Mice and rats are a common pest problem throughout the U.S., but not necessarily one that prompts homeowners to take action. Perhaps it’s because rodents seem harmless or maybe the cost of rodent control (performed by trained professionals) seems too steep. Unfortunately, misinformation can lead homeowners down the wrong path and what may start out as a single mouse in the house can turn into a full-blown infestation of rodents. If you’ve discovered a rodent problem in or around your home and you’re not quite sure what to do, our pest control team has put together three things every homeowner should know about rodent control.
Your Health Is Better Protected When A Rodent Control Plan Is In Place
You may not realize it, but rodents can be a serious health risk to people, exposing both humans to disease and other pest problems. There are several diseases transmitted directly to humans by rodents, including:
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Rat-Bite Fever
Directly transmitted diseases are not the only threat posed by rodents. These pests also introduce ticks and fleas that have the ability to spread disease. When you have a rodent control plan in place by a pest control company, you can stop stressing about these potentially dangerous pests. Trained professionals have the tools necessary to eliminate rodents and stop the spread of disease.
Professional Rodent Control Stops Mice & Rat Infestations At The Source
The natural reaction for many homeowners who find mouse droppings on the counter or evidence of infestation elsewhere in their home is to buy as many traps as possible and set them up all over the house. The reason this strategy fails is because rodents are particular about where they hide and where they travel. In fact, most stay close to walls to avoid detection and will not travel to the center of the room to check out the bait.
Another reason mouse and rat traps fail is because they do not address the source of the infestation. It’s like putting a bandage on a cut after it has been infected. In order to completely eliminate rodent infestations, you must dig deeper to the source of the problem.
Licensed pest control technicians are well-versed in rodent behavior, know all the hiding spots, what’s attracting them, and can pinpoint exactly how and where these pests are getting in. Once they’ve evaluated the situation, they can develop a rodent control plan that is specific to the needs of the homeowner.
There Are Humane Rodent Control Solutions Available
If you’re concerned that rodent control may be barbaric, rest assured there are humane options available. A simple conversation with your rodent control professional can put your mind at ease.
If your home has been infested by mice or rats, if left unaddressed, the problem will not go away but only worsen (rodents reproduce quickly) and then you’ll have a more serious problem on your hands.
For more information on how Pest Solutions Termite & Pest Control can help you with your rodent control issue, please contact us.
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