Should you try it on your own?
People often ask us if it’s really necessary to hire a mouse exterminator or if they can handle their mouse pest control needs on their own. After all, you can buy mouse traps at any hardware store, right?Well, you can, but when dealing with pest control mice can be tricky. The thing is, mice have collapsible skeletons, so they can sneak into your house through openings as small around as a pencil. In addition to helping you remove mice from your home, a mouse exterminator can help you figure out how the mice are getting in and seal up your house to prevent their return.
How Does Mouse Pest Control Work?
In addition to sealing up the house to prevent mice from getting in, a mouse exterminator has several techniques to choose from. The best method for treating your mice will depend on the scope of your problem, whether or not you have small children or pets in the house, and your personal preferences.
Most often with pest control mice are caught in traps. There are several different types of traps that can be used.
First, there are the traditional snap traps in which triggering the trap releases a heavy gauge steel spring bar that instantly kills the mouse. Many people consider these traps to be fairly humane since the mouse is killed instantly.
There are glue traps, which consist of a sticky substance spread on a board or tray. These traps are considered less humane, since the mouse doesn’t die right away but may be left to starve to death over several days. However, these traps are safe to use around children or pets.
There are live traps, which as the name implies, trap the mouse alive. These are the most humane traps available. If you use live traps, make sure to take the trap some distance from your house to release the mouse. Mice have a range of about 200 yards, so if you just release it in your backyard, chances are it will show up in your house again.
You can have a mouse exterminator apply poison that will kill the mice in your house, but you have to be very careful with that. For one thing, the rodent poison can be harmful to small children and pets. For another thing, mice will often ingest the poison and then crawl into your walls to die. Obviously you don’t want dead mice between your walls – your house will stink something awful! If you are considering the use of poison as a method of mouse pest control, talk to the exterminator about how the dead mice will be removed from the house.
Ultrasonic Pest Control Devices
These are devices that emit ultra-high frequency sound waves that are inaudible to humans but can be heard by rodents. The idea is that the sound will be so disturbing to mice, they will steer clear of the area in which the devices are being used. However, studies have not shown this to be an effective form of mouse pest control. Simply put, mice don’t really seem that disturbed by the sound. We recommend you save your money and investigate other methods of pest control. Instead, we recommend you contact a reputable exterminator and discuss other options.
Recommended Treatment ProviderWe recommend that you use a licensed professional for your mouse pest control needs. It is true that you can treat some pests in the home on your own, but for mice you’ll need a professional in order to get the job done right. You can follow this link to get a selection of prequalified local pest control companies who specialize in mice, and will give a free home evaluation and price quote.
Remember mice reproduce very quickly, so you need an experienced mouse exterminator to get the job done right the first time.