There are several rodents that can create trouble in Chandler yards. They damage lawns, chew on trees, cut down plants in landscaping, and do other wonderful things. But, today, we're going to focus less on these lawn rodents and furry-tailed rodents and put a spotlight on rats and mice. They're the ones that get into your home, make noises in your walls, and damage your stuff. Our goal is to unravel some of the confusion Chandler residents sometimes have about rodent control. We'll discuss what works, what doesn't, and most of all, how professionals handle rodent pest control in Chandler. When you're done reading, you'll know everything you need to know about rodent control. Are you ready? Let's get right into it.
What Kinds Of Rodent Control Exist?
There are many ways to control rodents. Some are gentle. Some are aggressive and lethal. We can understand why you would want to go after rats and mice with both barrels and give them everything you've got, but that strategy can lead to trouble if you don't apply your rodent control products correctly. If you decide to be gentle, that can fall short as well. Natural methods can have a variety of results, some of them are not good at all.
Traps: The tried-and-true method of rodent control is the deployment of spring traps or snap traps. Both work well to capture rodents. Unfortunately, when deployed incorrectly, rats and mice will avoid capture. Rodents can avoid even the smartest, fanciest, and most expensive traps available. There are many reasons for this. Professionals use methods and field-tested strategies to outsmart rodents, and follow up with inspections to make sure the trapping program achieved the desired results. When untrained individuals deploy traps, they often get no results. What's worse, improperly deployed traps can harm rodents. When a little mouse gets its leg caught in a spring trap, it will chew it off to escape.
Rodenticide: These are the products that rodents eat. After a lethal dosage, you won't have any more trouble with those rodents. But, there is a drawback to using rodenticide to solve rodent problems. If rodents die in your walls, they're going to create a foul odor. Professionals use this rodent control method when rodents are not yet inside a structure. It effectively reduces rodent populations and is useful against large populations. Is this method safe for your dog or cat? It is okay for your pet to eat rodents that are exposed to most rodenticides used by professionals, but certain over-the-counter products present a risk. Why are professional-grade rodenticides safer? Anticoagulant baits used in rodent control are formulated with low dosages of active ingredients and are put in protective, tamper-resistant devices. A dog or cat would have to have access to bait and eat a large amount compared to what is required to stop a mouse or a rat. Neither is possible with professional control.
Repellents: There are many products that are geared toward driving rodents out of structures naturally. The most common is naturally derived sprays, such as a peppermint oil repellent. While repellents have some efficacy, they fall short when not properly administered. Weather conditions can impact the success of treatments, rodents can avoid treated areas, and sometimes they just put up with the smell. When rodent control fails, you'll continue to have health implication and property damage.
These are the primary methods for controlling rodent activity and removing rodents from homes. We did not touch on all of the many home remedies that are available through online video resources and social media. The home remedies offered by on-line influencers typically have zero impact on rodents or are entirely untested in research environments. When someone puts out a product to stop rodents and has no more issues with rodents after using their home remedy, they think the product they created was successful. But this is speculative. Often, the results have little or nothing to do with the home remedy applied.
Now, let's take a look at a product you'll find at the store that promises to naturally repel rodents with little or no effort on your part. They're called ultrasonic rodent repellers.
Does Electronic Rodent Control Work?
How great would life be if you could just plug ultrasonic rodent repellers in half a dozen outlets and say goodbye to all the little rodents in your home? The sad reality is that, in scientific studies, ultrasonic devices have been found to have no effect on targeted pests, including rodents. Rats and mice will just put up with the sound these devices create, so don't let the promise of easy rodent control trick you into getting these devices. You're likely to be disappointed.
Is Rodent Control Expensive?
People often think that rodent control is too expensive so they try to do it themselves. What is not commonly understood is that you can get year-round pest control that comes with rodent control. During your service visits, your technician will check traps and remove any rodents found. If no rodents are found in the traps, your technician will check for rodent activity and warning signs. Ongoing rodent management is a cost built into year-round service that works to address a long list of other pests that you don't want inside your home. The trick is to make sure rodent control is included with your pest control plan.
Can Green Home Pest Control Help With Rodents In My Home?
Not all pest control providers offer rodent control, and the companies that provide this service offer a variety of solutions. At Green Home Pest Control, not only do we offer rodent control, we have developed a solution that is based on the application of botanically and organically derived products. We're able to use these products even in sensitive environments. On top of this, the methods we use are environmentally friendly. At the core of our control strategy is Integrated Pest Management (IPM), recognized by the U.S. government as the highest level of pest control. How does IPM rodent control work?
- Inspections. Our technicians perform a detailed inspection of your property to locate rodent activity, entry points, potential routes, conducive conditions, and other critical factors. The information gathered is used to customize each rodent treatment to the specific conditions found on-site.
- Sanitation. A helpful and all-natural solution for rodents is to control potential food sources and alter ideal habitats. Rodents eat several times a day. A little mouse will eat 15 to 20 times a day! Removing food can drive rats and mice out. Sanitation also addresses cluttered spaces, which rodents need for navigation. Both mice and rats have poor eyesight and use their whiskers to feel for objects in their environment. An open space is naturally resistant to rodent activity. Your technician will work with you to find solutions to deal with unsanitary conditions that inspire rodent activity.
- Rodent-proofing. Rats and mice use tiny gaps and openings to get into your home and move about inside. Applying materials to close off access is an all-natural and long-lasting solution. Your IPM technician will apply exclusion on the exterior of your home and also in critical interior locations, such as around the pipes that come in under your kitchen sink. Exclusion work is at the heart of a natural and effective rodent control strategy.
- Population control. There are many ways to cull rodent populations. A professional may apply bait, but will do so outside of your home, so that rodents don't die in your walls. The bait products we use are botanical and present no risk for your dog or cat. Another effective method of population control is the application of birth control products. When rodents eat the bait, they are no longer able to reproduce. Applying a product like this helps your technician to get ahead of population growth and remove all the rodents for your home.
- Trapping. It may seem harmful to use traps but they're actually quite humane. When deployed correctly, traps exterminate rodents quickly. They don't suffer. The primary issue with rats and mice is that they present a significant risk to human health and property. It is not good to relocate them as is frequently done with other wildlife. Professionals have to exterminate them on-site or off-site. It is cost effective to do so on-site.
- Education. Every IPM program has an educational element. Not only will your technician help you by pointing out areas where sanitation can help, but they will also share strategies you can use to limit the attractants that make rats and mice want to live inside your home. Your technician may also suggest areas where building materials are damaged and in need of repair. It doesn't take much of a hole to allow small rodents to get into your home.
Do you need rodent control in Chandler? Drop us a line. The service team at Green Home Pest Control can guide you toward an effective and gentle solution to your rat or mouse problem. Our technicians have the training and experience to get the best results every time.