Rodent Control: DIY or Hire a Professional?
Updated: Mar 21
Rodent infestations can cause serious health concerns in the household, but many people often balk at the cost of dealing with the pests. No wonder some choose to take care of the problem themselves, thinking that it would cost them a lot to hire professionals for rodent control. But will DIY-ing this issue resolve it?
Cost of DIY vs Professional Rodent Control Services
The cost of hiring experts in controlling the rodent infestation in your home or office depends on a few critical factors, such as the following:
Size. The bigger the property is, the longer it will take to search for and seal the pests’ entry points.
Extent of the infestation. The more rodents there are, the more baits, traps, and cleanup are needed.
Accessibility. The harder it is to get to the center of the infestation, the more expensive the cost of rodent control will be. It will be harder to seal off entry points, fix the damage, remove the feces, and ensure that every last one of the rodents is removed from the property.
According to Home Advisor, professional rodent cleanup services can cost between $200 and $600 or more for a severe infestation in a large property.
You might want to look for companies offering a free rodent inspection. Others may charge you around $100 or $250 if you have a bigger property.
Another website estimated that controlling an infestation may cost $400 to $2,000, but this will include either monthly or quarterly treatments and depends on how pervasive the infestation is.
On the other hand, you can DIY this project. The cost varies based on how severe the infestation and what type of rodents are present.
While you can save money on labor, you will still have to spend around $20 to $100 for a professional insecticide, $15 to $200 on a sprayer, and less than $20 on a disposable protective suit or $200 for a complete bee suit. You will also have to pay $100 for a full safety kit or $20 for disposable ones and $75 to $150 for bait guns.
These expenses for your DIY project pile up quickly. You might even have to invest in other necessary rodent control equipment, which will further increase the DIY cost.
Risks Involved in Stopping a Rodent Infestation
Chemicals used to terminate rodents can also be dangerous to other household members, especially children and pets.
Professional rodent control experts know how to handle the chemicals properly to prevent contamination, poisoning, and accidents. They also invest in full safety gear for themselves.
Baits and traps can pose risks of injuries to anyone or anything that aren’t rodents.
Rodents are carriers of disease-causing pathogens. You wouldn’t want to come into contact with their urine or droppings that could make you ill.
Different solutions apply to different types of rodents. If you cannot even determine what types of rodents you have in your property, you cannot expect to find the right chemicals, baits, or traps to use on them.
Why Hire Professionals
Here are five good reasons why you should call for professional rodent infestation control:
• They have proper knowledge and training on what exact bait, trap, or treatment to use for specific rodents and where to put them, increasing the effectivity of the solution.
• They are trained to conduct a thorough inspection following rodent behavior, helping them find entry points more quickly and sealing them off.
• They are experts at using proper safety gear, such as masks, gloves, and respirators, among others, to prevent contamination.
• They help you save time and money in the long run, especially if you are new to rodent issues and don’t have to do a trial and error in removing the pests off your property.
• They can give you peace of mind knowing that you don’t have to share your space with destructive and dangerous rodents anymore.
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Pulling off a DIY rodent control might be possible if you have a small infestation, something that you cannot even be 100% about if you’re not trained to look at potential rodent entry points. If you have a large property to secure against these pests and don’t want to waste time trying different solutions that might work, it would be best to hire professionals instead. They know what they are doing and exactly what pests they are dealing with, thanks to their knowledge and training.
Remember that it’s your health and safety that are at risk here if the rodent problem continues. Hiring professional rodent treatment services might be one of the most important investments you’ll make today.
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