If you have spotted some mice or rats running loose in your home, the first instinct you might have is to check your cupboards. Since mice and rats will go after nearly any kind of food that is easily accessible, anything that is not in refrigerator is fair game. If you call in a rodent control expert, you will also want to keep your pantry goods safe and free of the poisons used to kill the rodents. Here are some tips to help you keep your non-refrigerated food away from the rodents and then away from the pest control poisons.
Throw Out Everything That Looks Gnawed, Nibbled or Was Found Near Rodent Feces
Every piece of fruit, every cereal box and every cardboard container with food inside should be very closely examined for biting and chewing marks. Even if you do not see any teeth marks on the food, boxes or containers, look inside. Mice are quite adept at getting into things without much effort. Rats are so large they will either knock something over to get into it or just chew their way straight through. Additionally, if you see any feces near your foodstuffs, throw the food stuffs out. Rat feces especially contains toxins that can kill.
New Food Needs to Be Placed In Tight, Hard Plastic Containers
Rodents will chew through just about anything, but if you make it harder for them to chew through it or harder to smell what you have stored inside, they are less likely to try. There are many good, thick-walled, hard plastic food containers with resealable vacuum lids on the market today. Buy a bunch of these, as you can use them to store pantry goods and fruits. Then continue to use them to protect against the chemicals the pest control expert will use to spray around the places the rodents like to hide and frequent.
Take All Protected and Sealed Food out of the Cupboards on Pest Control Day
On the day that the pest/rodent control experts arrive (like those from Eagle Pest Eliminators or similar locations), be sure to remove all of the sealed and stored foods from the counters and pantries prior to their arrival. There is less of a chance of contamination and food poisoning if the sealed containers are not even in the cupboards or on the counters during the treatment. Then you can put the sealed containers back again. Later, before you remove the lids from these containers to eat or use the food, be sure to gently wipe the lids and the exterior parts of the containers with a warm soapy cloth so that any toxin residue does not come into contact with your fingers and hands, and then enter your body via your mouth.