The Problem With DIY Pest Control In the Bay Area

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When mice or rats get into a Bay Area home (and it will usually be one or the other) there are many problems that can arise. Rodents leave urine and feces in the places they roam. They drop ticks, fleas, and other parasites. They leave microorganisms on surfaces, silverware, plates and cutting boards. They damage property by chewing holes, and they present a fire hazard when they chew on wires. But, an unexpected way mice and rats can present a threat to Bay Area residents is that they're difficult to control.

DIY Trapping

One of the first control methods a homeowner will consider is to place down rodent traps. This is a good option. Unfortunately, it isn't easy to trap a mouse or a rat.

  • Rodents are clever animals. If they have a bad experience with a rodent trap, they can start to avoid them.
  • Rodents have a keen sense of smell. If you touch the traps with your bare hands, a mouse or a rat will be able to smell you on the trap and they will avoid it.
  • Rodents are fast. If you lay down spring traps, it is possible for a rodent to move quickly enough to avoid the spring on that trap. If it does, it's not likely to be fooled a second time. When a rodent doesn't move fast enough, it can get its leg caught in the trap. This can lead to a very unpleasant situation as mice and rats are known to gnaw their appendages off to escape traps. This can cause the rodent to escape into your walls. If it dies, this can lead to secondary pest issues. There are many pests that feed on rodents.

Home Remedies

Some Bay Area residents turn to home remedies to solve pest problems. While there are many smart home remedies out there, there are also several that can fall short of providing the results you want. Have you heard that mothballs can keep mice out of your home? If so, you should know that mice have been observed crawling over mothballs in laboratory experiments. You're not going to get control of rodents with mothballs. You're also going to have limited results with essential oils and other things that smell bad to rodents. Mice and rats are driven to eat. Mice will eat 15 to 20 times a day. If they've found food in your home, you're not going to deter them by putting something stinky down to keep them out. All you're likely to accomplish is to drive mice or rats to chew holes to go from wall voids directly into food storage areas, thus completely bypassing the stinking things you've applied.

You Could Just Move Rodents Around

Some homeowners turn to advanced technologies to address mice and rat infestations. Before you get too excited, you should know that there are a lot of products on the market that have unexpected results. Sonic devices are a good example. If you plug something in that makes a noise rodents don't like, you should know that this is only likely to cause rodents to move out of the general area. The frequency required to drive rodents out of your home is also likely to drive all the humans out of your homes as well. 

Continued Health Issues And Property Damage

When rodent control fails, you may not realize it. Mice and rats can be active in your home without making any detectable sounds. DIY pest control can leave you at risk for rodent-related sickness and ongoing property damage. It is also important to consider the fact that property damage caused by rodents can lead to other issues, such as wood rot, black mold, and more.

It's A Lot Of Work

Now that you know a few of the ways DIY rodent control can fail, and the unwanted consequences of failed DIY rodent control, it is important to point out that this failure comes after you've expended a lot of energy and time trying to get control of the rodents in your home. Life has enough challenges, doesn't it? The best solution for rodent control in the Bay Area is to contact Bay Pest. We offer competitive rates for effective mouse and rat control. Our technicians have the training and experience to address your rodent control problem.

Bay Area Rodent Control

At the first sign of rodent issues, reach out to Bay Pest and request rodent control services. We offer one-way door installation, trapping, baiting, glue board monitoring, sanitation service, attic insulation removal and replacement, and exclusions that seal mice and rats out of your Bay Area home. Let our team guide you toward the right control solution for your rodent infestation. Drop us a line on our contact page to get started.

7. Oriental Cockroaches Can Be Controlled.

It can seem like Oriental cockroaches are impossible to control because they are so resilient and resourceful, but the licensed pest professionals here at Bay Pest know how to arrest Oriental cockroach infestations and prevent these roaches from getting into homes and businesses.

Are you having trouble with Oriental cockroaches or some other cockroach pest? Reach out to Bay Pest today and request a pest control inspection. We take a look at your cockroach problem and guide you in selecting the right pest control solution. You don't have to battle those roaches alone. 

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