Ridding the Home of Pests

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It's 2 AM in the morning. You are trying to get some sleep before your alarm goes off at 6 am for work. But all you can hear is scratching behind your walls. You wonder if the mice or rats behind the wall are making a nest in your bedroom. And you cannot shut off the thought no matter how hard you try. You just want to crawl out of your skin.
To get rid of the rodents in your home, a person has to be more than persistent. The rodents may have come into the building if the door was left open for long periods of time. They might even get in if the window does not have a screen on it and is left ajar. 
Even if a person is vigilant about closing doors, mice can squeeze through tiny cracks to get into a place. They might be attracted by the warmth in the home. Or maybe they smell the apple pie baking in the oven. But once they are in, the rats or mice will start to make a permanent nest wherever they are the most comfortable. And then they will start to invite their friends and even mate. Then there will be babies that need extermination as well.
One of the best ways to get rid of rodents is to give them nothing to snack on. Make sure that the dishes are always rinsed clean right away after meals. Also, put all food items in impenetrable storage containers. Plastic is not good enough because the mice or rats will chew holes into it to get to the food.
Sometimes, the essential oil of peppermint or fresh peppermint will deter rodents. They do not like that smell so they will not congregate in areas that are highly scented with this smell. So if a person is worried that the rodents will make a nest in the main bedroom or the child's bedroom, concentrate the aroma there. It might not be that pleasant but it is a lot less jarring than scratching behind the walls all night from these nocturnal creatures.
Mice also look for materials to make nests. They like anything that is lying around that doesn't need to be cut up. That might mean debris even like garbage. So be vigilant to take out the trash very regularly and don't leave it lying around at night ever. Also, mice will chew up rags and sheets to make parts of their nests. They will be patient and gather their materials slowly and stealthily. So don't leave anything just lying around the floor if a person has a mouse infestation. Put items away in drawers and do not leave anything on the floor.
When a person has a smaller mouse problem, that person might feel good about leaving some traps around the house. The mice might fall for it, but there is also the chance that they have become proficient at avoiding traps. Sometimes mice or rats will even find ways to lick the trap clean from food items such as peanut butter or taking the cheese without becoming entrapped.
In apartment complexes, the problem should be reported to the landlord. It is good to make a record of every time that one contacts the landlord, such as having them sign a form. This form can be used later in legal evidence if nothing has been done.
It might seem unusual but sometimes people living in the apartment do not want anything done about the problem. They might have newborn babies and not want to risk their baby coming into contact with any poisons. Even though the landlords are evading the law by not helping the pest problem, they might have let it grow so out of control that they do not even know where to begin.
The fact is that only pest control services can truly get rid of pests. Just putting up a trap or giving counseling on higher standards of cleanliness will not stop a true infestation. People always have to eat, so it is likely that a few crumbs will still be in the place to sustain the pests. And the pests might know how to get in and out of the home looking for food. Their first stop might be the garbage outside of the home. So in order to actually eliminate the problem, call pest control services to start getting real solutions.