Mice and rats are pests that you don’t want to mess around with. If you’ve noticed a single mouse scampering through your yard, it may not seem like a big issue. However, there are a couple of aspects of rodents that make them a real danger to the people who come into even minimal contact with them. At Sterling Pest Control, we can let you know what the problems are and whether you are safe to tackle rodent pests on your own, or if it’s better to leave it to a pest control professional.
For one thing, any pest control professional will tell you that where you find one mouse or rat, there will shortly be a lot more. Both rats and mice have short gestation periods and become sexually mature at a young age. This means that they can multiply quickly, which is one major reason their species continues to thrive.
For another thing, rats and mice both carry parasites and certain types of viruses, like the Hanta virus, that can be transmitted to humans if rodents get into their food or water supply. Taking care of a rodent infestation sooner rather than later can help alleviate the chances that something negative will come of their uninvited presence.
Do it Yourself or Leave it to a Pest Control Professional?
You might be tempted to set traps or put out poison. This works for the odd mouse out, but might not for a group of mice or a crafty family of rats. You can’t know whether you have a bigger problem unless you poke around in the attic or crawlspaces where the rodents might be. This can be dangerous for people without the proper covering or equipment. We recommend in many cases getting an estimate from a professional in pest control, who can tell you the extent of your problem and what can be done to get rid of it as soon as possible.