How to Rid Your Home of Mice and Rats for Good

How to Rid Your Home of Mice and Rats for Good

Home, office and other types of building can easily become infested with vermin.  Mice and rats are everywhere and getting rid of them is a must, but that isn’t always easy.  If you think for a second that you may have rats or mice then you need to take action to get rid of them before the situation gets out of control.  Let’s look at how to rid your home of mice and rats for good.

Find where they are coming in

The first step to getting rid of them is finding where they are getting into the building and where they have built their nests.  Is this just once mouse you have or are they living throughout your house.  Things you can look for are holes in the baseboards, check out your attic and walls.  If you have an attached garage look there too, it doesn’t take a very big hole for mice to get in.  Are you finding droppings near food sources?  You can follow them back to nests and entry points.  Here is a guide to finding how mice and rats are coming into your home.

Getting rid of them

Many home owners will try and tackle the problem on their own, they will head over to a home improvement store and grab a couple of traps or some poison to take care of the job.  Be careful of the products you buy if you have pets or children in your home and if you have never used rat poison before you may want to leave it be and look at something easier and less dangerous.

There are a variety of traps you can use some will capture the rodents and others will kill.  If you use traps to capture the rodent then make sure you release it far away from your home or you will find them getting right back in your house.  Traps are ideal if you have a small infestation or just one mouse that managed to make it into your home for a larger infestation you’re going to need something else.

Call an exterminator

If you have never dealt with a rodent problem before then you may want to bring in someone who has.  An exterminator knows where to look to find how they are coming in and how to find their nests.  They know how to remove rodents without causing harm to your pets or your family.  They can educate you on how to prevent further infestations in the future.  They can get the job done quickly and effectively.  Mice and rats carry disease you can’t leave the situation untreated hoping it will resolve itself.

Don’t Put Your Health at Risk Call in an Exterminator

Don’t Put Your Health at Risk Call in an Exterminator

When you are a homeowner there are plenty of basic repairs that you can handle completely on your own, you don’t need a professional to fix a leaky faucet.  Pest control is a whole different matter, and if you have an infestation of pests you need a pro to get rid of them.  Over the counter products may kill the bugs that you can see but they won’t get rid of you infestation at the source.  Not to mention many of these products are highly toxic.  Don’t put your health at risk call in an exterminator.   Here are a couple of reasons you can’t handle this project on your own.

Toxic Chemicals

One of the biggest reasons to leave pest control to the professionals is because of the chemicals required to eradicate the pests that you are dealing with.  Not to mention that different pests require different solutions.  You don’t treat termites and bed bugs the same way.  There are tons of different products on the market, some are harmful and others are ineffective.  A trained exterminator knows the difference and can match the right solution to the job at hand.

Pests are Dangerous

Some pests are more dangerous than others, for example rodents can carry the hantavirus which has the potential to be fatal.  Trying to remove a beehive or a wasps nest on your own can also be dangerous, one small mistake and you can be visiting the emergency room.  Exterminators are trained to handle these situations and can remove the pests and make sure they don’t return.

Damage to Your Property

Some pests are really hard to detect like termites, and termites also happen to be one of the most destructive infestations that you can have.  You may think you have gotten rid of them when in fact you have huge colonies living in your home.  A pest control company can find infestations no matter where they hide and eradicate the nests so that they are finally gone for good.  Which leads to the final point.

Gone for Good

DIY pest control is often only a stop gap measure; you only get rid of what you see rather than all of the infestation.  Pest control companies can stop the pests from coming in your home, eradicate the nest and kill any and all live bugs in your home.  Not only that many of them will guarantee their work so you don’t have to worry about them coming back.

Pest control is one of those jobs that you should never try and tackle on your own; you could end up making the situation worse rather than better.