose, be sure you’re checking the baits and traps every few hours.
5. Practice prevention techniques.
The best way to keep mice out of your apartment is to take away what they enjoy most. Minimize your chance of an infestation by practicing these prevention techniques in your apartment:
- Keep a Tidy Home. As in pick up your clothes, put away your shoes, and vacuum regularly to reduce their hiding places.
- Patch Holes with Steel Wool. This is only a temporary fix, but mice cannot chew through the material. Placing steel wool inside holes makes it more difficult for them to access your space.
- Place Food in Air-Tight Containers. Mice can (and will) find their way into your cabinets. Non-refrigerated foods, such as rice, crackers, and coffee grounds, should be placed inside air-tight containers so they can’t get to it.
- Take Garbage Out. Keeping the lid closed on your garbage means keeping the rodents away. Taking out the trash regularly will help the garbage from overflowing – something mice are drawn to.
- Wash Dirty Dishes. Dirty dishes piled high in the sink are a great midnight snack for mice. Rinse off your plates immediately after use and put them in the dishwasher.
While it’s not fun to deal with mice in your home, you can take the appropriate steps to resolve the situation and prevent it from happening in the future. Just remember to tell your property manager immediately when the tell-tale signs emerge, as this will help stop them in their tracks. And if it becomes a pressing issue and you’re making numerous calls to the leasing office, you could move out or see what your tenant rights are.
Original article was published on October 7, 2013 and has since been updated.
How to Get Rid of Rats in the Wall – What is one word that strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners and business owners around the country? Rats! And well that it should. Rat infestations are not only difficult to curb, they raise a serious concern for human health and well-being. The mobile nature of rats and their ability to procreate quickly allows easy transport of diseases communicable to humans. Rabies—a very real threat—is often associated with small mammals in both urban and rural settings. Even if you are largely unconcerned with the disease factor surrounding these pesky rodents, the destruction and distraction they cause to a home or office warrant pest removal.
Time to pack up and move? Goodness no! While it is true that rats in the walls of a home are likely to chew through cables, ducts and supports, and rats in a restaurant kitchen are enough to nauseate even the toughest patron, many options exist to help eliminate a rat infestation before it becomes problematic.
Before you call a professional, it’s time to put on your detective hat. If you have seen one of the offending rodents, try to identify it. Knowing what species you are dealing with sometimes aids in detecting where they are entering the home or where their ideal nesting location might be. Sounds are often indicative of where rats choose to frequent. Household walls are favorite by-ways for these creatures, and you can often detect scratching and gnawing within certain areas of the home. Rats in the wall pose a serious concern because of the potential for damage to cables, electrical wires, heating elements, and ducts. While you may be able to see the unsightly entry hole gnawed into your drywall, you are not able to see the destruction going on behind your insulation.
Cleaning up any enticements for rats around the home or business will also help your cause. Rats are opportunistic creatures and will live near humans in order to consume food waste. Garbage should be contained in sealable bins and removed every few days to prevent the lure of odors. Unnecessary piles of debris around the home should be removed to eliminate possible nesting sites. Once the premise is clean, the hunt can begin.
The journey of getting a rat out of the wall begins with finding how the rat got inside in the first place. It is very important to locate the entry portal if you ever want your rat problem to go away. Rats are very ingenious when it comes to getting into structures, so it will help to arm yourself with a little knowledge about rat behavior. For example, active routes for these pests will be characterized by feces, urine stains, gnaw marks, and often greasy residue left from the hair coat.
You’ve located them, now it is time to buckle down and trap rats. Traps are available in all shapes and sizes, but remember: even though rats are pests and pose a significant health hazard, there is no reason to make them suffer unduly. Lethal traps exist that are designed to kill a rat quickly and efficiently. Live traps are also available, but pose some dilemmas of their own. A live rat must be removed from the immediate area completely. If you release the captured rat too close to the household the animal will come right back. Because of the impressive mental recall abilities of these rodents, it may be best to use a humane, lethal trap to remove rats. Place traps near acknowledged entry portals, passages, and nesting sites. Be sure to place the trap in an area children and pets cannot easily get to.
Now that you have learned how to remove rats from your walls and home, you have to learn the importance of cleaning up afterward. Aside from the sanitation risks of leaving rat urine and feces in a home or business, the scent emanating off these leftovers will eventually summon more rats to your location.
