Why You Shouldn't Try to Treat Rodent Infestations Alone
A rodent infestation in the home is a huge problem. Rodents present all sorts of difficulties in the house. They will:
⦁ Waste and contaminate food.
⦁ Chew on surfaces and damage them; plaster walls, wood, and pipes.
⦁ Tear up paper and fabric for use as nesting material.
⦁ Litter the home with their waste and cause bad odors around the house.
⦁ Expose the people who live in the house to several illnesses and diseases.
⦁ Embarrass or frighten you and your guests.
But despite all these challenges, the presence of rodents in a home can be incredibly hard to detect. Mice are adapted to survive and very sneaky by nature. They can be completely quiet and immobile if they need to be. And they are usually active only when the people in the home are asleep or when they are not present in a room.
Furthermore, rodents are hard to catch or kill. They are highly intelligent and learn very fast. As a result, when they enter a home, they soon master the people's routines and habits in the house. They know when it is safe to come out of their hiding places or where they can safely go, as well as the unsafe places.
As McCawPropertyManagement.com explains, when a home is infested with rodents, getting rid of them can be both difficult and dangerous. If you fail with the pest control effort, you make the problem harder to solve. That's because you unintentionally make the pests smarter. That is why you should never attempt to get rid of rodents by yourself. Adopting a DIY approach to pest infestation could be counterproductive.
Here are the reasons why this is true:
⦁ Most homeowners underestimate the problems
People believe that catching or killing rodents, especially mice, is easy since all that is needed is the right trap or poison. Sadly, that thinking makes the naïve assumption that a mouse, driven by hunger, will be helpless to prevent itself from getting trapped or poisoned. However, the reality is that mice can go hungry for up to four days, and they will go to great lengths to avoid food if they suspect it has been intentionally laid-out for them.
Homeowners also underestimate the extent of a rodent infestation because they misjudge mice's ability to reproduce and conceal themselves. When mice start to appear openly in a home, you may be sure there is a family of them in the house. Rodents are social creatures and travel in groups. They also multiply at a ferocious rate when they get into a fairly comfortable environment, like your home.
⦁ Mice are dangerous
Common mice diseases which can spread to humans are Hantavirus and Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis. Mice also spread salmonella and carry parasites, such as ticks and fleas, which spread Lyme disease, Plague, and Colorado Tick Fever. In addition to these problems, mice make you susceptible to illnesses when they put their dirty paws, claws, and mouth into your food. Getting bitten by mice or handling a dead or living one is another way mice diseases spread.
⦁ Rodenticides kill more than mice
Rat or mice poison can be toxic to all mammals and birds. They can kill your pets and endanger your children. Most of them are harmful even when breathed or touched, so pets and children do not have to ingest the substances before getting hurt. Moreover, mice or rats that are poisoned by them can end up dying inside the walls of the home, which can be a problem itself.
⦁ Trap selection and placement is not simple
Most mouse traps do not work. Rodents have gotten wise to them and will avoid the devices. And in some cases, a rat will get the bait out of the trap without setting it off or getting caught. There should be a careful selection of mousetraps. And mousetrap placement requires adjustments to the behavior of the rodents in a particular home. Rats have become smarter, and capturing them requires the use of smart technologies and scientific approaches.
The right way to get rid of rodents
Pest control efforts in the home demand a variety of strategies to detect the presence of pests, evaluate the extent of the infestation, and determine the habits of the animals. They employ a range of techniques designed to completely solve the problem while also protecting humans and pets and limiting damage to the environment. That is why the best way to eliminate pests is to hire a licensed rodent control company.
A licensed rodent control company will do a thorough assessment of the problem to implement the best solutions. That includes:
⦁ Using tracking powders to determine the habits of the creatures.
⦁ Using disguised traps and conditioning to make it easier to trap the mice.
⦁ Installing tamper-proof bait stations that eliminate the possibility of failure.
⦁ Deploying interior and exterior treatments to achieve complete control.
⦁ Implementing solutions that seal the home and prevent new rodents from entering.
⦁ Build follow-up visits into the plan to ensure the problem is completely solved.
If you think you have a wildlife or pest infestation, please reach out to us as soon as you can so that we can handle the problem for you.
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-Wildlife x Team International