People can’t seem to get enough of DIY these days. They love the TV shows, web sites, and tutorials. It can be very satisfying to accomplish a task on your own, whether it’s painting a bedroom, doing household repairs, or refinishing an antique. The DIY obsession even extends to rodent control.
But is it a good idea to try to do rodent control on your own?
For rodent control issues around your home, we recommended that you consult a rodent control professional. Continue reading for some information about how infestations affect your home, and reasons why you should trust the treatment to professionals.
Rodents Can Do a Lot of Damage
There are many types of rodents that can invade your home and cause damage to your property, and each species will do different kinds of damage.
Mice and rats can chew through wood, furniture, and insulation. They can chew through electrical wires, which can be a serious fire hazard. They are also able to get into sealed food containers, and can contaminate your kitchen and home by leaving urine and droppings in their wake.
DIY Rodent Control is Not Effective Enough
Under ideal conditions, it is possible for DIY rodent control to be effective. But there are factors that could negate your efforts, such as:
- You could have more than one species of rodent in your home. If they are gaining access through multiple entry points, you might need to use different kinds of bait or trapping methods for each type of rodent. You’d also need more traps to cover the separate entry points.
- The effectiveness of home remedies or rodent traps is often short-lived.
Removing the rodents from your home is only half of the process. You also need to figure out how to keep them from returning. You will need to secure all points of entry, otherwise they will move back in.
A rodent control professional can help eliminate your problem by removing the rodents, and prevent them from returning.
Can DIY Rodent Control Save You Money?
- It seems like DIY rodent control would save you money, but that’s not always the case. It could end up costing you more than if you’d hired a professional from the start.
- It can be difficult to identify the type of rodents that have invaded your home. It’s even more of a challenge since they are nocturnal, and difficult to see. You might end up guessing about which species they are, but then you’d also be guessing about which trap or type of bait to use. That could lead to trying several different types before you find one that works – all of which will cost you more time and more money.
Risks of DIY Rodent Control
- Rodent droppings and urine can carry disease-causing pathogens. If you try to trap rodents yourself, you’d need to crawl around in your attic or crawl space, and would be exposing yourself to these hazards.
- Trying to trap rodents in an attic can be hazardous. Besides the rodents, there could also be spiders or other unexpected pests living up there.
- If you don’t have a finished attic, you will run the risk of falling through the floor, or injuring yourself on exposed beams.
It’s safer for you, and your family, if you rely on an experienced rodent control professional.
The Right Choice for Rodent Infestations
It can difficult to choose which DIY tasks you can handle yourself, and which ones require the experience of a professional. When it comes to rodent control, give us a call. A trained technician can assess your situation and help customize a removal and prevention plan.