People sometimes ask us how to go about hiring a rodent exterminator. Rodent pest control is a bit different than pest control for bugs, so it is best to choose an exterminator that is experienced in dealing with rodents. A rodent exterminator will visit your home, make a thorough inspection, and discuss your options with you. The best option for you will depend on the scope of your problem, whether you have children or pets at home, and your personal preferences.Here are some rodent pest control options:
Conventional Snap Traps
You bait these traps with a sticky food like peanut butter. A heavy gauge steel spring bar snaps closed when the trap is sprung and kills the mouse instantly. These traps are considered fairly humane because, while they do kill the mouse, death is instantaneous. These traps are inexpensive and are available at hardware stores, most grocery stores, and department stores like Walmart, if you want to buy them yourself. Of course, you can also purchase them from a rodent exterminator.
Glue traps contain a sticky substance on a tray or board that trap a rodent walking over the trap. They are considered a less humane rodent pest control option than snap traps because they don’t kill the mouse instantly. Instead, the mouse may starve to death over several days while caught in the trap. Homeowners may dislike these traps because if you find a mouse caught in one and the mouse is still alive, it’s up to you to kill it. However, they are safe to use around children and pets. These traps are also fairly inexpensive and you can find them in most of the same places you can buy snap traps.
Live traps catch the mouse and keep it sealed inside without harming it; therefore they are very humane. You have to check the traps every day so you can free any mice trapped there before they suffer from lack of food or water. If you use live traps, make sure you free the mice some distance from your home. Mice have a range of about 200 yards, so if you just turn then loose in your backyard, chances are they’ll just show up in your house again. These traps are more expensive than snap traps or glue traps, and may be a bit harder to locate. However, you can find a rodent exterminator that uses live traps if you prefer to go that route.
Rodent poison works by affecting the way the mouse’s blood clots, causing internal bleeding and eventual death. Death is painful. You will also be left with dead, poison-contaminated mice around your house, sometimes inside your walls. Rodent poison may be harmful to your pets, if you have them, both when it is applied and if they chew on a dead, poisoned rodent. It may also be difficult to retrieve dead rodents from within your walls, and a rotting rodent can stink up your house for a good long time. For these reasons, while rodent poison is an effective way of killing mice, we recommend you look into other methods of pest control.
It is not always necessary to hire a rodent exterminator. For instance, you may be able to set traps for mice yourself. However, you may find that mice just keep coming back. Mice have collapsible skeletons and can squeeze through holes the size of a pencil, so mouse-proofing your house can be quite a challenge. An exterminator experienced in rodent pest control can help you find the places mice might be getting in and help you seal your house.
Recommended Treatment ProviderWe recommend that you use a licensed professional for your rodent pest control needs. It is true that you can treat some pests in the home on your own, but for rodents 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 that specialize in rodents, and will give a free home evaluation and price quote.
Remember rodents can cause a lot of damage, carry disease, and reproduce very quickly, so be sure to use a professional to get the job done right the first time.