When all is said and done, if you still have rats and are at your wit’s end, call in a professional.
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I wrote this website to provide information on How to Get Rid of Rats in the Walls in the case that you have a rat problem and need to make an informed decision about what to do. If you have any questions you may email me, but I do know from experience that rat removal is not simple. If you need professional help solving your wildlife conflict, I recommend that you talk to a professional rat control expert in your town by clicking on my National Wildlife Control directory, which lists experts who I recommend in every USA city and town who can help you with your rat issue in the Walls.
How to I get rats out of my house walls – If you mean walls, there are ways you can get rats out of them. There is no place in a home that is impossible to work around when it comes to rodent removal. Some areas are much more difficult than others, and some buildings are not as easily patrolled. Apartment buildings are one such structure that requires the assistance of a professional to remove rats. Rats in the walls of an apartment building will not be able to be removed by the individual tenants. In a home, however, rats can be managed with a little detective work. The rats may be in your walls some of the time, but chances are that the rodents are sneaking out through other places in the home. Look in the spaces that are not used by the humans in the building. Attics, crawlspaces, basements, and spare rooms are all areas that a rat may be utilizing. You will know a rat has been around if there are droppings or chew marks. Areas where these outward signs have been noticed are the areas where you want to set your traps. Traps should be baited and set in multiple locations. Snap traps are the most cost effective and efficient means to get the job done.
UPPER WEST SIDE — Rats plague everything from restaurants and playgrounds to apartment buildings and mom-and-pop shops.
In some neighborhoods, residents and leaders say infestations have reached a breaking point, with rats roaming nightly.
At a recent meeting on the Upper West Side, City Councilman Mark Levine characterized the neighborhood’s rat problem as “an epidemic.”
“It affects our health, our safety and we must tackle it,” he said.
DNAinfo New York has put together a guide to fighting back (because cats can’t do it alone):
1. Organize Your Block and Get the Attention of the “Rat Czar”
Melissa Elstein decided she wouldn’t let her block get overrun by rats anymore.
“I realized that we had rats in the tree wells, the alleys… the cars, the planters… dead rats, live rats, rat feces,” she recounted of her block in Manhattan’s West 80s.
Elstein went door to door and got her neighbors signed up and committed to combating the infestation and attend a meeting on the problem.
“We didn’t know how many people were going to show up,” she recalled. “There was a huge crowd.”
In May, with a critical mass enlisted, Elstein contacted Caroline Bragdon, a research scientist from the city’s Department of Health, known affectionately as the “rat czar.”
Bragdon agreed to come do a walk-through along with neighbors, pointing out where she saw rat nests and possible food sources.
Part of her expertise is in confirming a rat problem exists including noting gnaw marks, greasy track marks from where they slink along walls and burrow holes.
Bragdon will also point out where improper garbage storage is happening — rats will eat dinner scraps and only need an ounce of food and water a day to survive — as well as any other potential human food access points. She’ll also share how to block rats’ entryways and destroy their nests and burrows.
According to Bragdon, ” rats need to live 100 to 400 feet from their food source,” so both the nests and the food source have to be eliminated.
Bragdon returned for a follow-up to see whether issues were handled and now returns on a monthly basis, Elstein said.
“We’ve already seen huge improvements,” Elstein said.
It’s this kind of dogged attention that gets results, said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.
“You actually just have to find a block association and go door to door,” she said. “There’s no other way to do it.”
2. Get Your Super and Building’s Staff to Attend a “Rat Academy” — or Attend One Yourself
The city hosts half-day trainings that cover all the basics and best practices of pest management — and they’re free.
Hosted by the Department of Health, the trainings are geared towards teaching homeowners, building staff and residents how to combat rat infestations using a variety of strategies.
Plus, participants get a free rat-resistant trash can.
If you and your neighbors want to attend, just gather a minimum of 20 people and ask the DOH to host one for you. Or, you can join an academy that’s already scheduled.
Those interested in a deeper dive into rat management can attend a free three-day course, complete with homework and field trips, also free and sponsored by the city.
To sign up for either option, send an email to [email protected] or call 311.
3. Go Crazy with Pamphlets
If you can’t get your super to the academy, you can contact the Department of Health and ask them to send you free pamphlets that cover best practices for rat eradication. Getting rid of rats involves much more than one might assume, and education is an important first step, experts said.
