In the Pacific Northwest, rats and mice can be much more than a nuisance. These little invaders can be detrimental to your health. They can contaminate food, counter tops, and other items in your home. If you see evidence of a mouse or a rat in your home, should you call a professional mouse exterminator for mouse control in Seattle?
Getting rid of rodents on your own can be hard or even dangerous if not handled properly. A professional mouse exterminator company is almost always the best option for getting rid of these unwanted guests.
Rodent control professionals are specifically trained to deal with the difficulties and threats presented by mice, rats and other members of the rodent family. Successfully removing a mouse or rat infestation is more involved than you would think. (Spoiler alert: for an example of a thorough solution, read about our unique 4-step Rodent Removal Process.)
A professional rodent control specialist will work with you to make an effective plan for helping to control your mouse problem. This plan will take in to account your home's particular needs. Here are 7 reasons why choosing a pest control professional makes the most sense:
Why Hire Professionals for Mouse Control in Seattle?
1. Knowledge and training on whether to use traps or baits, as well as knowledge of where to place them, is important for effective rodent control.
How do you know the best places to put mouse traps? Should you use bait or not? What kind of trap would work best? Mouse control professionals have trained specifically to understand mouse and rat infestations and behavior. They can place traps in the most effective locations to help eradicate mice.
2. Rodent populations tend to be much larger than the isolated individuals you actually see.
Most often, you won't see mice or rats around your home. Instead you will find evidence of an infestation near their food or nest. Seeing a mouse in the daytime can be evidence of an extremely large infestation!
Rats and mice breed prolifically. A mouse is able to start breeding when it is just 30 days old. Each female can have a litter of 5-6 young every 30 days. Their young can start having young of their own in just 30 days. Just like cockroaches, the population of mice or rats can be much larger than what you might think.
3. Rodent control professionals have the knowledge and equipment needed to address rodent infestations.
Rodent control professionals have experience with mouse control in Seattle. Eastside Exterminators has been protecting families in the greater Seattle area since 1969! By hiring our licensed technicians, you won't have to worry about buying respirators, disposable coveralls, ladders, exclusion tools and equipment, traps, bait stations and more. Our professionals have the equipment to get the job done right and solve your problem in the safest, most efficient way possible. .
4. Finding and sealing all the entry points that allow mice and rats into your home requires a thorough inspection by a trained professional in rodent behavior.
Keeping mice and rats out of your home is called "Rodent Exclusion." It is a very detailed and thorough process to go through each nook and cranny, every tiny little corner, every spot where the roof angles come together, each vent and confluence of your foundation and crawl space, to find all possible "entry points" (places where mice or other rodents can get inside the home). Each entry point must be plugged, sealed, and fortified against future mouse activity. There are lots of effective materials to use against the incoming mice, like metal flashing, 1/4-inch wire mesh screen, steel wool or copper cloth, and expandable foam insulation. Mouse professionals know where to look and what to use to solve the problem.
5. Rodent control specialists are trained in the use of sanitary equipment — gloves, masks, respirators and other protective gear — that should be used when cleaning-up rodent-infested areas.
It is extremely important to protect yourself from the biological hazards that mice and other rodents present (see the Center for Disease Control website). Mouse control professionals have the right equipment to get the job done safely, without risking your health and the health of your family. Hire a knowledgeable pest control professional to handle the job the right way the first time!
6. Specialists in mouse control in Seattle will safely access parts of your house that you might not want to go in to, like attics, crawl spaces and roof areas.
Save yourself the trouble of squeezing into dirty, dust-filled, tight quarters. Professional rodent control companies have trained technicians who will go through those hidden areas of your home's structure that you might wish to avoid. Some of these places where mice and rats tend to thrive are even dangerous for humans to access and require special equipment to ensure safety. Trust your rodent control professional to have the right gear to get the job done safely.
7. Pest management professionals like our rodent inspection specialists will be able to spot signs of other nuisances or infestations.
When you crawl around in the world of rats and mice long enough, you find that they share space with other home invaders like spiders, ants, cockroaches, stinging insects, and much more. Your professional technician can warn you about other possible infestations. Then he or she will help start a long-term solution to other pest problems that you don't realize are threatening your home and family.
Why Rodents Should Be Removed
Apart from being destructive pests and prolific breeders, many rodents are carriers of harmful pathogens that can spread disease. Both direct and indirect contact with rodents, including their droppings and urine, can put humans and pets at risk.
Mouse Damage in the Home
Though mice and rats do like to live in close proximity to humans, these furry little invaders are still wild animals. As such, they can engage in behaviors that can be annoying, damaging and challenging to prevent. For example, mice, rats and other rodents frequently:
- Gnaw on and scratch household items, including furniture, books, clothing, carpets and more.
- Contaminate food items, linens, clothing and surface areas of the home with their urine and droppings.
- Scavenge food and gnaw through food storage containers in cabinets and pantry areas.
- Eat from pet bowls and chew through pet food boxes and bags.
- Gnaw on electrical wiring, which can cause appliance failures or spark a fire.
- Chew through insulation in walls and attics
- Make nests in walls, attics and air ducts, creating unpleasant odors that can fill adjacent rooms.