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Living near the beach can seem like a blissful life, but it does present some drawbacks. One of these is that the water attracts more than swimmers and surfers or those up for a good game of volleyball. Rodents also love the water.

Homes near the water in West Palm Beach sometimes have rodent infestations that should be handled by a licensed rodent exterminator. Rodents are rather intelligent animals. Knowledge of their habits, needs, abilities and even biology can help remove them, and then keep them from returning. Many people believe that setting out a few traps is an effective solution.

Ensuring that rats and mice do not return to your home after they have been exterminated can be an ongoing task. A few traps here and there are sure to catch a few of these invaders, but removing the animal presents additional risks. A trap’s snapping noise when a rat or mouse has fallen victim to one is not always audible, and checking on a regular basis can become bothersome. The intensiveness of being vigilant in effectively exterminating a rodent problem can be exhausting, which is where DIY efforts often fail.

Snap traps are designed to be used over and over again. The ability to do this is entirely dependent on removing the animal caught by the trap first, then replacing the bait, resetting the trap, and finally placing the trap again to catch another rodent. Snap traps should be laid only where pets, children, and others in the household cannot come into contact with them. Accidental contact, which can happen because of curiosity or during a search for something that rolled under furniture or behind a bookshelf, is best avoided.

A professional rodent exterminator knows which schedules work best in laying out traps, where to lay which kinds of traps, and has experience in the ‘dirty work’ involved. Bait traps involve poison that blocks the clotting mechanism of the blood. These traps are placed only outside of the home, but always in locations that are not accessible by non-rodents. After eating the bait in these traps, rodents often leave the area to seek something to drink, but die before they can return to your home again.

The young of mother rodents who ingest the bait and then die also die from starvation. These and any other dead rodents, along with their nesting materials, droppings, urine, and other debris should be cleaned up and removed. The area should then be sanitized, and if necessary, deodorized, also.

Rodents use various materials to create their nests, and these materials often include insulation. If we discover that your insulation has been contaminated, replacement of the contaminated material is called for. The exterior of your home and lawn may need modifications to block access to your roof, basement, doorways, and vents to keep rodents from re-entering after they have left. We are experts at seeing your home the way a rodent would, and we know how to make a home look much less inviting to these disease-carrying pests.

Eradicating rodents can be an ongoing process. Along with experience, we also have determination, persistence, and patience. We can get your home rodent-free and keep it that way. Call us, Shoreline Environmental Pest Solutions at (561) 907-8629, so we can set up an appointment for a consultation at your home.