Is Pest Control Worth It for Mice?
Exterminators, as the name implies, get rid of pests like mice and rodents. But what precisely do pest control professionals do for mice and other rodents? What happens after an eradication and what steps are taken to control mice? The solution might not be what you expect or what you’re looking for.
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Exterminating mice and rats is nearly always a short-term solution to a far more serious and pervasive issue. A team arrives, looks for evidence of mice and rats, disperses chemical poisons, baits, or traps, then returns just in time to collect the dead animals’ bodies. Some pest control firms expect you to dispose of the deceased rats yourself and don’t come back to pick them up.
Getting rid of mice and other rodents won’t fix the issue
Even if they must dispose of the deceased rats themselves, extermination may be a good option in some people’s eyes. Although it appears that the job has been completed for the most part, the most crucial step in dealing with infestations is preventing them from returning to your home or attic. If this is not done, you may expect to see additional mice or rodents in the very near future.
They’ll keep coming back as long as they can enter your home, and if they inflict access damage, you should anticipate larger creatures like squirrels and raccoons to enter as well.
In addition to the risks associated with extermination outlined above, its brutal nature is the most abhorrent feature. We must question, “Why aren’t you doing it the humane way?” if there is a safe, efficient, and humane way to remove mice or any other type of wildlife from a property.
Then there is the matter of sanitation. The harm and sanitary problems brought on by feces and urine waste are not resolved by killing mice and rats. With elimination, all of this is left behind, along with the dead bodies, to rot out your house.
The smell of decomposing mice and rat carcasses is another issue that the homeowner must deal with, and as many of our clients have informed us over the years, the odor is difficult to get rid of. Are you looking for something like that to get rid of a mouse infestation? Definitely, we didn’t think so.
Through pest control and exclusion, rodents and mice can be stopped in their tracks
The only practical means of preventing a mouse or rat infestation from returning is pest management and exclusion. Every area of the house should be examined, especially those that are known to be particularly vulnerable to invasions by wildlife. You may see why eradication is ineffective by reading the list of ways mice enter homes below:
- holes and cracks in external home walls
- chewing through wood virtually anywhere they seen an opportunity
- gaps and cracks between windows and home structure
- sewer lines and drainage pipes
- underneath doors and in doorframe cracks and gaps
- through weep vents and any kind of un-sealed air vents
- eavestroughs not sealed with drip edge
- brick-soffit gaps
- the list goes on
Extermination is never the superior option because it doesn’t end an infestation and doesn’t halt mice and rats in their tracks. Instead, pest control and exclusion are always the better choices.
A comprehensive assessment for mice and rats, the implementation of effective preventative measures, the elimination of the infestation’s source, and, of course, sanitary cleanup are all included in pest control and exclusion.
The long-term advantages of pest management and exclusion greatly outweigh the short-term consequences of an exterminator’s job, even if you have to spend a little bit more.
Now that you are knowledgeable, all that is left to do is make a choice that will preserve your home’s worth and guarantee your family’s safety.
Mice removal is a difficult task that should only be handled by experts.