They might be as adorable, or they might be big and loathsome, but the fact is this' their constant need to munch something is going to do a lot more harm than good to your home. Rodents can wreck serious havoc on your woodwork, panelling, siding – and even insulation. Add that to the amount of debris they leave (plus the mess they cause) in your kitchen cabinets – which in itself surely, is very frustrating.
With the ever increasing prices of food everywhere, can you afford to fix up "dinners" for your furry friends, as well as your own dinners? Even if you could, it wouldn't be such. a brilliant idea
Rodent Extermination Cost
When deciding how to get rid of rodents (either by hiring a pest control agency or going full DIY), a lot of people ask this question: "how much does rodent extermination cost exactly?" The truth is, there's no definite answer to that question. While a rough estimate would be between $100-$300, it actually depends on a number of factors. Here are some of the major determinants of the cost of rodent extermination:
1. Size of Home
This, coupled with the number of rooms, is a major factor in the cost of getting rid of rodents.
The extermination experts will first inspect the house, and especially places like:
- Cabinets and kitchen counters
- Closets and doors
- Doors and ducts (both internal and external ones)
If your house is big and also cramped with stuff, it will increase the cost of controlling rodents.
2. The Cost of Prevention and/or Repairs
Sealing all the rodents' points of entry may be expensive, depending on the amount of damage dealt and the cost of the repair materials. If you're dealing with rats, they tend to prove more difficult to deal with than rats; they will chew through anything their teeth can handle, to get into your house. If they've been longtime tenants, they most likely have left a whole lot of debris and also their droppings, urine trails and "building materials." A good idea would be to ask the pest control expert for a list of needed materials for the repairs and the cost, this will help you decide if it's something you can afford, or maybe try your hand at the repairs.
3. The Population of Rodents In Your House
The population of rodents will determine the number of traps the exterminator will set. There are different methods the exterminating companies use. Some use snap traps while others use bait stations.
The costs of these devices vary, with big-sized bait stations costing between $5-$10 and snap traps costing between $3-$10. This simply implies that, the number of traps needed is directly dependent on the (estimated) number of rodents in your house.
Rodent Extermination Methods
Tackle the issue immediately when spot signs of their encroachment – do you want to wait till when you're jumping on a chair to avoid that mouse racing across the room. If it gets to that, you’ll be fighting a battle rather than just defending your borders.
If you’ve been aware of the presence of the rodents early enough, you may be able to successfully employ the use of non-lethal force.
All you would need to do is to block all their entry points and force them to find other places.
Fill any holes they might be entering through and "potty" cracks. Silicon gel screens and steel wool (which they can't chew through) are great options for blocking entry points.
A great option for individuals who have kids around (or pets) is to use natural rodent repellents.
Some people suggest soaking some cotton balls in peppermint oil near openings and in places where rodents usually visit. Others suggest keeping black pepper in bowls near food items.
Bunches of mint and/or lavender are also a great way to ward off rodents naturally.
Another solution is an odor based repellant – these use the scent of predatory animals to frighten rodents off.
The rodents are tricked into thinking they're in "dangerous territory" after picking up the scents.
Live traps can work effectively – plus you get to show a little compassion – but only if you take your imposing "housemates" farther enough from home that they get lost trying to get back.
Also don't forget that rodents spread a lot of diseases – remember plague? – so you may want to consider that before you go moving them all around town. The more common lethal traps are probably a safer, more effective option.
Also consider the location of your traps. Most rodents have "bad eyes" and keep close to the foot f the walls and only come out into space only when necessary.
So, place traps only in their paths of passage.
A rodent smoke bomb is one that is designed to kill rodents outdoors. They work by smoking out burrowers such as rats. Although fairly effective, it's not really a humane method of rodent extermination – just picture a person dying of toxic smoke inhalation! Rodent smoke bombs may prove to be effective, depending on the method of use and the brand. Extreme care should be taken in using and handling rodent smoke bombs.
True to their name, rodent smoke bombs give off smoke in very large quantities.
They are only approved to be used outdoors; they are not meant for indoor use. The chemicals used to make them are highly toxic to humans and animals alike – think about your pets. They should be placed near sighted burrows and holes at least six inches. After lighting them, the burrows should be blocked. The fact is that the impact of smoke bombs is only short-lived.
It's not an effective long term rodent control method. Rodents tend to return and "rebuild" within a number of days. It is important to follow the directions of use for each brand of smoke bombs. After you've conquered your "foes", you should avoid round two: make an effort to keep food stored in sealed containers and be aware of other potential attractions (dog or cat food, crumbs and similar lures). By taking away the incentive – food, you can finally stop sending invitations to those rascally rodents for a return visit. Overall, effective, long-lasting rodent control will be easily achieved if you hire a pest control expert to help "fight your battles."