в–є Rats can survive on food grease alone, so clean up grease with a bleach-and-water solution.
в–є Rats can get inside a space the size of a quarter, so sealing up holes outside the property is essential.
в–є Ivy and overgrown brush create ideal conditions for rats to dig under them and create burrows in the ground.
For more information or to get the official city pamphlet, go here.
4. Enroll in the City’s Composting Program
If you can’t get your building to use metal trash cans with tight-fitting lids or to at least put garbage out closer to the actual pickup time, removing the organic waste — such as uneaten meat, stale bread, coffee grounds, banana peels or any leftover food — is a good solution, Bragdon said.
Within the past 12 months, the Department of Sanitation launched a pilot program for organics collection in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. In addition, public schools and nonprofit organizations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens have participated.
Participants separate organic waste and put it in sealed plastic bins for separate pickup by the Department of Sanitation.
Suddenly, hungry rats are robbed of their usual food source.
“It really is a solution,” Bragdon said.
Check whether your building is within a pilot area here or is near a school. And as of this fall, all schools will participate in the organics collection program, meaning buildings close to schools could be added to the route.
Go here and click on “inquiry form” to get the process started.
The department will next meet with the building and work through setting up a plan before adding a start date.
” To date, we have had the best success in buildings where there is an enthusiastic ‘champion’ (could be a resident, a board member, a super), and cooperative building management that ensures the support of building staff,” Department of Sanitation spokesman Keith Mell is wrote in an email.
5. Skip the Gimmicky Gear and Fumigation
Any garbage bag that says it’s “rat proof” is bogus and will only slow down your efforts, Bragdon said.
Additionally, fumigation is a technique the Department of Health frowns upon because of its adverse effects on humans. Plus, it won’t solve the root of the problem, which is getting rid of the food source drawing rats in the first place.
6. Know What You’re Up Against and the Status of Complaints
You can use the map below to locate the worst rat infestations in the city.
To see what action the DOH has taken regarding a rat complaint, click here to search by block. The “rat portal” can help guide whether a new 311 complaint needs to be made, Bragdon said.
“The inspection is only as good as the inspector on that day and time,” she explained. “If you feel we’re really missing the boat, which sometimes we do, let your community board and elected officials know.”
Insects and rodents can contaminate food, damage homes and make asthma and allergies worse. The chemicals used to get rid of pests can also cause health problems. Pesticides can cling to carpets, furniture, and other surfaces in your home and are dangerous to people and pets if not properly used.
Safe pest control is a team effort and everyone has a role to play. Just like building owners have a duty to properly maintain property, residents are responsible for keeping their living spaces clean and reporting building maintenance problems to owners or managers.
If you are a property owner or maintenance worker looking for pest control guidance, visit Pest Control Information for Building Owners, Managers, Supers and Workers.
How to Control Pests Safely
To get rid of pests and keep them from coming back, you need to deprive them of everything they need to survive: food, water, shelter, and ways to get around.
- Report pests and conditions that attract pests – such as water leaks, cracks and holes in walls or floors, and clutter in common areas – to your property manager right away and request they be fixed.
- If your landlord or property manager does not fix these conditions in a timely manner, call 311 or visit NYC 311 to file a landlord maintenance complaint.
- Keep garbage in sealed bags or containers and remove from your home every day
- Store food in sealed containers.
- If your neighbor is not maintaining their yard or other property and there are conditions that may cause rodent infestations on their property, call 311 or visit NYC 311 to file a rodent complaint.
- See Pest Management Tips for Building Residents (PDF) for more information.
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- Pesticides should only be used in a safe manner by licensed pest control professionals.
- Never use foggers, bombs, or illegal pesticides such as Chinese/Roach Chalk, Tres Pasitos or Tempo. These chemicals are dangerous and can easily land in places where people cook, eat and play.
- Never use pesticides that do not have a manufacturer’s label.
Health Effects from Pesticides
Short-term exposure to pesticides may result in:
- Eye, throat and nose irritation
Long-term, ongoing exposure to pesticides may result in increased cancer risk and other serious health problems.
