Why You Shouldn't Try To Get Rodents Out Of Your San Jose Home On Your Own

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You can do everything right, and still, a rodent might find its way into your home. What do you do if you find a mouse or rat has gotten into your attic, crawlspace, garage, or even walls? You could try to handle it yourself, but do-it-yourself pest removal isn't as easy as you might think. Why not contact trusted the professionals at Bay Pest Solutions. Worried about professional costs? Keep reading to learn why it is best to turn to experts when it comes to rodents in your home.

Signs Of A Rodent Infestation

If you have mice or rats in your home, you may not see them right away. Instead, you may hear, smell, or notice other signs that rodents have found their way into your San Hose home. 

  • Droppings: This is one of the most common signs of a rodent. Rodent droppings are pellet-like but vary from species in size and shape. Mouse droppings will be smaller and appear pointed on each end, while rat droppings can be pill-shaped. If you find droppings, you should use proper precautions when cleaning them up, such as gloves and a mask.
  • Chew marks and holes: This is another common sign of rodent activity. If you find small markings throughout your house on materials such as cardboard and wood, you may have rodents living in your home. A hole in a wall may indicate an entry point the rodent uses to gain access to your home. If they continue to run rampant and chew, this could result in expensive damages. 
  • Smells: A musky smell may indicate rodents. It will get stronger as the infestation worsens. In contrast, a rotting smell could mean you have a dead rodent. In this case, you will want to call professionals immediately. Handling dead pests can be hazardous and should be done with proper protection.
  • Pet behavior- If your dog or cat is focused on one specific area of the house and exhibits odd behavior like scratching at barking at walls, it indicates that they can see or smell something that you don't. Trust your pet's instincts, and investigate further.
  • Tracks and grease markings: As a rodent runs around your home, you may be able to find tracks in areas that collect dust. In a similar sense, if a rodent is brushing against a wall, you might see oily rub marks.

DIY Pest Control

Your first instinct upon discovering a rodent infestation might be to place traps. This may be effective but can also cause you more problems. Many rodent traps are intended to lure the pests out which, in the long run, might worsen the infestation.

When laying traps, you have to be mindful of where you place them. You won't want to set a rodent trap where a child or pet can reach them. Professionals have experience and training about the most effective areas to lay traps. Furthermore, they position traps in a way that is safe for you, your pets, and your children. If you are successful in trapping the rodent, you still have to find where it was coming into the house. If you do not do this and rectify the entry point, more pests will be able to make their way inside. 

The Best Way to Clear Your Home of Pests

Let's be honest, rodents are not a welcome sight in any home. They will leave droppings and cause extensive damage over time. Furthermore, they spread harmful diseases such as leptospirosis, lymphocytic choriomeningitis, tularemia, and salmonellosis.  

Taking care of your property is already stressful enough without dealing with the hazards of a rodent infestation. Fortunately, the experts at Bay Pest are here to help with all of your pest problems. With over 40 years of experience, we have the tools and expertise to rid your San Jose property of unwanted pests.  

Find out more about our rodent control options by contacting us and speaking with one of our pest experts. Not only will we help you control a current infestation, but we will implement measures to keep out rodents in the future. Reach out to us today to schedule your free inspection. 

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