How To Get Rid Of Rodents Living Under Your Mobile Home
While they may be cute in storybooks or TV cartoons, rodents are not good to have around under your mobile home. In the real world, over 35 different diseases can be spread by rats and mice. These diseases are spread through coming in contact with the rodents themselves, their feces, urine, saliva, or being bit by them. There are also indirect ways for their diseases to spread. After they feed on an infected rodent, ticks, mites, or fleas can be carriers of the rodent’s diseases.
On that note, it’s important for your family’s health and safety that you get rid of them from underneath your mobile home. A rodent infestation poses a threat to you, your kids, and your pets.
How to get rid of rodents living under your mobile home
Whatever you do, don’t get into a panic. Chasing off the rodents that reside underneath your mobile home isn’t going to be too big of a challenge. But it is something to be taken seriously.
If you hear the sound of rat or mouse activity underneath the house, it can be pretty annoying. Poke around underneath the mobile home for droppings. Look for nests or evidence of gnawing. All this points to the evidence of rodents living underneath your mobile home.
Let’s look at a few different ways you can chase off and keep the mice away.
Chase them away with diatomaceous earth
Diatomaceous earth is a white powder, made from the skeletons of microscopic water-dwelling organisms. These organisms live in rivers, streams, lakes, and other bodies of water. They’re called diatoms.
Because of its high absorbency, combining diatomaceous earth with essential oils is a great way to repel rodents. These critters can’t stand the smell of peppermint or lemon citrus essential oils. Combined with diatomaceous earth, you’ve created a rodent repellent that’s natural and safe for humans.
Another winning point to this method of getting rid of rats is not having to deal with or come in contact with disease-carrying rodents.
Here’s an affordable method of getting rid of rodents. If you have a rat or mouse problem, you can buy some traps at your local home improvement store. Many grocery stores carry these too in the pest control aisle.
Adding cheese or bits of bacon to the trap will lure them into the trap. A tiny lever will cause the trap to snap over the rodent, killing it.
This is not an ideal method for dealing with these pests, although it is popular for many homeowners. Unfortunately, you’ll have to grapple with disposing of the rodent’s body.
Alternatively, you may find rat poison useful in eradicating these pests.
This method can be dangerous if pets or children crawl underneath your mobile home and come in contact with and eat the poison.
Additionally, the mice may die underneath your home and you may not notice until you smell a foul odor from the decomposing body. They may die elsewhere in your yard or around your home. You’ll have to sniff out the body and dispose of it safely.
Another concern would be your pet ingesting the poisoned rodent body.
Thankfully, there is a myriad of options online for live mouse traps. There are steel cages or plastic traps available. We suggest baiting the live trap to lure in the rodent deep enough into the trap to trigger the trap door’s closing.
With a live mouse trap, you can physically remove the rodent from your home. This could be a bit of a risk to the homeowner if he or she is not careful. One could get bit or fail in removing the rodent to the proper locations.
Next up on our list of options to get rid of rodents is the use of mothballs. Mothballs are an easy method of mouse repellent. They’re cheap and you can easily scatter them around underneath your mobile home.
On the downside, mothballs are toxic and dangerous to pets and children who may decide to eat or chew on them. Outdoors, you’ll have to worry about rain or wind dissolving the mothballs.
Professional rodent exterminators
If you’re rather apprehensive about getting rid of rodents on your own, hiring professionals to deal with your rodent problems is recommended. They’ll know exactly how to safely and quickly remove the pests from underneath your mobile home.
Prevention is better than cure
As a final bit of advice, we suggest sealing the area underneath your mobile home. For areas where you need ventilation, mesh wire screening is an excellent option.
Say goodbye to rodents!
We hope these options are helpful in dealing with your rodent problem. The sooner you get rid of them, the better it is for you and your home.
Pests underneath your home can be annoying, but it’s not just the underside of your mobile home that may need some attention. We have some advice for dealing with the pests that reside in your attic, a possible haven for pests such as bats.