Organizing Unwanted Visitors

Organizing Unwanted VisitorsOnce a person has reached the Moment of Change, the next question is “what’s next?”

Whether it’s the smell, “droppings,” chewed wires and/or nests, rodent activity in your home, garage, boat or car is ick.

This post is about the process of dealing with rodents. I’m not a rodent removal specialist so can’t tell you the actuals steps to get rid of mice, rats, voles and shrews.

Because I have thirty years of experience in homes and other structures as an organizer and forensic custody investigator, I was trained to identify problems and make initial suggestions.

Trying to get rid of rodents before doing research and formulating a plan can be problematic. Surprising rodents without having a capture plan produces fleering, squeaking grey bodies that race for safety. Once they hide, you have to hunt for them. 

Determining the proper steps for rodent elimination can a long process. Be careful when you talk to people and read blogs. Suggested actions may be dangerous, useless, or incorrect for your situation.

Years ago, “If I can’t find it, then I can’t fix it” popped into my head. “It” has many definitions. Here, “it” refers to the what drew the rodent to a structure and how it got inside.

To start fixing your rodent problem, locate how the rodents get into your structure or car.

Rodents are habitual; they return to a place that is protected from people and predators, has nesting materials or is close to them, has food sources and access to the outdoors.

Once you find and block their access with appropriate materials, the rodents may still be inside your home, structure or car. Trapping all of them is important. They have short reproductive cycles, so locate and trap all of them as fast as you can. Remove all nests and evidence activity.

Removing “droppings” is crucial. Doing it in a manner that does not spread or aerosolize them is key. If you hired a rodent removal specialist, that person will have taken training and also have the proper equipment. If you are doing it yourself, get the facts before you start.

If anyone who lives around the area has medical issues, talking to a doctor may be necessary.

If you can’t locate access points, you can’t physically block the holes or openings.

Blogs about rodent trapping and repellent methods are educational. Your particular rodents may or may not respond to essential oils, sprays, plants, dryer sheets, mothballs or other such tools.

Permanently repelling rodents appears to be done by trial and error.

When it appears rodents are no longer entering an area, you may have found the magic formula. Keep the area clear, keep it clean and watch. This fix may be permanent. Or not. Rodent types have different characteristics and preferences. One formula to repel one type may not repel others.

The positive aspect of your invasion is clearing out your stuff in the area. Use this time to purge items no longer used or needed. Clearing out your stuff creates a healthy space.

Healthy spaces increase your wellness. When your space looks, smells and feels great, you change. You grow and shift and make different choices. I’ve seen it many times and have received letters and phone calls from people I’ve worked with.

Karen Hallis, JD, CPC is an organizer and a mediator. She worked for decades as an attorney and now helps clients organize their homes, barns, studios and other structures for wellness and sustainability. She gives workshops on clearing homes in times of change, organizing your estate, fraud prevention and also a new one on increasing your purchasing power. Email Karen – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call her (360) 779-0000 for a complimentary conversation about working together.