Pests and Asthma
Pests such as cockroaches and mice are far too common in many NYC households, especially in low-income neighborhoods with poorly maintained housing. In some neighborhoods, over 50% of households report seeing cockroaches every day and mice within the last 3 months. Cockroach and mouse body parts and droppings affect indoor air quality and can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks in some children and adults. In NYC, asthma affects over 1 million New Yorkers.
Apartment buildings make ideal shelters for pests seeking warmth and food. No matter the size of your apartment, pests can easily find their way in and cause a disturbance.
Here are the five pests that are particularly common around this time of year, as well as a few helpful tips for getting rid of them:
Ants are the most common pests you’ll find in apartments. Given their wide range of species, ants can be found almost everywhere. More often than not, you’ll find them indoors looking for food containers or crumbs left unattended. They often use pheromone trails and follow each other to these food sources.
In terms of their shape and size, ants are tiny insects that can be difficult to spot. For instance, you might not notice one or two ants on your kitchen floor. It’s much easier to identify a whole line of them heading to a bowl of pet food or a sugar spill.
Cockroaches are very common in apartments. In most cases, they thrive in urban centers where they have easy access to underground tunnels and plenty of apartment buildings. Without proper prevention methods, cockroaches can be quite a nuisance.
One of the most common species of these pests is the German cockroach. These have a unique pair of brown stripes running the length of their wings and mostly thrive in warm temperatures, with cold weather proving to be problematic for them. For that reason, the summer is usually when your apartment is at the highest risk of cockroach invasions.
Indian Meal Moths
These are also some of the most common apartment pests, mainly going after your stored food products. If left alone, these insects can cause a lot of damage in the apartment, mostly because they leave larvae that can contaminate several pounds of dry food like cereal and flour all at once. When the eggs mature and hatch, the larvae consume the food and emerge as adults. This cycle continues until the stored food is fully contaminated.
An Indian meal moth infestation can spread quickly and cause significant damage. Keep in mind that moths are structurally tiny and can hide in even the smallest of places. One way you can manage these pests is by thoroughly cleaning every crevice and crack in your jars, cans, and pots, discarding any infected food as you go.
Rats and mice are some of the most unpleasant pests found in apartments. They’re noisy, fast, and bigger than most insects. Even worse, rodents can spread disease and cause damage to your furniture and walls. They’re especially good at chewing through hard materials, but these pests can also contaminate food by chewing through plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Some common places rodents tend to hide include under furniture, behind refrigerators, and inside cabinets, among other dark places.
Spiders are found in apartments and homes all over the world. And though they’re certainly terrifying, they actually cause a lot less apartment damage compared to the other critters mentioned in this article. Even though spiders can bite, and a few of them are poisonous, most spiders are harmless. In fact, most spiders tend to stay away from humans to protect themselves — that’s why you’ll usually find them cluttered high up in walls where you can’t easily reach them.
Spiders use their webs to catch prey, which means they’re more likely to live near an apartment’s entrance points. Of course, since they feed on other pests to survive, they also tend to help curb your home’s overall pest population. Still, having them wandering around your apartment isn’t exactly a good idea, and you should always take the necessary steps to get rid of them.
Tips for Getting Rid of Pests
There are several ways you can get rid of pests, but we’ve found these methods to be the most effective:
One way you can get rid of pests is by using insecticides. Simply apply the appropriate one in areas where pests tend to hide. These areas include under furniture, behind the refrigerator, in dark corners, and even up in the attic.
Keep Your Floors Clean
No matter what kind of floor you have, you should always sweep, vacuum, or mop it as regularly as possible. The dust and crumbs that accumulate here quickly spread to the rest of your home, drawing all sorts of pests in from the outside.
Seal Food Tightly
The way you store food will go a long way towards controlling pests like the Indian meal moth. Avoid purchasing food with damaged or dusty packaging. Furthermore, you should store dry foods in metal or glass containers that seal tightly. This will help keep pests out and save your food from potential infestation.
Get Rid of Clutter
The dust accumulated in cluttered parts of your home attracts rodents and insects like nothing else. That’s why we can’t stress enough how important it is to eliminate any dirt in your apartment and ensure it’s always clean.
Pests can be a nuisance to any apartment dweller. Being able to successfully deal with these tiny creatures before they spread will save you both time and money down the road. Maintaining high standards of cleanliness and keeping your food in tightly-sealed containers are just a couple easy ways to make sure pests never come inside in the first place.